Comedies are never “good.” If they aren’t Some Like It Hot, critics never seem to like them.
Maybe there’s a reason for this—they tend to be light on story—but they’re not always as bad as they seem. Generally, they’re a good way to spend a couple hours, if nothing else.
Why Him? fits into that category. It’s not necessarily a great movie, but I certainly had a good time watching it. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) stars as Ned Fleming, a typical dad who discovers his daughter is dating a tech genius. She invites her parents to meet the guy, and let’s just say the title says the rest.
Laird (James Franco, Pineapple Express) is infantile and revolting. He has tattoos all over his body and tries to flirt with Ned’s wife (Megan Mullally, Will & Grace). The movie revolves around him trying to convince the Flemings that he’s right for their daughter, and it’s far from an easy sell. While I can say that I didn’t always find myself invested in the story, there were moments when I simply couldn’t take the smile off my face.
I liked this film a lot. It was vulgar without being disgusting, odd without being weird, and charming without being too much. Oh, and it has a few celebrity cameos. Who said it had to be “good”?
Why Him? is in theaters now.