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Why Him? (2016/Fox 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray + Blu-ray/DVD Set)

Picture: A-/B+/C+ Sound: A-/A-/C+ Extras: B Film: C

From John Hamburg who directed the very funny I Love You, Man (2009) comes the hit and miss new comedy Why Him? (2016), which stars James Franco, Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall). From a story idea by actor Jonah Hill, who starred alongside Franco in This Is The End (2013), Why Him? is a dysfunctional Christmas-set family comedy with some decent performances and the occasional chuckle, but at times has completely predictable jokes and several loose story beats that don't get tied up and, to no surprise, more fart and sex jokes than you can shake a stick at. Not a success with critics but a decent performer at the holiday box office, the film lands on 4K UHD and Blu-ray thanks to Fox.

Why Him? also stars Megan Mullally, Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key, Griffin Gluck, and Andrew Rannells to name a few.

When Stephanie (Deutch) goes to Stanford for college, she leaves her Michigan-based family behind to start a new life which includes Ned (Cranston), Barb, and her younger brother Scotty (Gluck). During a time when Ned's paper printing business is on the verge of bankruptcy, Stephanie invites the family to visit her in California for Christmas to spend it with her and her eccentric new boyfriend, Laird Mayhew (Franco) who is a millionaire video game designer and everything they don't want for her daughter. Laird has creepy tattoos, a foul mouth, a lack of filter, a bizarre art collection, and a plan to propose to Stephanie and make her his wife. Feeling that he is losing control of his only daughter, a war brews between Ned and Laird as the two go through many trials and tribulations as Ned's good intentions consistently backfire. Can Laird win Ned's approval and join the family?

Much like the character of Laird that Franco plays in the film, the movie tries way too hard, with nearly no implications on many of the shenanigans that take place. (Spoilers) For example, fifteen year old Scotty gets drunk at a rowdy Christmas party at Laird's house and we never see him again after, in fact the parents are there partying too... which doesn't make sense for the 'over protective' parents that they are supposed to be. Another scene involves Cranston hiding under a computer desk while Laird and Stephanie are having sex on top of it... suddenly in the next scene Cranston is sitting in a bathroom alone. How did he get out of the situation that is never brought up again? Another character (a bearded tech guy) who works for Ned in the film seems to have a crush on Stephanie in one scene, and then in another is in love with his oriental wife and daughter. Jokes are planted and not paid off, which is ultimately just bad writing.

The presentation on the film on 4K UHD disc is pretty impressive, however, in 2160p with HDR (high dynamic range 10-bit color) and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 that looks pretty stunning. This isn't the type of film that you would expect to see on this format but the detail on the characters is detailed down to the last pore on the actors' faces and vivid textures of the sets. The sound mix is equally as impressive with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 track, that is also on the regular Blu-ray disc that sounds immersive throughout and dialogue that is clear and easy to understand amidst a simple score and occasional rock song, including several by the band KISS (which make a cameo as well). The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 7.1 track as well that is fine for what the film is and doesn't really detract too much away from any enjoyment. The 4K UHD is simply more detailed in terms of skin tones and overall presentation. A lesser quality digital UV copy of the film is included as well.

A Blu-ray edition with a DVD has also been issued and the DVD is on the soft side with an almost streaky look in places, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is weak and has a soundfield that always sounds a bit incomplete.

Special Features include...

Why Him? Gag Reel

47 Minutes on the Can

Why Gustav?

Barb Fleming: America's Mom

Lou The Entertainer

Richard Blais: Twisted Chef

Deleted Scenes

Feature Length Audio Commentary by John Hamburg (Director/Co-Writer), Ian Helfer (Co-Writer) and William Kerr (Editor)

- Gallery

- Theatrical Trailer

Despite a few laughs, Why Him? is riddled with several flaws and moments that you can see coming. One look at the cover art and its pretty easy to tell what the film is about and where it's going. If you like really dumb comedies then you may enjoy it, but if you want to see a dysfunctional family comedy that works just rewatch the original Meet The Parents (2000) and call it a day.

- James Lockhart and Nicholas Sheffo



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