Forget Barbie’s Dream House, and step inside the hipsters’ edition where famous TV chefs serve deconstructed drinks, future-esque Japanese toilets abandon the use of toilet paper and a dead moose stands suspended in its own urine.
This is the Silicon Valley paradise that Steph’s (Zoey Deutch) family are invited to for the holidays to meet her billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). First impressions do not start well in the rolled eyes of Steph’s father, Ned (Bryan Cranston), who sees the man for who he is – a wildly inappropriate free spirit with no filter, who is no match for his perfect daughter. As Christmas Day approaches, Ned becomes increasingly more repulsed by Laird who is trying his best to gain the father’s blessing to marry his daughter.
If the basic concept sounds a tad similar to Meet The Parents, the credited names should come as no surprise. With Focker associates like John Hamburg (director) and Ben Stiller (cast & producer) attached to Why Him?, it was bound to be a ripper. Although after spending such a long time (maybe too long) with the characters, you may still find yourself asking the titular question at the end, as you never truly sympathise with Laird.
All that aside, the viewers’ roaring laughter was justified every time and the minor subplot of Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key) and Laird’s ongoing Pink Panther-inspired surprise attacks involving ‘evasive parkour’ smashed funny bones to pieces. So stop asking ‘why him?’ and start asking ‘why not?’.
In cinemas: December 26, 2016
Starring: Bryan Cranston, James Franco
Directed by: John Hamburg