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Why Him? (2016)

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A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley millionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.

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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 millionaire 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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Of all the guys his daughter could have chosen...

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Rated R for strong language and sexual material throughout | See all certifications »

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23 December 2016 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,002,986 (USA) (25 December 2016)

Gross:

$60,269,575 (USA) (16 March 2017)
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Trivia

The Christmas sweater that Lou Dunne wears at the end of the movie is the same sweater that Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character wore in The Night Before (2015), a Christmas movie in which James Franco had a small role. See more »

Goofs

When the family returns to Detroit, the airplane shown landing is a wide-body D.C.-10, a plane that hasn't flown with United since 2001. Also, United didn't have wide-body service from LA to Detroit. See more »

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[repeated line]
Ned Fleming: Why *him*?
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Features Home Alone (1990) See more »

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Rock & Roll All Nite
Written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of Kiss Catalog, Ltd.
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Why bother?
26 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Routine, by-the-numbers tale of a man, repelled by his college-aged daughter's boyfriend, attempting to show her what a loser he is. It turns out, however, the boyfriend is an internet multimillionaire, and an obnoxious, loud, profanity-laden one, at that. There is nothing even remotely likable about his character, so it is easy to understand why Cranston doesn't like him.

Zzzzz.

Little, if anything, we've not seen before (except for the dead moose in a pool of urine, in one of the more disgusting moments) its talented cast carries the film, and its half dozen laughs, and ham-fisted product placement (Subway, Applebee's) The audience I saw this with had a few laughs, but also long, quite stretches in between, so I suppose I'm not the only one unimpressed with this one.

Keenan's genuinely bizarre, guru character was more puzzling than funny, as were his sideburns, the oddest sideburns since Tony The Pimp, from Demons.

While we're on the topic of puzzling things, why did we have to endure five minutes of Brian Cranston sitting on the toilet, try to figure how to use the bidet? Kiss' cameo at the end seemed surreal, like even they were unsure of why they were in the movie.

Released at Christmastime, but barely a Christmas movie, although one of the funnier scenes involved searching for a Christmas tree.


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