Release Date: 19 April 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch
Recycling’s good. Just ask writer-director John Hamburg, who takes Meet the Parents (which he co-wrote) and gives it a 17-years-on remix. Bryan Cranston is Ned Fleming, who discovers his precious daughter Stephanie is seeing somebody when he crashes a webcam conversation, sans pants. The ‘somebody’ is Laird Mayhew (James Franco), whom Ned assumes is a no-hoper. Actually, he’s a crazy-rich video game developer – but still a no-hoper in Ned’s eyes, of course. Laird tries everything to impress, but daddy’s having none of it. Then Ned discovers Laird’s intentions… While the Focker family frolics embraced ultra-cringe comedy, Why Him? is more awkward – often sweetly so. Laird may be socially extreme, but you easily get why Stephanie loves him. Cranston’s great, half of KISS appear, and Keegan-Michael Key steals the show as the madcap Gustav.