Review by Monique Thompson
During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford University. While there, he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward boyfriend Laird (James Franco). Even though Laird is a billionaire, Ned disapproves of his freewheeling attitude and unfiltered language. His panic level escalates even further when he learns that Laird plans to ask for Stephanie’s hand in marriage.
If you’re at all sensitive to a plethora of f-bombs, I’d suggest you steer clear of this movie. Otherwise, you’re in for plenty of humor and super high energy right from the start. In Why Him?, Laird is every fathers worst nightmare: he’s loud, awkward, quirky, and is always brutally honest. Not to mention, his favorite choice word is that profane one that rhymes with truck. Still though, Stephanie is madly in love with Laird and is excited that her parents will finally get to meet him.
Ned, Stephanie’s mom Barb (Megan Mullally), and her little brother Scotty (Griffin Gluck) all head up to California for the Christmas holiday to meet her new beau. This will for surely be a Christmas to remember!
Why Him? is definitely not your typical Christmas movie. Things get super raunchy right from the start with plenty of r-rated humor. James Franco as Laird is a natural as the free-spirited billionaire who’s flashy yet extremely kindhearted. Overprotective dad Bryan Cranston is another natural, in a role that’s much different than his lead role on the drama series Breaking Bad. It’s great to see him shine again in a comedy, which shows his diversity.
Why Him? is fun, energetic, and an all-around funny film. Nothing serious at all, just down right raunchy comedy.