Director: John Hamburg
Writer: John Hamburg (screenplay), Ian Helfer (screenplay), Jonah Hill (story by), John Hamburg (story by), Ian Helfer (story by)
Stars: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer
Runtime: 111 min
Released: 23 Dec 2016
Synopsis: The film starts with a Facetime chat between Laird Mayhew (James Franco) and his girlfriend Stephanie Fleming (Zoey Deutch). She invites him to come over to “Netflix and chill”. Laird gets excited and starts naming Netflix shows as he points the phone’s camera down toward his groin.
Stephanie’s younger brother Scotty (Griffin Gluck) puts on a slideshow at an Applebee’s in honor of their dad Ned’s (Bryan Cranston) birthday. Ned’s wife/the kids’ mother Barb (Megan Mullaly) and some of Ned’s coworkers are in attendance. Scotty arranges for Stephanie to pop in via webcam, just as Laird walks into her room. He takes his pants off and exposes his bare ass to everyone. Scotty frantically tries to shut the feed off, but he accidentally gets a shot of Laird’s ass. Ned just grabs the laptop and smashes it when the restaurant employees come in to sing “Happy Birthday”.
Ned is the CEO of a printing company that has been having a rough year. The company is in debt and is unable to close deals with other companies due to the lack of demand for printing. Ned talks to his coworker Lou Dunne (Cedric The Entertainer) about the incident from the previous night. Ned tells Lou that Stephanie wants the rest of the family to meet Laird, even though Stephanie never even mentioned having a boyfriend up until that night.
Stephanie drives her family to Laird’s house, which is surprisingly huge. She explains to Ned that Laird is the CEO of a video game company, meaning he’s super rich. They arrive at the house, and Laird greets the family as “the motherfucking Flemings!” They also meet Laird’s right-hand man Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), who also acts as the voice of reason to Laird. Laird gives the family a tour of his house, complete with curse words and overly complimenting Barb’s looks in front of Ned. He even shows off a back tattoo that he got of the Flemings’ Christmas card, with “Happy Holidays” written on the bottom. In the living room is a tank with a moose filled completely with its urine. The basement has a bowling alley that Laird built with a mural of Ned, complete with a “crotch-chop” pose of his.