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Why Him?

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Funny but formulaic comedy has lots of crude material.

Movie R 2016 111 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

premarital sex and awful ending

it's hard to say what i hate about this movie without spoiling the ending. I was actually enjoying it until the ending. All I can say is that if the genders were reversed, it would be quite obvious to everyone why it is awful. I will spoil it 2 paragraphs down. There is a fairly graphic scene of the father overhearing his daughter and her boyfriend having sex. A bit uncomfortable to watch with other people. Spoiler - in the end, the boyfriend proposes. The daughter rejects him. But she says she still wants to go out with him, just not marry him. They've been dating for years. I hope the boyfriend got the strength to leave her and find someone who actually wanted to be married to him. But the movie made it seem like it's perfectly fine to string someone along like that. Horrible ending.
age 15+

Bad language

too much F's but has a good plot

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (17 ):

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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