For the last, I don’t know, 140 years, we’ve been complaining about the overabundance of sequels, prequels and threequels being churned out by Hollywood. Between the millionth Avengers movie and a new Star Wars slated every year for the next five, cinephiles have never been hungrier for non-franchise, non-superhero, non-blockbuster films.
Well, looks like the movie industry has found a way to screw that up, too. Just when you start to fool yourself into thinking things are looking up, they dump a trailer for a cringe-worthy, derivative shitshow like this one on you. As it turns out, even the original movies in Hollywood are wholly unoriginal these days.
Entitled Why Him?, the flick centres on the reused and recycled dynamic of a woman’s loser boyfriend and her overprotective father who hates him. Bryan Cranston plays the dad (c’maaaaan Walter White!) and James Franco — at his smarmiest, douchebaggiest, fake-tattooed worst — is his possible son-in-law. But we’re not here for a heartwarming tale about learning to let your daughter go, a la Father of the Bride. No, no. The movie appears to be nothing more than a pissing contest of tired dad jokes and yawn-worthy stunts, that we can only hope ends with Cranston murdering Franco in a fit of rage.
Now that would be a surprise ending worthy of Hollywood. And something we’d actually pay to see.