Blu-ray/DVD, Reviews

“Why Him?”, Contagiously Funny on Blu-ray

 

It’s contagiously funny, silly and ill-mannered, but Why Him? tops this year for comedy lovers. Especially if you like a lot of rude and crude with your movie entertainment, because this one has a lot and its non-stop. Now on home video in a Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD combo pack, the hysterical film shows nicely on your in home entertainment center. If you like situation comedies that are totally over the top delivering big laughs like The Interview, Knocked Up, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates or even TV’s “Workaholics” than this film is right up your ally.

Owner of a successful printing business, Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) is enjoying his 55th birthday party at a restaurant with his staff and friends. With the help of his business manager Lou Dunne (Cedric the Entertainer), his wife Barb (Megan Mullally) and his son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) have set up the affair and just skyped on a big screen his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) who’s away at college. Dad and mom are really excited about her wonderful wishes she gives her father until in the background Stephanie’s boyfriend Laird (James Franco) comes in her dorm room and pulls his pants down.

Laird (James Franco), Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), Ned (Bryan Cranston), Barb (Megan Mullally), and Scotty (Griffin Gluck) in “Why Him?”

So begins a hilarious story of mishaps, misinterpretations, and a marriage proposal that turns one dumbfounded family on its ear. Director and screenwriter John Hamburg (I Love You Man) moves his film along at a fast clip never giving a lull in the interaction between the Fleming family and Laird. He unleashes his secret weapon, Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), who works his comedic magic throughout the film stealing most of the scenes in which he takes part.

Laird (James Franco) and Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key) discuss a problem in “Why Him?”

Cranston shows his incredible tongue-in-cheek comedic side as the father who finds himself in the middle of his worst nightmare. His annoying nemesis Laird has enchanted his only daughter. He may be a multi-millionaire, but he’s crude, bad-mannered, covered in tattoos and overbearing. A former playboy who has bedded many women has his hands on his prized daughter, and she loves him. The guy who has not shown his face in a comedy since “Malcolm in the Middle”, mainly to keep his persona in the award winning TV series “Breaking Bad” I guess, has shown his amazing range as a consummate actor.

Laird (James Franco) asks Ned Fleming (Bryan Cranston) for his permission to marry Stephanie in “Why Him?”

Facing off as the mishap antagonist, James Franco puts on a great show trying to convince Ned that he’s the right man for his daughter. Even though he’s not the kind of guy the beautiful and moral Stephanie should have fallen in love with, Laird’s got her love and he’s not going to let go. He nails the role with aplomb and combined with the amazing chemistry he has with the whole cast, makes the film work.

BONUS FEATUES: Even the special extras are very well done and entertaining

“Why Him? Gag Reel” is like having watching a quick re-run of the funniest parts of the movie with sight gags and outtakes.
“47 Minutes on the Can” the toilet scene that is one of the best belly laughs in the film shows how it took them 47 minutes to do a 3 to 5 minute scene. It’s hysterical.

Cracking up in a bonus feature are Keegan-Michael Key and Bryan Cranston

“Why Gustav?” I don’t know if you are familiar with Keegan-Michael Key as his 86 credits have not showcased his talent like his character Gustav has in Why Him? He’s an amazing actor making a good measure of the funny scenes work in the film.
“Barb Fleming: America’s Mom” shows why they chose Megan Mullaly for Barb Fleming and the casting company nailed it.
“Lou the Entertainer” Cedric has been in a lot of comedies and I especially like in the “Barbershop” films. But here, he inserts a lot of laughter at the right moments.
“Richard Blais: Twisted Chef” I am not familiar with Richard Blais, maybe because I do not watch a lot of cooking shows. But, if you do know him this gives you a quick peek at some of the wit he possess.
“Deleted Scenes” I liked the film so much that I can see why they didn’t want to extend it with these scenes. BUT, they are very good and fill in some of the blanks.
“Audio Commentary by John Hamburg (Director/Co-Writer), Ian Helfer (Co-Writer) and William Kerr (Editor)” the three filmmakers give some insight on why they chose to do some of the scenes. You can turn it on for you second run through if you are a budding filmmaker, actor or crew member.

THE FOLLOWING  TRAILER IS INTENDED FOR MATURE ADULTS AND MAY REQUIRE AGE APPROVAL

Why Him? Has been rated R by the MPAA for strong language and sexual material throughout. There are a LOT of 4 letter words and sexual innuendos for sure, whew! Please keep this one away from the kids.

FINAL ANALYSIS: One of the best comedic films on home video thus far this year.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Keegan-Michael Key, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, Zack Pearlman, Cedric the Entertainer, Adam Devine.
Director: John Hamburg
MPAA Rating:  R for strong language and sexual material throughout
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.
Video Release Date: March 28, 2017
Original Theatrical Release Date: December 23, 2016
Language: English
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray (also available on DVD and Digital HD)
Audio: Blu-ray- DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, DVD- Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Number of Discs: 2 Discs + Digital HD download
Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 10 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com

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