Why Him? - 1 Star
Why is certainly the question you’ll be asking if you’re made to sit through this Franco atrocity.
A holiday gathering threatens to go off the rails when Ned Fleming realizes that his daughter's Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend is about to pop the question.
There are some redeeming qualities to this horrible film, Bryan Cranston and Megan Mullally. Both performers are well seasoned in comedy and bring some much needed grounding to this ridiculous story. The plot is fairly stock-standard, though it does have a twist in the finale, which modernises the story and makes it more likable. James Franco is over-the-top and you wonder how much of the character is really him. Zoey Deutch is good, but underused while Griffin Gluck and Keegan-Michael Key shine in their supporting roles.
The humour is often crass, but thankfully there are only a few cringeworthy moments. The opening sequence of the film is the most appalling.
Overall a crass Christmas comedy that misses the mark, but isn’t the worst film of the year.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox.