WHY HIM? movie review by The Commander






2 (out of 4 Stars)


In Webster's dictionary rebellions means "opposition to one in authority or dominance".  However, to every parent it means your kids not following the path you've chosen for them but instead, going in the complete opposite direction. Why Him is a funny comedy regarding just that. 


Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) is the owner of a printing shop which has seen better days.  As his company spirals downward due to the popularity of Internet printing, he takes time out with his family to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at college in Silicon Valley.  Being the overprotective father he starts to notice inconsistent behavior as she gears up to introduce him to her new boyfriend, billionaire Laird Mayhew (James Franco). Laird, a non-sophisticated, tattooed, sexually active, foul mouthed millennial doesn't make the greatest first impression with the Fleming family. Ned's wife Barb (Megan Mullally) is a bit taken back while their 14-year-old son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) is getting a fast "education".  This generates the foundation of this slapstick comedy. Add in comedian Keegan-Michael Key as Gustav, Laird's mentor-butler-martial arts instructor and you’ve got a Pink Panther slapstick comedy type of film.  I loved the Pink Panther movies. The interaction between inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and Cato (Burt Kwong) still make me laugh. 


The main problem with this film is that it's been done before many times.  While the slapstick portion was very funny and probably mostly ad lib'd (not scripted), there were times when scenes seemed forced with awkward dialogue. This film is not intended for older audiences. It is strictly designed for the young teenage crowd. They have grown up on a dose of the Kardashian's and this is their generation of pink panther slapstick. 


I enjoyed this movie. I thought it was stupid, dumb, outrages, nonsensical behavior and poorly written.  But I liked it anyway.  It was a great way to spend a rainy day. It didn't require too many brain cells.  From the laughter and the age of the audience I'm assuming everyone loved it too. So, if you're in the mood for some lighthearted reading but you’d rather watch it on the big screen instead this is your film. 



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