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Why Him? (2016)

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A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley millionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.


John Hamburg


John Hamburg (screenplay by), Ian Helfer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoey Deutch ... Stephanie Fleming
James Franco ... Laird Mayhew
Tangie Ambrose ... Patty Dunne
Cedric the Entertainer ... Lou Dunne
Bob Stephenson ... Jerry in Graphics
Bryan Cranston ... Ned Fleming
Megan Mullally ... Barb Fleming
Zack Pearlman ... Kevin Dingle
Griffin Gluck ... Scotty Fleming
Jee Young Han ... Marnie Dingle
Mary Pat Gleason ... Joyce
Juliette B. Reiss Juliette B. Reiss ... Applebee's Waiter
Melissa Graver ... Applebee's Waiter
Steffen Dziczek Steffen Dziczek ... Applebee's Waiter
Jimmy Badstibner ... Fleming Company Employee


Over the holidays, Ned, an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley millionaire boyfriend, Laird. The rivalry develops,and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question. Written by 20th Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The headboard to the Alaskan King bed in Ned and Barb's room at Laird's house, was made by Nick Offerman's "Offerman Workshop". Barb is played by Megan Mullally, who is married to Nick Offerman. See more »


Early in the movie the car is seen turning off the freeway onto "University Avenue, Palo Alto". The freeway is shown in a rural area. However, the Hwy 101 exits to University Avenue are unmistakably urban. The exit in the movie appears to be from Hwy 280, but University Avenue does not connect to Hwy 280 - the Hwy 280 exit to Palo Alto is Page Mill Road. See more »


Laird Mayhew: [During a Facetime chat] It's been like three fucking days. My balls are so blue right now, like dark blue, uh-oh. Like almost black. No, I'm fucking serious! Here, check it out!
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene with Gustav after the first credits. See more »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »


Written by Daniel DiPrima and Alexander Marlowe
Performed by Daniel DiPrima (as DDP)
Courtesy of Zombie Bank
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User Reviews

Overall great movie
14 March 2017 | by dreeves8115See all my reviews

Honestly, everyone who reviewed this movie must be very sad individuals. This movie obviously wasn't meant to be the best picture of the year, but it really had its own way of speaking to its viewers. The comedy wasn't what I thought it would be, but the overall emotion I felt from this movie was impeccable. It made me happy, it made me cringe, it made me laugh. This movie deserves no negative reviews, simply because it is what it is and if you don't appreciate that then don't bother leaving your negative opinion.

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Release Date:

23 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016

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1.85 : 1
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