Ned and Barb Fleming (Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally) were invited by their daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) to spend the holidays with her in Stanford. It turns out that her daughter is already moving in with her crude billionaire boyfriend Laird (James Franco). Laird tries his best to impress the Flemings but Ned feels that Laird isn't the appropriate partner for her daughter. Soon, when Laird asks for Ned's blessing to marry Stephanie's things get a bit tougher when as Ned feels Laird's presence is actually tearing his family apart.
Why Him isn't the first of its kind, but it sure does know how to deliver comedy on the right spot. James Franco once again brings his comical talent in what he always does best and now pairs with the brilliant Bryan Cranston, who answers the challenge. The casting was perfect as the two basically knows how to throw the punch lines on the right moment which made the film extremely funny throughout.
The film might have tons of vulgar words and a lot cussing, but we didn't find it offensive and we laugh a lot every time James Franco disses. We loved its supporting cast who also made the film more interesting. Megan Mullally had one of the best scenes in the film, and she definitely gave her all to make it work. Griffin Gluck also did a terrific job as the youngest member of the Flemmings. It is just a bit awful to see Zoey Deutch sidelined as she might be the center of attraction, but she wasn't utilized well enough for her to leave a mark.
Overall, Why Him is another classic raunchy comedy entry from James Franco. If you love his humor, then this film is a must watch for you and your friends. It may be a late film that is due to a holiday release, but it is still a perfect present for those who want to watch a stress reliever flick this week.
Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 8.5 out of 10 stars
Cast: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch
Directed by: John Hamburg
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox PH
Opens February 1 in cinemas nationwide