Going into Why Him? I was expecting a low brow Christmas comedy with a clash of culture framed story. I went in expecting a 4 out of 10 with a few laughs and came out with a 6 out of 10 comedy with solid laughs throughout the movie.
Laird Mayhew was like any other James Franco role, which suited this movie perfectly. He was lewd and took most every joke to the edge of not being funny without going over. One of the best ways to enhance a raunchy comedy is to give them a good straight person to play off, that is where Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) comes in. He plays the out of loop father role perfectly. Add in Barb as Ned’s wife (Megan Mullaly) and Laird’s right hand Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key) this movie only got funnier.
Each scene started off with the situational joke and every single one paid off. The bathroom scene is one of the funniest scenes in recent memory.
What happened to bloopers? The credit scene was a nice way to tidy up the story, but didn’t match the rest of the movie. The trailers contained a few clips from the movie that didn’t make the cut, so there were obviously outtakes or alternate scenes.
There were a few other actors and actresses who were very underutilized. Cedric the Entertainer might have had one funny line out of the entire movie. The rest of the young comedians seemed to all get buried in one party scene, which was a shame since there were quite a few familiar faces.
This was easily one of my favorite comedies of the year. It wasn’t suited as a Christmas movie or a Christmas comedy in any way.
Due to the jokes, I don’t see it being infinitely rewatchable. This is also nowhere near family friendly since it was a James Franco led comedy. So watch at your own discretion.
If you are looking for a great Christmas comedy that bears repeat watching, I would recommend The Night Before. It has Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, and Anthony Mackie and has a different spin on The Christmas Carol.