Why Him?

Comedy • R • Directed by: John Hamburg • 112 minutes

Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective dad, visits his daughter at Stanford where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops and Ned's panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns Laird is about to pop the question.

Viewer reviews

Crazy, silly, fun movie!!
★★★★★
I don't know why this movie has so many bad reviews. It was very entertaining, especially the interaction between James Franco & Bryan Cranston. And the beautiful scenery of the San Francisco Bay Area. It's a movie you just gotta roll with & take it for what it is. If you can do that, it's a fun ride !! 👍👍👍 — Faux Anonymity

Immediate Regret
★★★★
This movie was horrible. The jokes were awful and mostly consisted of over the top crude humor. Please don't waste your money on this movie. — Goodbyebluesky18

Not as bad as reviews 👌
★★★★★
If you watch this knowing that it's silly- stupid funny then you won't be dissing it. I had a number of lol's because it is so 😜 silly. It's what it is- mindless entertainment and best watched with friends who have a sense of foolish humor. I'd recommend it for that. The swearing is a lot, but it's because it's outlandish. A ton of cameos in this flick. 🙈👀 — Gamer holdem

Really Really Bad Movie
★★★★
Worst movie I've ever seen! I don't mind the occasional joke or two but this is just down right awful. It's comedy at its worst. I don't know what our culture is coming to but this isn't funny. I'm going to be really careful what I watch moving forward. Nothing redeeming about this movie. — NLK1979

Less F-bombs
★★★★★
Needs fewer Fbombs and more actual jokes to make you laugh. It got old after a while and really if I'm watching something thats claiming to be a comedy....I wanna laugh more than twice. James Franco is HOT tho — Jag116

The "F" word is used in every sentence
★★★★
Too much reference to sex and the "F" word. — TexProv

Cookie Cutter Snoozer
★★★★★
Feel like I just watched an Adam Sandler remake that wasn't as good as the original. This would be a decent movie if you were on a long flight overseas and just realized you found one extra movie on your iPhone you haven't watched yet. It's a mildly entertaining time killer, but nothing more than that. So don't get your hopes up. Enjoy your flight. — 374260

Boring
★★★★
Gratuitous vulgarity isn't funny. Waste of rental fee. — shariterese

Couldn't even finish it.
★★★★
🤦🏼‍♂️🙁🤢💩 — Mr_Stas

Original story line and funny
★★★★
As we begin to get a little older, we grow tired of watching the same movies over and over again. What may be funny to some has been done and said a thousand times to those of us that have watched a lot of movies. I'm always looking for something different, fresh storyline, new jokes, and this one is definitely an original. It's not gutt-busting hilarious and it won't make you roll on the floor, but is lightly funny throughout the entire movie. It has no dead spots and the plot stays on track throughout and has a nice upbeat ending. Nice cameo appearance, too. I won't tell you by whom though. It's an enjoyable movie. I watched it twice in the 24 hour rental time. — tom94vette

Very bad
★★★★
Not funny at all. I didn't laugh at a single part in this film. — Thomas Paul. Oficial

Didnt bother to finish
★★★★
Outlandish from the get go. Lacks a real Plot. Just a lot of shock factor humor which falls flat. Couldn't even last the final 20 minutes of the movie and we gave up. — andy bok

Confused but amused
★★★★★
The story didn't follow through and the ending was pointless. It was as if they filmed the whole movie on snapchat only pieces of information in 10 second clips. The actors are all great and it wasn't their acting that was problematic just the direction. — Mollipopstar

Waste of money and time!
★★★★
This is one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. Very unfortunate. — Bulldog Mama OKC

Funny comedy
★★★★
It is nice comedy. It is funny. — Once loyal customer

Made us laugh.
★★★★★
For those that like raunchy comedy, this is for you. It's the perfect melding of American Pie and Van Wilder. — Buffyfansmg

REDBOX MOVIE
★★★★★
Great acting, good story Dumb Movie... few chuckles here and there James Franco looked hot asf but other then that not worth your money... — SIA4LYFE

Funny at times but don't waste your time
★★★★
I get that it's an R-rated comedy but it seemed like it tried too hard to be way over the top. — Mark_Berry

Pretty dad gum funny
★★★★
I love James Franco so I automatically have ( 3 Stars ) locked and loaded! I will admit that this isn't the most humorous movie of his that I've seen but it is pretty dad gum funny. — Hexximan

Just bad
★★★★
Felt very forced. Not funny. I wish I could get back the time I spent watching it. — awawa

Hilarious!
★★★★★
Wasn't able to feel the chemistry between James and the girl but the movie itself is funny. Lots of cameos too! Watch out for Jonah Hill and Steve Aoki! — Nani090489

Unwatchable
★★★★★
I watched 45 minutes and gave up and started watching the Weather Channel. Now that Cranston is now a big Hollywood star he can make horrid movies like the rest of them. So glad I rented instead of purchasing. — Mission Accomplished

Why me
★★★★★
same old comedy with james franco....the daughter didnt seem to even be from the same family....was okay at best. — David Pearose

Hilarious
★★★★★
This movie is supposed to be silly and ridiculous. I don't what what these people were looking for but I couldn't stop laughing! — Drew_baru

Funny
★★★★★
Don't listen to hyper critical rotten tomatoes! This movie was funny! — layzboy1986

A Really Good Time
★★★★
It made us laugh the whole way through. I'm starting to believe Rotten Tomatoes is out of touch and too cynical to provide accurate reviews. This movie is a good time! — AmusedSpaceman

Why Him
★★★★★
Really funny and credit goes to the team who casted the roles...Perfection — Radd123

crazy stupid fun
★★★★★
On point movie with references to current events—job/business loss from outsourcing, international trade, midwest conflict with silicon valley—omg! I loved it. Not sure why the critics were so hard on this movie…perhaps they are sore about losing jobs themselves. It is supposed to be mind numbing comedy, but the movie delivered a bit more, even alluding to young women’s choices in terms of family or career. Franco was super cute & endearing as shrewd ‘laid back’ new money. — Sarita Fastlaner

Even dumber than it looks
★★★★
Nothing but uncomfortable over the top awkward sex humor. I laughed maybe twice but cringed a lot. The unfunny is strong with this one. I expected some of level of stupidity but this is beyond idiotic. If your IQ is above that of phytoplankton I'd suggest watching something else. — pigybank

Amazing!
★★★★★
Classic family Christmas! A fathers worst nightmare with a great twist! — Rankberg12

Why Him?
★★★★★
I agree that this movie is not some deep philosophical, action, horrible horror like the rest of the garbage that videos offer, TV, movies, etc. But for me it was fun, joyful,& playful which was, actually, a refreshing movies daughter new boyfriend. I do not remember seeing him before, but he was adorable as well as the daughter, son, & mom. To me, it was hilarious & nice not to have to cringe & run out of the room like", Nocternal Animals" can';t get thru the car jack scene & took me 10 years to view "Finding Private Ryan," and electricity went out very ending. Hope I am not too desensitizes like poor kids who grow up with violent games, Mind Ultra Control & know difference between right & wrong. Thx for listening to this long review. — remmy1

Acting is horrible!
★★★★
I really wanted to like this movie but the acting is just horrible. Story is thin too. Don't waste your money on this. — Drunken Chicken

it’s entertaining...
★★★★★
i bought this movie cause Ned reminded me of my dad. i didn’t really expect much but ended up laughing and entertained. this is worth every penny spent. — mc hottie

Very funny movie.
★★★★★
I was a little skeptical at 1st. But this movie is really good. The father moments are genuine. Cranston nails it. — breeus44

Just not funny
★★★★
It is not a funny movie. The story is simple: of good college girls dating stupid and vulgar rich guys, college dropouts. The movie tries to normalise a $$$-man with an intelligence of a 4 years old, as an eligible boyfriend to a beutiful young women 10 years his junior. — moonpath

worst movie of the year!
★★★★
Talk about lame! Bad acting followed by a lame script! Horrible movie with no talent! — coleius

Great movie
★★★★★
I would watch it again, it's really funny! — badbitchreview

Hilarious Movie!
★★★★★
This movie is funny as hell! — eric.pulizzano

waste of time
★★★★
Could have been funnier and many parts were dirty just for the sake of being dirty. Sometimes you have to go beyond a sex joke and actually have some humor... — MathalynnsMom

Why Him
★★★★
Pretty solid for having a bad Rotten Tomato score — pickymovieperson

Terrible!
★★★★
Not funny. We flipped to something else within 15min. — J-Rockalicious

Awesome!
★★★★★
I laughed & cried, great movie. <3 Wish I had a dad. — IT'S FUN TIME

FANTASTIC!!
★★★★★
So funny. Love it!! — Wannalivestrong

2.5 Stars
★★★★★
I honestly dont see why people liked this movie so much..its not a very entertaining movie, it just seemed like dry humor. Upsetting since bryan cranston and james franco are great actors, i just didnt really enjoy the movie overall.. — Justin1020304

Hilarious !!!
★★★★★
Great movie. And a lot of good laughs. — leathernecks RunON 26

Why Him
★★★★★
This movie was too funny.... Haven't seen a good comedy in awhile. Loved it.. — Blue dog house

Must watch
★★★★★
I thought this movie was hilariously funny must watch😂 — Kevintye dude

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!
★★★★★
I love this movie i saw it in theaters with my friend and i laughed the entire time there was one part were i spilt my skittles a bit cause i knocked them off the table cause i was dying laughing but yall get the point its a funny af movie — TheLegendAriana

I watched the trailer it was good
★★★★★
Have yet to see the movie but it's good — HB video

Ok
★★★★★
Had a few funny parts (what was shown in the trailers) the rest is ok a few chuckles here and there the rest kind if drags. — MoNayrooz0223