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Why Him? also known as “Dlaczego on?,” “Miksi hän?,” “Miért pont ő? ,” “Perché proprio lui?,” “Porquê Ele?,” “Tinha Que Ser Ele?,” “Zašto baš on?,” “¿Por qué él?”

MPAA Rating: R for strong language and sexual material throughout.

Check back later for review coming from contributor Gabriel Mohler by Mar 31

Not recommended
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1 hr. 51 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
December 23, 2016 (wide—2,916 theaters)
DVD: March 28, 2017
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rivalry between a father and boyfriend

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fornication and sin in the Bible

LUST—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

PURITY—Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

CONSEQUENCES—What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer

TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

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Learn how to make your love the best it can be. Discover biblical answers to questions about sex, marriage, sexual addictions, and more.
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Featuring: Zoey Deutch … Stephanie Fleming
Bryan CranstonNed Fleming
James FrancoLaird Mayhew
Adam Devine …
Megan Mullally … Barb Fleming
Keegan-Michael Key … Gustav
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Zack Pearlman …
Andrew Rannells …
Griffin Gluck … Scotty Fleming
Bob Stephenson … Jerry
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Director: John Hamburg—“I Love You, Man” (2009), “Along Came Polly” (2004)
Producer: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Red Hour Films
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

“Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen…”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A dad forms a bitter rivalry with his daughter’s young rich boyfriend.

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. See them go head-to-head.”

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Negative—I have often thought that the R-rating for movies indicated the use of an occasional f-word. The preview of this movie indicated it was to be a comedy, not something more foul-mouthed than anything I have seen before. My wife and I left before it was over and asked the theater manager why the movie previews didn’t give a hint that it was going to be extremely filthy. There should something above the R-rating, possibly an F.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Richard Lalonde, age 73 (USA)
Negative—I always use this site to preview movies; this time I did not, and boy did I regret it. After viewing this movie, I rushed to post this comment. I wanted to save others from wasting their time or money. The F-word was used constantly throughout the movie, a lot of foul humor, and a lot of sinful sexual behavior. I want to warn parents DO NOT take your children to see this movie, half of the audience was children between 5-15. I really couldn’t think of one redeeming thing about this movie. If you do choose to see this film, be prepared to take a shower afterward.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Scott, age 45 (USA)
Movie Critics

…wildly entertaining jaunt… ribald, gross-out humor…
—Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star Newspapers

…moderately entertaining…[3/5]
—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)

…clichéd… charmless, largely laughless… [2/5]
—Guy Lodge, Time Out Syndney

…“Why Him?” will make you ask “Why This Movie?”… [C]
—Adam Graham, The Detroit News

…The first scene of “Why Him?” tells you exactly what you’re in for. A young woman named Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) speaks via video chat to her older boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Their banter goes from flirty to dirty, as Laird riffs on how horny he is and Stephanie coos reassuringly, “I’ll see your almost-black balls later” (yes, you read that right). Then, like an exclamation point, a sudden flash of Laird’s pubic hair—and we’re off on a 111-minute marathon of slangy idioms and expletives, gross-out gags and unbridled raunch, some of it funny, much of it merely strenuous. …
—Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

…composed almost entirely of Squirm Factor humor. …The “Squirm Factor” happens, say, when a prospective son-in-law is so lacking in his ability to be conversationally appropriate with his future in-laws that he repeatedly makes flattering and boastful remarks about their young daughter’s sexual skills and attractiveness. …And it’s just nine minutes short of two hours. That’s a lot of squirming. …
—Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer

…he’s a doof with no filter, and his mansion is stocked with preposterous works of art, most of which depict animals fornicating (there’s also an aquarium with a dead moose suspended in its own urine). …
—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

…The film wants to be a comedy of excess, but it just feels excessive… You want toilet jokes? You got them. Dozens!
—Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

…a steady stream of obscenities and gross-out gags that make the humor in “Bad Santa 2” seem tame by comparison… Bryan Cranston’s too good for these old comedy tropes…
—Alan Zilberman, The Washington Post

…this film is trite, crass and moronic… shoveling expletives into the holes where jokes ought to be… slapping Mr. Franco’s scenery-eating grin on any old drivel doesn’t guarantee entertainment…
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

…not funny, not funny, not funny, not funny, not funny… in the bottom 1% of movies I’ve ever seen
—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Time

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