A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the over-the-top gags is the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by its proverbial cover. Also, open, honest communication is key to resolving family conflicts and misunderstandings. Tries to show awareness of feminist values, but they generally fall victim to cliched, sexist ideas.
Positive Role Models
The characters are flawed and make their share of mistakes, but Stephanie is self-assured, confident, and willing to take risk; she also comes to the realization that her education is more important than the immediate gratification of marrying someone flashy/exciting. And Ned is a devoted dad who's equally committed to his staff. Some stereotyping (more based on personality type than ethnicity, etc.).
Violence & Scariness
A businessman's right-hand man repeatedly attacks him, to keep the boss on his toes. Some arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is about to get together in an office, not knowing that the woman's father is nearby, within earshot. Sexual sounds are heard. Sexual terms are thrown around and defined; frank jokes/discussion. Naked backsides seen.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "balls" "crap," and more.
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Products & Purchases
Plenty of product placement, including brands like Apple, Domino's Pizza, Tiffany, Google, Sun Microsystems, Uber, Netflix, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, vaping, and pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bryan Cranston and James Franco star in Why Him?, a funny, if crass (and ultimately unoriginal), holiday-themed comedy about parenting, love, careers, and family. There's lots of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and more) and some nudity (mostly backsides), as well as frank conversations about libido, sex acts, and more. There's also plenty of brand-name dropping, as well as drinking, vaping,and marijuana use. That said, amid the over-the-top gags is the idea that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover and that open, honest communication is key to resolving family conflicts and misunderstandings. And, although it doesn't work out perfectly, the film does try to show an awareness of feminist values. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to energetic, fearless performances from its stars, this often-crass comedy overcomes a pull toward mediocrity. The five lead actors -- and, really, the whole ensemble -- are, frankly, fantastic. Too bad the script can't seem to distinguish the witty from the cheesy, relying on tired cliches -- the wacky tech entrepreneur, the staid father, the same old generational arguments -- that feel done to death.
Why Him? does deserve kudos for trying to inject some empowerment- and equality-minded ideas into the mix. But the execution is faulty: The film seems to contradict its own awareness of feminist values by incorporating more sexist ideas. Plus, it's too crowded, with characters who don't do very much and plot points that go nowhere or are just plain archaic, such as an exploration of conflicting generational attitudes toward technology.
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