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Why Him? DVD review: Few laughs in a cliched plot

 

By Damon Smith

Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad) runs his family's printing business, but times are tough and the company's balance sheet is in the red.

Co-worker Lou Dunne (Cedric The Entertainer) is convinced Ned can engineer a Christmas miracle and conjure a high-value contract out of the ether.

In the midst of this crisis, Ned, his wife Barb (Megan Mullally) and their 15-year-old son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) fly to San Remo to spend the holidays with their beloved daughter, Stephanie (Zoey Deutch). She intends to introduce them to her new beau, millionaire app developer Laird Mayhew (James Franco).

Why Him? is Meet The Parents with a generational twist, which casts Franco, once again, as a gurning goofball. Miraculously, a few of the politically incorrect gags hit their target.

Two stars

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