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Why Him?

Opening Date
29 Dec 2016
NC16 Coarse Language and Sexual References
111 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
John Hamburg
James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Meghan Mullaley, Zoey Deutch, Adam Devine
Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry—and Ned’s panic level—escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.
By Yian Lu  28 Dec 2016
Why Him? is a comedy that injects joyous mood this festive season with its simple yet entertaining plot.
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This comedy is pretty much what the title suggests, “Why him?” Laird (James Franco) is a billionaire of a game company who has no filter and “speaks English with a resounding amount of f***”. It is his quest this Christmas to win over his girlfriend’s dad, Ned (Bryan Cranston), to get his blessing for their marriage, and eventually propose to Stephanie (Zoey Deutch). But Ned just does not seem to get why his daughter would choose someone like Laird.

The Good
The plot is straight to the point yet hilarious when the serious Ned is up against the flippant Laird, who is trying very hard to gain Ned’s approval…in his own unconventional way. Why Him? highlights daddy issues that some may relate to through humour, albeit exaggerated. If you are in need of a good laugh, this is the movie to go for.

Although it may seem this movie is solely about Ned versus Laird, there are also a couple of interesting supporting characters. One of the more memorable ones is the “lady who lives in the ceiling” named Justine, an artificial intelligence like Siri but awesome, or at least what Laird claimed it to be. Voiced by Kaley Cuoco, Justine is the one who is always around, secretly eavesdropping on your conversations and sounding out suddenly, which is creepy but at times useful.

Another character is Gustav, Laird’s estate manager, who has an unplaceable accent. Apart from his obvious duties, Gustav also trains Laird to defend himself by doing surprise attacks, which Ned calls “the Pink Panther thing”. Slapstick as it is, Keegan-Michael Key still did pull off this character well.

The (Not That) Bad
The ending may not be quite what you expected it to be. But it feels like a hasty summary to round things up, with Gustav explaining what happened to the major characters through a video call.

And The Summary
Why Him? is a comedy that can inject joyous mood this festive season with its simple yet entertaining plot.
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