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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Jason Best
Movie Talk

The more Franco swears or flashes his tats, the less funny things become, although Keegan-Michael Key as Laird's wacky assistant does raise the odd chuckle with his Pink-Panther-style, martial-arts ambushes of his boss.

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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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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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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Quite funny. Especially the earlier parts of the film.
Brendan Nicholls
Typical raunchy, showy and crude hollywood comedy film. There are some really funny moments but these cliche romantic comedies don't need all this money to… More
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
Jacob Smith
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
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