Franco plays Laird, the tattooed, foul-mouthed boyfriend of Cranston's daughter. He's an internet zillionaire with "literally no filter." He calls them "the motherf---ing Flemings," eggs on Cranston's son in cursing, and destroys their home's holiday decorations with his helicopter.
"You are not the guy we want our daughter marrying," Cranston declares.
Laird has a different viewpoint, though. "By Christmas morning, you're going to be calling me son and I'm going to be calling you dad.""Why Him?" is directed by John Hamburg, who also helmed "I Love You Man." Like that movie, this one looks like it takes a pretty typical movie scenario and gives it a fresh feel. The cast, which includes Megan Mullally as the mom and Zoey Deutch as the daughter, is terrific. And Franco is perfected the art of playing insufferable d-bags.
"Why Him?" opens in theaters December 23.
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During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford University. While there, he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Even though Laird is a multimillionaire, Ned disapproves of his freewheeling attitude and unfiltered language. His panic level escalates even further when he learns that Laird plans to ask for Stephanie's hand in marriage. Read More