Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Why Him? features comedic talent, a gazillion F-bombs, and tons of crude jokes

Movie Title:    Why Him?

Grade:  D

Rating:  R, 111 minutes

  • In a Nutshell:  This film definitely earns its R rating for every reason. 
  •  If you use a language or content filter when you watch this movie on DVD, it will basically be a 5 minute silent movie.  It’s FILLED with trashy, raunchy humor.  There is a LOT of inappropriate behavior, images, and language. 

Uplifting theme: 
  • “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” – Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston)
Woah.  Chills.” – Laird Mayhew (James Franco)
  • Give people a chance to be who they are.


Things I liked:
  • The cast includes GREAT comedic talent: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, and Keegan-Michael Key.  They all have excellent comedic timing and an even spread of funny lines between them. 
  • Awesome toilets!  (Not the potty mouths.)
  • Did you know Kelly Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory: Season 9 was the voice of Justine? 
  • I liked that they got real celebrities to play themselves: Elon Musk, Steve Aoki, Richard Blais,  and Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS!
  • I admit it.  I laughed out loud a few times.
  • There's a reference from the movie The Pink Panther (2006) Did you ever see that movie?  Pretty fun.
  • “Kevin!” (video clip from Home Alone)  I love it when movies reference other movies.

Things I didn’t like:
  • Have you ever known anyone without filters?  Weird, right?.... and yet oddly refreshing.
  • Director John Hamburg recycles a plot that is completely predictable with nothing particularly new to see.
  • There were some other good comedy actors in the movie, but they were only given teeny, tiny parts: Adam DeVine, Andrew Rannells, Cedric the Entertainer, and Casey Wilson.
  • They started to create a character who worked for Laird and did degrading jobs while he uttered “Pay my student loans, pay my student loans”, but then they didn’t keep the gag going very long.
  • It always bugs me when they make child actors say and do crude things.
  • There were scenes advertised in the trailer that never made it into the actual movie.  



Funny lines:
  • “I feel like I’m so normal.” – Laird
  • “Scotty, shut it and eat your paper.” – Ned
  • You think you’re at war with Laird, but he’s not fighting.  It’s just you.” – Barb Fleming
  • “I’m going straight to hell just for typing this.” – Ned
  • “I’m down to my last 97 million…197 million.” – Laird
“Barely scraping by.” - Barb


Tips for parents:   

  • This is a Rated R movie for a reason.  It’s an even trashier version of Meet the Parents .  You really do NOT want your kids to watch this garbage.
  • The language is really, really bad.  There is barely a sentence without profanity. Gustav explains, “He speaks English and you speak English with resounding amounts of F***!”  There are about a million F-bombs.
  • You see James Franco's rear end.
  • You see Bryan Cranston sitting on the toilet.  Of course, that's nothing new if you ever watched Malcolm In the Middle (loved it!) or Breaking Bad: The Complete Series   I don't know what it is about Bryan Cranston, but he loves to be seen in his underwear.
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