Director :John Hamburg
Producer : Stuart Cornfeld, Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller
Cast : James Franco, Bryan Cranston
Genre : Romance/Comedy
Release Date : 23 December, 2016
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Awesome-o-metre : 5.9/10
Revue of WHY HIM?
Bryan Cranston is Ned Fleming, an overprotective dad of Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) who during the Christmas season is introduced to Stephanie’s rich but carefree boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Ned frowns on Laird’s blithe attitude and panics when he learns of his intention to pop the question.
The fears of every father regarding his daughter are encapsulated in this movie. “Which kain guy my daughter go carry come house?” You see, fathers and daughters share a special bond and daddy must approve of the guy with whom she intends to settle down. When however, the guy is laid-back, foul mouthed and heavily tattooed, you best be sure that daddy is going to put up some stiff resistance.
The conflict of the movie borders on change and how people react to it. Ned is stuck in his old ways and is unwilling to adapt. However, it is easy to understand that people are comfortable with the status quo and fear any sort of change. As life is by its nature full of change however, you either adapt or go extinct. This kinda raises the question if new is always better?
I am of the old school and I am usually knocked for six when I see heavily tattooed guys carrying dreadlocks and throwing profanity all around. It’s really hard for me to understand these millennials with their lingo and carefree behavior, so I am sure that I would react just as Ned did. To that extent, the movie was relatable to me.
The movie does have some funny scenes and some rather not so funny scenes. The cast did a great job – my favorite being Bryan Cranston who never fails to impress me. James Franco was his usual cheeky self. There were also appearances by Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key and even a cameo from Tech Guru Elon Musk. Even Kaley Cuoco (of The Big Bang theory) makes an appearance (sort of).
Why Him?has some funny moments but is rather slow paced and not very compelling and earns 5.9/10 rating on my awesome-o-metre.