‘Why Him?’ Red-Band Trailer Finds Bryan Cranston Barely Suffering NSFW James Franco

     June 30, 2016


Since I Love You, Man, one of the better big-studio comedies to be released in the last decade, director John Hamburg has been taking it easy it would seem. He’s directed some TV – New Girl, The Grinder – and directed a TV movie, but one would think the man behind such a beloved little comedy would have been ripe to start in on a new feature right after the first one bowed. One can never really tell about scheduling and the various dealings that go into these decisions, however.

why-himRegardless,we now have our first look at footage from Why Him?, Hamburg’s official follow-up to I Love You, Man, via a green and red band trailer that 20th Century Fox released today. As one might have expected from a film starring James Franco, Bryan Cranston, and Megan Mullaly, the whole thing looks uproarious, and it’s nice to see Zoey Deutch, who was a warm, hilarious, and charming presence in Richard Linklater‘s glorious Everybody Wants Some!!, getting more work as Cranston’s daughter and Franco’s intended.

The gags all look pretty strong, though there’s a sense that Why Him? has a more traditional storyline as compared to I Love You, Man which, like Superbad, contemplated the basic attractions at the root of all close male friendships. Why Him? looks more like a riff off of Father of the Bride, which is not a bad thing at all and Hamburg certainly has the capacity to find something insightful, honest, and resonant out of such a familiar set-up.

Here’s the red-band trailer for Why Him?:

Here’s the green-band trailer for Why Him?:

Here’s the official plot synopsis of Why Him?:

Over the holidays, Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad and his family visit his daughter at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). The straight-laced Ned thinks Laird, who has absolutely no filter, is a wildly inappropriate match for his daughter. The one-sided rivalry-and Ned’s panic level-escalate when he finds himself increasingly out of step in the glamorous high-tech hub, and learns that Laird is about to pop the question.

Here’s the poster for the film:


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