Bryan Cranston (left) and James Franco in a scene from the movie Why Him?
Bryan Cranston (left) and James Franco in a scene from the movie Why Him? Scott Garfield

Why bother with another tired storyline?


Stars: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch

Director: John Hamburg

Reviewer: Josh Schultz

Rating: 1 star

WHY this? It's been difficult finding reasons to be optimistic about this new film from the veteran of average but marketable American comedies, John Hamburg.

The premise of an overprotective father becoming horrified after meeting his adoring daughter's new boyfriend has surely been explored enough already.

Even Hamburg himself has had ample opportunity in this territory when he somehow made three Meet The Parents movies.

However, apparently adding a generic sub-plot about technological advancement and the struggle to hold on to outdated ideas (the irony of which was clearly lost on the filmmakers) and the instant credibility of Bryan Cranston was somehow enough to justify another round.

Make no mistake, you've seen this movie before and probably didn't enjoy it all that much that time, either.

Between the cardboard cut-out movie dad, the inappropriate and obnoxious boyfriend and the goofy hijinks that inevitably ensue, this film gives absolutely no reason to become engaged with the story of these paper-thin characters.

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