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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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Storyline

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), 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 (James Franco). 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

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

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

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23 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,002,986 (USA) (23 December 2016)

Gross:

$60,312,925 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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Trivia

Director John Hamburg was actor James Franco's professor at New York University. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene where James Franco's character tries multiple times to start a gas powered chain saw. Brian Cranston picks up the saw and is able to start it with one pull. In reality, Franco's multiple attempts would have flooded the engine and it would have to sit for a while before it could be successfully started. See more »

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Ned Fleming: I mean, what in God's name is a double dicker?
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References Peaky Blinders (2013) See more »

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Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Written by Joey Ramone
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Pleasantly surprised!
30 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

It might be prudent never to judge a book by its cover, but often enough, the author would give you a good idea what you're about to invest your time in. Bryan Cranston and James Franco doing a comedy together was enough to give me the necessary shove to press "Play" on this one.

I like comedies but finding a good one lately has been a challenge. Been disappointed many times with trailers that seem promising only to find out that those scenes are the best the entire movie has to offer. There have also recently been a bunch of comedies relying on the director's or the leads' reputation to carry the film to box office and critical success only to crash and burn upon release. This one is a rare exception. Congratulations to the team for getting it just right! James' Laird was a delicate balance. Annoying yet sweet, sometimes offensive but without being repulsive. Bryan's Ned fits the stereotype yet has been restrained enough to remain relatable. Even the cameo from Gene and Paul, though expected, came out fresh.

If you're looking for a fun movie, give this one a try. Be forewarned though of the liberal use of profanities.


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