Movie Review: WHY HIM? Blu-ray Combo Pack

WHY HIM? was directed by John Hamburg, produced by Shawn Levy, Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Dan Levine and stars James FrancoBryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, Keegan-Michael Key, Zack Pearlman and Cedric the Entertainer.

Bryan Cranston and James Franco fight the ultimate battle of wits and wills in this outrageous, no-holds-barred comedy from filmmaker John Hamburg (I Love you Man, Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, and Zoolander). Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family visit his daughter at college, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). A rivalry develops, and Ned’s panic level goes through the roof when he finds himself lost in this glamorous high-tech world and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Don’t you just love holiday movies? This movie is a foul-mouthed holiday comedy that centers around Ned and his close-knit family. And then there’s Laird, a socially awkward millionaire who has fallen in love with his daughter Stephanie and she wants her family to meet him. First impressions mean so much and when Ned and the gang meet Stephanie’s surprise, it definitely comes as a shock to them in more ways than one. He spits out vulgarity every time he opens his mouth but it’s all because he’s nervous meeting them. They also find out how much he is worth and this makes it even more of a bizarre meeting for them. Needless to say, the visit is an awkward one but the family does kind of warm up to Laird, except for Ned who is just too much of a stiff. Still, there are lessons to be learned from both sides and in the end Ned finally accepts Laird for who he is.

Okay, I enjoyed Why Him? but it’s definitely not for everyone. The story was interesting enough (we’ve gotten stories like this before) but it was this fantastic cast assembled who made the movie such a fun viewing experience. Watching this awkward relationship between Bryan Cranston and James Franco’s characters was side-splitting hilarious and when you add Keegan-Michael Key and Megen Mullally to the mix, you have comedy gold at times. There are some really great performances for the movie to be as silly as it is. Director John Hamburg did a really good job capturing the characters and their relationships as well as the uncomfortable situations they’re all put in throughout the watch. Not only is there some funny (and raunchy) dialogue courtesy of James Franco but there is some extremely physical comedy that go on as well.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs feature some matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc was really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Why Him? ended up being a really funny watch but it’s a comedy that’s not going to be for everyone. Keep the kiddos away from it! The highly offended people out there might as well pass on this one but the rest of you will get a kick out of it. In my opinion, the movie fits right in with other comedies like Dirty Grandpa, Old School and maybe even Christmas Vacation – since it does take place during the holiday season. We’ve gotten plenty of Christmas movies over the years but this one definitely is not a family friendly watch. The movie’s shortcoming is the fact that they tried way too hard with some of the laughs so the foul language almost hits the shock factor level along with dick joke after dick joke. Seriously, it almost got tiresome after a while because they really didn’t need that stuff to make me laugh. Besides that, the movie is still full of hilarious moments and definitely has the funniest toilet scene in movie history. Hey, it only took them 45-minutes to shoot a 2-minute scene because the actors couldn’t keep a straight face! The movie is now available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack and is worth a watch.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release features some fantastic extras that include six featurettes, over 30- minutes of deleted scenes, some audio commentary, an image gallery, trailer and digital copy of the movie. You can see the full list below.

  • Why Him? Gag Reel (09:58)
  • 47 Minutes on the Can (06:39)
  • Why Gustav? (04:23)
  • Barb Fleming: America’s Mom (05:44)
  • Lou The Entertainer (04:27)
  • Richard Blais: Twisted Chef (01:46)
  • Deleted Scenes (31:19)
  • Audio Commentary by John Hamburg (Director/Co-Writer), Ian Helfer (Co-Writer) and William Kerr (Editor)
  • Gallery (03:48)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:33)
  • Digital HD Copy


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