Why Him?

A dull comedy that wastes the proven comic talents of its two leads, James Franco and Bryan Cranston, who play a mismatched son-in-law/father-in-law to be (Franco’s a sweary Californian tech billionaire with tats, Cranston’s a respected but square Midwest paper merchant). It’s by John Hamburg, who has previously written Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers and I Love You, Man, among others, and although he has experience and success with this kind of male-oriented pre-marriage-hiccups-comedy sub-genre I think this is his worst effort yet. The laughs disappear fairly quickly, and you’ve seen most of the scenes before in various other comedies; can we not move on from naff celebrity cameos or uncool adult characters losing their inhibitions after accidentally taking drugs? (*)