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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.

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John Hamburg

Writers:

John Hamburg (screenplay by), Ian Helfer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Both Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally appeared on Seinfeld (1989). See more »

Goofs

During the helicopter scene, Laird's star 'tattoos' have started to dry and crack. See more »

Quotes

Ned Fleming: Pardon my French, but fuck that noise!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Eastern Promises (2007) See more »

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Trim Your Tree
Written by Jimmy Butler and Mitchell Lee (as Mitchell Leigh)
Performed by Jimmy Butler
Courtesy of SLG, LLC
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Only in a comedy could the weak link be an Oscar nominated actor...
21 December 2016 | by nathannicolarobertscoukSee all my reviews

Possibly more so than any other genre, a solid ensemble cast (as well as the script, of course) is the absolute key to unlocking a decent comedy and unfortunately, the very central piece lets the whole film down: Bryan Cranston is not a leading comic and it very obviously shows. As one of this year's Best Actor nominees, Cranston fails to come across naturally in this lead role, with every joke and riff feeling more like a stiff and laboured effort than an organic energy, as the rest of his cast demonstrate, who are all more typically associated with the genre - and it really rather shows. His lead co-star, Franco, does a far more convincing job and manages to translate what should be an irritating and obnoxious character into a far more likable and funny character than expected. Megan Mullally is also worth a mention; the Parks and Rec star has a rather small role but manages to make quite the impression as Barb, even when the script doesn't quite serve her well enough, including a prolonged scene in which she is determined to have sex with her husband - this same plot was employed with absolutely hilarious results in Parks and Rec (in which she played the outrageous Tammy Two) but it falls completely flat here through no fault of her own. It's another example of a committed performance ploughing against all the odds. Talking of ploughing, the absolute star of this film is the youngest cast member - Griffin Gluck is continually hilarious and awarded the script's biggest laughs, but it is his conviction and joyous performance that secures these laughs, making him the most memorable element of the film, even with the lowest-billing of the main five stars.

FULL REVIEW - http://perksofbeingnath.blogspot.com/2016/12/why-him-2016-review.html


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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

23 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$60,323,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,102,725
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1.85 : 1
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