Laughing Out Loud: Why Him? Movie Review

Song of the Day

Today’s song of the day is from KISS, I Was Made For Loving You. I was inspired by the Christmas movie, Why Him?

KISS is one of the classic and iconic heavy metal band of the late 70s and 80s; the era that defined outrageous looks, white men with long hair, long electric guitar solos, amazing love ballads, and just good ol’ fashioned badass rock-n-roll…yes…heavy metal.

Aside from the ridiculous makeup and antics, KISS has some pretty good rock music.

Gene Simmons, the lead singer of KISS, is an Israeli-American and actually quite conservative, a Republican. Shocking. We need to be able to differentiate entertainment from the man (or men).

KISS, does NOT stand for Knights In Satan’s Service, as rumored for years – and flatly debunked by Simmon’s in his autobiography. And no, it doesn’t stand for Keep It Simple, Stupid, either; a phrase popularized by Bill Clinton’s presidential election mantra: K.I.S.S. – IT’S ABOUT THE ECONOMY.

Movie Review: Why Him?

Normally I get carried away analyzing movies in too much detail and revealing too much about the plot. But this time I’m gonna keep it simple – inspired by my song of the day band. (Do you see the circularity here? LOL). And I doubt I’m going to surprise anyone that this movie is about a Christmas family gathering and an over-protective father struggling to come to grips with reality that he must finally let go of his little girl.

This movie is damn hilarious. It also has a lot of my favorite actors. It does have some potty humor and crude language, but if you can get past that, it’s definitely worth watching. I laughed out loud throughout.

I found it interesting that the subtle plot behind the movie about life changing everything – new technology displacing yesterday’s ways of doing things, and the new generation overtaking the old, but the irony that amidst all of this, we are all just searching for what is familiar and the still the same.

The daughter fell in love with a man who reminds her of her father, his best attributes. But, like many of us, the father is unable to see him for what he is, beyond the superficial things he sees, that prevent him from getting to know the true person.

It’s the same old truth: love the person inside and not what we see with our eyes.

It’s a feel good movie. But it was hella funny throughout, and just heartwarming. Check it out.