Why Him?

Why Him?

DVD - 2017
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Over the holidays, Ned, 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. The 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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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There are some laughs in the first 45 minutes, but the last half of the film is completely adrift in a nauseatingly-sweet idealized middle-class world view. I don't see a lot of big budget Hollywood comedies, but it seems that they rely on this formula of simultaneously skewering the bourgeoisie while validating/championing the bourgeoisie. The end result is infantile nonsense.

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fledge
Sep 28, 2017

Comedies have a sense of logic. Good movies have characters who are all smart, more or less, say smart and interesting things that move the story forward, more or less, and behave in human ways. None of these characters appear in this film. Every character in this film is deeply stupid, and none of them have but the remotest semblance to a living person. An unwatchable movie, one of the worst of the year.

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aavishkakumar
Aug 22, 2017

I thought it was sweet and funny. Just something purely to watch to have a nice laugh and smile.

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aksbrmo1026
Aug 14, 2017

Unfortunately, I have to say "PURE GARBAGE".

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ystfarc
Jul 24, 2017

I rated this a Zero. If I could rate it LOWER I would. Pure FILTH. The library and hollywood should be embarassed to have such a low quality film. If this is American Entertainment; then this country is in deep moral trouble.

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Daryl1Reader
Jul 14, 2017

There probably are a few thousand people in Hollywood who would like this film. My guess is that everyone else would hate it. Nothing but F-bomb after F-bomb trashy low brow humor with a very weak story line. I find it hard to believe that someone read this horrible script and thought it worth making. They must have paid the stars a bunch to take on this dog...
I watch a lot of films and this qualifies as the worst I have seen in some time.

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Barsby
Jul 08, 2017

Maybe watch:
Once Around -- Streaming Video - 1991
Richard Dreyfuss and Holly Hunter lead an all-star cast in this critically acclaimed tale of life, love and chance. Jilted by her boyfriend, Renata (Holly Hunter), the oldest daughter of a close-knit Italian-American family, falls in love with Sam (Richard Dreyfuss), an abrasive and forcefully charming businessman. But neither her spirited sister (Laura San Giacomo), her down-to-earth father (Danny Aiello), or her supportive mother (Gena Rowlands) can tolerate Sam's often obnoxious intrusion into their family circle. Aggressive and overwhelmingly generous, Sam proceeds . . ..

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britprincess1ajax
Jul 03, 2017

A dopey, f-bomb-ridden Franco film, WHY HIM is a new take on the often-sweet (but not this time) daddy's-little-girl-growing-up-and-going-steady genre. You know the ones -- GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER was one of the great originals, but there are also films like FATHER OF THE BRIDE (both the original and the Steve Martin remake) and the like which add a greater scope to the territory. WHY HIM is that kind of film, if the language was atrocious and the behaviour was R-rated. I'm not sure who exactly the audience for this film is, though, because there's not much of a cross-section between the Franco fans and the heartwarming father-daughter growing-pains crowd. Still, I watched it, so there you go. I liked parts of it, but, all in all, it was very forgettable. I probably wouldn't recommend it.

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Pheena90
Jun 30, 2017

Not good, I expected more from these two funny lead men. Only had a fee good laughs, but not a funny movie.

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KennyBania
Jun 27, 2017

It's a niche movie. Suitable for the 13-17 age bracket with IQs of about 75.

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jimg2000
Apr 21, 2017

Most good fun quotes have "offensive" language. So, slim picking:

Well, I'm almost done, so, maybe you want to come over and Netflix and chill and...
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Mom: It's a paperless house, darling.
Dad: I got that. But how am I supposed to complete my business?
Gustav: Well, all Japanese toilets have a very effective and pleasant cleaning spray. And I will be very happy to walk you through the entire process.
Dad: Oh, god.
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What I wanted was for us to spend Christmas in California together like I planned, before everything went to shxt because you made it all about yourself.
-Mm-hmm.
You both did.
-I did?
Yes! You idiots think you can pass me back and forth like I'm your property or something? I'm done. This is the worst Christmas ever.
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Dad: We've been members of the kiss army for, like, 30 years now. Yeah. Our first date was the crazy nights tour.
Mom: Yeah! And, boy, was that crazy. Crazy.
Kiss: Did you get laid?
Mom: Um... I gave him a xxyyzz.

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