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Fine James Franco, We Will Watch Your Damn Movie, But Only Because of Bryan Cranston

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 1, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 1, 2016 |

Did you guys watch Bryan Cranston’s LBJ HBO movie, All the Way? Yeah, me neither. What about Trumbo? I didn’t get around to that one, either. The reviews were middling, and I just couldn’t muster the interest.

You know what it is? I think I miss Malcolm in the Middle Cranston. He’s a funny guy, and he hasn’t been playing really funny characters lately. That should change, however, in the coming two years. He’s gonna be in James Franco’s The Masterpiece, the movie about The Room. He’s signed on to a Kevin Hart film called The Untouchables. He’s going to be in a movie called Wakefield, where he has a nervous breakdown, leaves his wife and moves into his attic, and I don’t know if that’s going to be funny or not, but I’m going to laugh either way. He’s also playing Zordon in Power Rangers, which is … funny in theory.

Anyway, it’s good to see Cranston returning to his comic roots. He’ll be doing so in a big way in a movie called Why Him?, out this Christmas, which looks like a version of Meet the Parents, where Cranston plays the overprotective father and James Franco plays an Internet zillionaire with no filter.

I have moral objections to wanting to see it because of Franco, but I have to admit the trailer suggests a certain easy-to-digest Seth-Rogen like comedy vibe that is strangely appealing. I’M SORRY. I feel like I’m letting you all down, but a stoned Megan Mullally offering anal to Cranston kind of sealed the deal for me.

My first thought upon seeing the female lead, by the way, was “Who is that? She’s familiar? I should have put her on the list of female Sam Worthington equivalents.” Then I looked it up and realized she was Zoey Deutch and I did put her on the list, which basically proves my point about her Worthington-ness.

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