OUT NOW / CERT 15 / 111 MINS DIRECTOR John Hamburg CAST Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally
THERE’S A SOLID premise to this holiday comedy, with an eccentric tech millionaire (Franco) going to extreme lengths to impress his girlfriend Stephanie’s (Deutch) family, often with disastrous results. Surprisingly, Franco is the standout as an amiably chaotic guru with a ludicrous lifestyle, a bit of a shock to the system of Stephanie’s conservative, financially struggling dad Ned (Cranston). But no two characters seem to be in the same film, and the overall tone veers from holiday heartwarmer to raunchy rom-com to indie-tinged family dramedy with no concern for consistency at all. It has some laughs, but it feels like there’s probably a better film left somewhere in the edit room.