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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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John Hamburg

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John Hamburg (screenplay by), Ian Helfer (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoey Deutch ... Stephanie Fleming
James Franco ... Laird Mayhew
Tangie Ambrose ... Patty Dunne
Cedric the Entertainer ... Lou Dunne
Bob Stephenson ... Jerry in Graphics
Bryan Cranston ... Ned Fleming
Megan Mullally ... Barb Fleming
Zack Pearlman ... Kevin Dingle
Griffin Gluck ... Scotty Fleming
Jee Young Han ... Marnie Dingle
Mary Pat Gleason ... Joyce
Juliette B. Reiss ... Applebee's Waiter
Melissa Graver ... Applebee's Waiter
Steffen Dziczek ... Applebee's Waiter
Jimmy Badstibner ... Fleming Company Employee
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Storyline

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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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Khmer

Release Date:

23 December 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Por qué él? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,002,986, 25 December 2016

Gross USA:

$60,323,786

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$118,102,725
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to an interview on Today: Episode dated 16 December 2016 (2016), James Franco designed all of his character's tattoos. See more »

Goofs

The first night at Laird's house, "Smoked California Bear" is served for dinner but later in the film Laird says that everything served is from within 500 yards of the house. While he has a lot of animals on the properly, odds are that he doesn't have any bears. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Ned Fleming: Why *him*?
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Crazy Credits

There is a scene with Gustav after the first credits. See more »

Connections

References Eastern Promises (2007) See more »

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Bad Mother F***er
Written by Earl Johnson, Kid Rock (as Robert J. Ritchie) & Machine Gun Kelly (as Richard Colson Baker)
Performed by Machine Gun Kelly featuring Kid Rock
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Kid Rock appears courtesy of Warner Bros Records
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Lex Luther vs. the nuclear family.
30 March 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

'Why Him' is actually sharp in terms of the satire of how the zoomers are just going to take over everything, via mindblowingly irresponsible means. When his helicopter interrupts the shin dig and bringing KISS in, it's pretty much exactly how the youth want to play god. Courting the girl is another obstacle to win at all costs. Displaying horrible manners is a battleground over what can he get away with while money makes that right. (The answer is everything.) Cranston's surrender is the old guard moving out. Of course the script hands him an out that it was 'her decision all along'; and look what a surprise, her decision is the billionaire. 'Why him? I'll tell you why, dad.' But what a creep. Upstaging the patriarch in every way, and after destroying everything, he gets to be the one to pick up the pieces with phony revelations. See how he corrupts the family one at a time. It's insidious stuff. I mean how accurate is it that these tech guys and hollywood elitists attempt to lecture and control and divvy out humanity when there is nothing in there to speak of. We are all victims of them playing out psychosis. Like the genZ 'All the Money in the World.' Elon Musk got out of there at record speed.


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