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

Hilarious!!!!!
★★★★★
The funniest movie I've seen since the Wedding Crashers, and equally irreverent! Watched on a flight and the woman next to me kept trying to figure out why I was laughing so hard. — Novelist Music Maven

Crazy Funny!!!
★★★★★
Okay, granted a few less F-bombs would be good ..BUT THIS MOVIE IS TOTALLY FUNNY!!! I laughed all the way through!! And the guest appearances ..Elon Musk, Steve Aoki and other .... those were perfect!! — Sharon1120

Not a funny at all
★★★★
This movie is not funny movie at all! — Ryan amazing

How did it end?
★★★★
I rented this movie but did not have time to watch it before my time expired on itunes. Movie was so bad, I have no intention of re-renting just to find out how it ended. — Eschenbach2017

Horrible
★★★★
It was just bad. Another example of Hollywood going waaaay over the top trying to out do other movies. Don't waste your $ or even worse, don't waste your time. I didn't even finish it. — Boombatz

Best movie ever
★★★★★
I enjoyed this movie from start to finish.Reccomend it 100 percent!! — Potterized

Not as bad as I am reading
★★★★★
Of course this was an updated Son In Law remake of Pauley Shore...It was funny and I laughed, towards the end it started to lose me, but I laughed and it was funny. I have seen worse, — Trump girl

why him
★★★★★
my daughter and I watch it on the plane to singapore. It was sooo funny. Daughter is an adult so wouldn't let a child watch it. Some bad words but at the right time. I could have done without the F word but it seems to be very poplar in today movies. — hawaiigirlbigisland

Much better than we thought it'd be
★★★★★
It's suprisingly good. Give it a chance. — Desynidge

Not worth it.
★★★★
Awful. — Lrstewa2

Funny!
★★★★★
This movie made me laugh 😂 — Lucia29

Loved it
★★★★★
I thought it was pretty hilarious and watched the whole movie! — Wartum

BEST MOVIE!!
★★★★★
so funny — Emily03vaz

james franco
★★★★
if only i was there to help him as a supporting actor. he would of won an oscar. sorry i couldnt be in that 70' porno with you bro. dont hold it against me. ill get you a fruit basket. no figs. i promise. — Jsin2236

Split
★★★★★
This movie was amazing! Loved the fact that there were so many personalities! The actor did amazing! Loved it! — Kraeziekaekez

Funny
★★★★
Funny — Rchastai

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 — Jessrn11

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

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