“Why Him?” stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, and Keegan-Michael Key. Released on December 23, 2016, the film is about a father who gets into a feud with his daughter’s boyfriend.
The film is directed by John Hamburg, who also directed Safe Men, Along Came Polly, and I Love You, Man. Remember that feeling you get when your teenage daughter introduces her new boyfriend to you? That’s pretty much the best way for me to describe this latest R-rated comedy. Hamburg is no stranger to this type of concept, mostly because he was one of the screenwriters for the 2000 comedy, Meet the Parents, which also has a similar concept. James Franco has been pretty successful as a comedy star lately, but now that he’s teaming up with Breaking Bad star, Bryan Cranston, will his comedic streak continue with this film?
Good performances from the cast.
Cranston and Franco delivered some pretty entertaining chemistry together.
The humor was hilarious. There were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to go around.
The story was formulaic and predictable.
At some points, the humor can get in the way of its nicer moments, such as Franco’s consistent swearing.
Final thoughts: Despite the plot being formulaic, “Why Him?” offers enough R-rated laughs to deliver a surprisingly good time at the movies. It’s the type of film that you just go in and laugh at Franco dropping some F-bombs or laugh at Cranston being a crazy, overprotective father. Either way, you’ll be satisfied at what this film has to offer.