Horrorfan99 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 5 months ago

Why Him?


Directed by: John Hamburg
Written by: John Hamburg
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Megan Mullally
Studio: Fox
Genre: Comedy
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Plot: Bryan Cranston looking confused


Why Him? is another entry into the "why these actors have to lower themselves?" category of comedies. The same tired setup with the repetitive jokes that lacks wit and fun. It is mind boggingly ludicrous that Bryan Cranston couldn't get something out of this movie.

Good: Megan Mullally is clearly trying her best here in the thankless wife role. Zoey Deutch is really cute so there's that.

Bad: It takes the situation to its extreme and it sucks the humor out of the movie. Overly exaggerated scenarios that never work accompanied by James Franco's overly stupid character does nothing to create a laugh. Bryan Cranston is relegated to having an open mouthed look of confusion on his face for the entire movie. The brother character could've been taken out of the movie and nothing would have changed that's how useless he is here. Keegan-Michael Key is wasted in a thankless role. The movie goes on and on that it had maybe three false endings that made it feel like it was going to be four hours long. They also try to add a feminist message of sorts that feels shoved in there when looking at the barrage of childish humor before then that it doesn't work. Insert tired fart and sex jokes and we have the perfect recipe for pain.

Overall, skip this. Cranston just puts on a confused look and gets a paycheck, Franco just curses and acts stupid, the rest of the actors here have nothing to do, and the jokes never hit. It tries to have a message, but it was too little too late.

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