The after holidays blues always seem to get to me around this time of year. After Christmas, winter can be a bit bleak at times. It’s cold, it’s dark, and there’s really not a ton to do if the temperature is below zero. There are always movies though!
A week or two ago, I saw Why Him? in theaters. My initial thought was that it was going to be just another James Franco-Seth Rogen type of movie. But then I remembered a few things. James Franco recently redeemed himself as an actor in my eyes after the Hulu miniseries 11.23.63. (See my review on it here). And Bryan Cranston? The now super serious actor is best known for his role as drug lord Heisenberg AKA Walter White on hit show Breaking Bad. My initial thought on him was that he couldn’t really pull off comedy. Then I realized the guy originally started as the dopey dad on Malcom in the Middle. He knows humor.
The premise of the movie is that Cranston’s family is heading to California to visit his college-aged daughter for the holidays. While in California, the family meets his daughter’s boyfriend, played by Franco. The dad disapproves and a lot of wackiness happens.
Cranston is impressive as the believable dad character. Megan Mullaly plays the mom character and is hilarious as always. Franco is, well, Franco-esque. Zoey Deutch wasn’t super impressive as the daughter character as she seemed a bit young for the role. I checked her IMDb page and it doesn’t look like she has a ton of big film experience, so I guess this isn’t much of a surprise.
While this isn’t exactly like a total Franco-Rogen cinematic experience, it does have quite a bit of crude humor. Personally I think as long as you know what you’re getting into, it tends to be pretty funny. That being said, someone like my mom probably wouldn’t want to see this movie based on language alone. I wouldn’t sit and watch it as a family film with young children either.
The characters are a little two-dimensional, the plot is a bit unbelievable, and Deutch and Franco are something like 17 years apart in real life; but, if you take it for what it is: a crude-humor-filled weirdly feel-good movie, then you’ll probably like it.
Have you guys seen this film? Did you like it? What other movies are you planning on seeing this winter? La La Land is the next movie on my list.
Have a great day lovelies!