James Franco Plays Palo Alto Startup Entrepreneur in “Why Him?”

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Palo Alto native James Franco stars as an eccentric startup hipster from his hometown in the forthcoming comedy "Why Him?"

The feature film co-stars Zoey Deutch, who plays Franco's straight-laced, Stanford-attending girlfriend, and Bryan Cranston as her father, who clashes with the freewheeling shirtlessness of Franco's off-the-rails character.

Franco graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996 and returned to his alma mater 20 years later to lead a film workshop.

In 2013, Franco starred in "Palo Alto," a film about a high school teacher's inappropriate relationship with a student. It was based on "Palo Alto Stories," a short book he wrote.

"Why Him?" opens in theaters nationwide on Dec. 25.

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