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WHY HIM? isn’t very believable or funny because it is so obscene. Even the happy ending is contrived. It does become clear, however, that the boyfriend really loves Ned’s daughter. Also, in one scene during the happy ending, people seriously sing part of “The First Noel.” Ironically, the movie implies the boyfriend is so crude and lacks any social graces because he had no parents teaching him right from wrong while growing up. Nothing can make up for the movie’s constant foul language and crude jokes, however. So, WHY HIM? is an unacceptably raunchy comedy that all moviegoers should avoid.
(PaPaPa, C, B, Ho, LLL, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Very strong pagan worldview about a family introduced to a boyfriend, who has absolutely no filter, with brief scene of people singing part of “The First Noel”, and it’s implied that character has no moral filter because he didn’t have two parents to raise him, plus two men kiss; about 111 obscenities (many “f” words), two GDs, 24 light profanities, plus a flood of moose urine spills all over people in living room, and scenes of people sitting on fancy computerized toilet; strong comic, slapstick violence includes comical punching and fighting, man stands on glass exhibit of moose packed in its own urine and glass breaks to spill a flood of moose urine spilling all over living room and people, 15-year-old boy trapped under moose; very strong sexual content in comical context includes many crude paintings of animals, crude sexual talk, two men kiss, lewd dancing during wild party, intoxicated woman tries to seduce her husband into bed, but he’s too upset, joke about oral sex, and miscellaneous crude jokes, two of which involve the 15-year-old brother; moose private parts shown, and partial shot of man’s pubic hair, plus shots of upper male nudity; alcohol use and light drunkenness; no smoking but woman is high on marijuana but use not shown; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes boyfriend with no filter tries too hard to impress girlfriend’s parents, and this results in awkward situations, man has many tattoos, and daughter hides new boyfriend and other things from her family.
WHY HIM? is an extremely crude comedy about a father, who gets extremely upset when his college-age daughter establishes a really close relationship with a crude but very wealthy video game creator, who has absolutely no filter on his words or behavior. WHY HIM? has a happy ending where it’s clear the video game mogul really loves the daughter, but it’s filled with nearly constant foul language and scatological, lewd content, some of which focuses on the daughter’s 15-year-old brother.
The movie opens with the father, Ned Fleming, celebrating the anniversary of his publishing business at a restaurant. His college-age daughter at Stanford, Stephanie, makes a video call to the restaurant, but her boyfriend, Laird, shows up at her apartment spouting obscenities and starting to take off his pants. That’s the first time Stephanie’s family has even heard that she’s been dating anyone.
Laird has invited her family to spend Christmas vacation with them in Northern California. Laird turns out to be a super-rich, foul-mouthed video game mogul with no parents and no filter. His house is full of crude paintings of animals in various sexual positions. In his living room, he has a dead moose encased in its own urine behind a glass, created by some famous avant-garde, modern artist.
As the movie progresses, Stephanie’s father learns how rich Laird really is, that she’s been seeing Laird for more than a year, and that she’s even decided to quit college to work for Laird, even though she’s nearly graduated. With each new revelation and each awkward and obscene encounter with Laird, her father becomes more infuriated. Especially when Stephanie keeps defending Laird because he has a “good heart” and loves her.
Can this situation be saved?
WHY HIM? isn’t very believable or funny because it is so obscene. Even the happy ending is contrived. It does become clear, however, that Laird is trying way too hard to please Stephanie’s family. So, eventually, he does gain some sympathy from the daughter’s family and, eventually, her father. Ironically, the movie contends that Laird is so crude and lacks social graces because he had no parents teaching him right from wrong while growing up. There’s also a short scene where people seriously sing part of the Christmas carol “The First Noel.”
Nothing can make up for the constant foul language and crude jokes, however. Also, there are scenes where the daughter’s 15-year-old brother drinks alcohol. There are also two sex jokes involving the underage brother.