Title: Why Him? Director: John Hamburg Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 51m
“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.”
1:09 - Oof, that’s a moustache! 2:31 - Just shouting out Netflix titles. 6:46 - “The man behind the crack.” 10:30 - That house! “You sure this isn’t an Apple Store or something?” 12:51 - Art out of cables is genius! 15:13 - Motherboard art too! 18:08 - Never heard anything less appetising than plankton foam. 27:18 - That really is a huge bed. Alaskan King, is that something I need to google? 29:15 - Omg, Penny is the new Siri! 29:25 - Woah, so much to talk about there. They over-dubbed his words, presumably because Kaley Cuoco was not first choice, but the vocals sound completely different! Terrible edit! 31:41 - He better not have just dissed Kirsten. 35:43 - Sploosh! 39:08 - Is it a coincidence the nerds are wearing Apple Watches and the family are wearing Misfits? 45:46 - Loving the woman that lives in the ceiling! 50:15 - ELON ACTUAL MUSK! 1:03:28 - Dude just threw a chicken. 1:19:38 - What the fudge is EarthLink? 1:26:22 - “He’s under ze moose.” 1:39:10 - Worst/Best proposal ever. 1:42:59 - Blimp sighting!
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is a terrible film. It’s crude from start to finish, some of the jokes are pretty rubbish, the acting isn’t top notch, and the story is obvious and, you know, a bit stupid. Having said that, I secretly loved it. Laughed a lot, so many nerd jokes and brilliant references. Elon Musk showed up, for crying out loud!
It’s stupid and mindless and really, not good, but still, I had a great time watching it. Can’t score it highly though, as I don’t recommend anyone watches it.