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Why Him ?

Why Him ?
Starring:
Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Griffin Cluck: along with Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS


Rated: R for strong language and sexual material throughout.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: December 23, 2016 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Even with an interesting talented cast Why Him disappoints.

Bryan Cranston is the father who is blindsided by his daughter played by Zoey Deutch when he and his wife (Megan Mullally) are invited to Southern California for Christmas to meat Laird Mayhew (James Franco).

Franco's who plays Laird is an out of control wealthy programer who produces computer games with an interesting staff that hang out at his very posh dwelling. Shocked to find out that his precious daughter is planning to leave school and tie up with the young very rich Laird.

From there Franco attempts to convince the family including little brother (Griffin Gluck) who is quite impressed with the video games his potential brother-in-law has produced.

Using his vast fortune he pushes himself with the hope of being acceptable to Deutch's family. To say Cranston is unimpressed is an understatement, he is absolutely frightened by the antics of the young interpreter.

Sadly, the comedy falls flat. The antics which Laird carries out because he believes they will bring him into the family, fail to impress particularly Cranston, the protective father.

The use of four letter words and sexual situations substitute for comedy which we can laugh at. Most of the comedy revolves around a toilet, one of those that does not require paper when used, after all the house is a paper free location.

What looked like comic relief in the middle of some serious releases gives us little to laugh about and just barely keeps us awake.

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