Why Him?

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A FAR­CI­CAL GEN­ER­A­TION-GAP com­edy in the vein of Meet the Par­ents that pits an­other so­cially awk­ward young man against his girl­friend’s over-pro­tec­tive fa­ther. Here, how­ever, it is James Franco’s un­in­hib­ited Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aire Laird who has the up­per hand when Bryan Cranston’s crusty Mid­west­ern pa­tri­arch Ned and his wife Barb

(Me­gan Mul­lally) pay a Christ­mas hol­i­day visit to his man­sion.

In­deed, it is Ned, hor­ri­fied at the prospect of Laird mar­ry­ing his daugh­ter Stephanie (Zoey

Deutch), who lands in one em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion af­ter an­other as he strives to thwart the match.

Con­fronted with the un­curbed Laird’s foul tongue, brazen tat­toos and hi-tech mod­ernist house, fud­dy­duddy Ned is hope­lessly at a loss. Un­for­tu­nately, so is the film, and the longer it goes on the less funny things be­come.

2016, 15, 111MIN


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