Image zoom Scott Garfield Why Him? type Movie You often hear screenwriters talk about the “idea” of their screenplay. Not the situation, the characters, or the plot: The deeper theme, some elemental conflict motivating all of the above. This is because screenwriters are smart people, and because we all need something to believe in. But the Hollywood hard-R comedy has never felt so shallow. Every title is an elevator pitch: Bad Moms, Dirty Grandpa, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. Once you get the concept, you can fill in the blanks. There will be celebrity cameos; there will be overqualified TV comedians improvising their way through supporting roles; there will be gross-out humor about private parts gone public; in the end, there will be hugs. So credit Why Him? for an unusual virtue: It gives good subtext. Bryan Cranston plays Ned Fleming, 55 years old and a paragon of 55-year-old American ideals. He runs a paper company in Michigan. Anyone … [Read more...] about Why Him?