Why Him?
Why Him? (2016)

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 billionaire boyfriend, Laird… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 23, 2016
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Solidly cast but overall misconceived, Why Him? offers the odd chuckle, but ultimately adds disappointingly little to its tired father-vs.-fiancÚ formula.

James Berardinelli

I'm not going to lie. I laughed - just not as frequently or as hard as I would have liked to.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

Like "Meet the Parents," but littered with F-bombs, "Why Him?" is a holiday comedy that never quite figures itself out.

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John Serba

I recommend it with reservations, although I am also reserving the right to feel, someday, probably sooner rather than later, embarrassed for laughing at it as much as I did.

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Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly

It all works in theory. But the execution's off.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

For this puerile farce, director John Hamburg recycles a tired premise -- a straitlaced father disapproves of his daughter's freewheeling boyfriend -- and then drowns it in moose urine (really).

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Craig Mathieson
The Sunday Age

The script supplies some funny gags, but they're terribly overworked and come with a welter of unnecessary comic scaffolding.

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Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail

Uneven but funny enough ...

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

What say we tiptoe quietly away and pretend this movie never happened?

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

If, at the end of Cranston's run on "Breaking Bad," we all wondered whether he'd ever find a movie role as good as Walter White, this one is cause to shake our heads sadly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Why Him? No, the real question should be why was this film made? The premise itself seemed far too generic, even for its trailers. This was the question I had… More
Todd Smith
James Franco is raunchy, but sometimes he's so over-the-top, that his films start out funny, and half way through it's just not that funny anymore.… More
Jamie Clarke
With a good main cast I expected this to be much better, That's not to say it's a bad film as it's not but the story plods along never taking… More
Patrick Wrye
This is another movie in the vein of "your rating will depend on your like or dislike of crude humor." I was honestly pleasantly surprised by this… More
Jacob Smith
Philip Price
John Hamburg hasn't directed a feature film since 2009, but that film was I Love You, Man. Seven years and several television directing gigs later and… More