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IGN: Why Him? Review

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It’s easy to see the amount of comedic material there is to be mined from the quickly growing gulf between our parents’ generation and our own, between those who don’t own a single iPad in their home, and those who upgrade with each new version. We’ve seen quite a bit of comedies try and capitalize on that topic to varying degrees of success over the years, and while the film’s shockingly laughless trailers make Why Him? out to be yet another missed attempt, you may be surprised to find a consistently funny holiday outing when you actually sit down to watch it.

Directed by John Hamburg, from a script by he and Ian Helfer, the film follows Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) and his family when they journey out from their Michigan hometown for a Christmas visit to see their daughter, Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), and her mysterious boyfriend, Laird Mayhew (James Franco), in California. What starts out as a typical family vacation, however, devolves into a bitter rivalry between Laird and Ned, who is appalled by the former’s constant cursing, numerous tattoos, and hipster, New Age lifestyle, and who refuses to give his blessing when Laird asks to marry Stephanie.

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