6 James Franco Movies To Binge Watch Before Seeing ‘Why Him’

Oh, James Franco.

I swear, in my eyes, this man can do no wrong. He’s so smart, beautiful, funny, and you can tell he’s a little shy (which just makes it so much better).

On December 23rd, his new movie co-starring Bryan Cranston is coming out, and if you’re anything like me, you’re crazy excited to watch him in a new movie again. BUT – if for some odd, alternate dimension reason you don’t actually like James Franco, I’m convinced it’s just because you haven’t watched the right movies.

Here’s a quick list of just a few of the many bomb things James has been in that’ll give you Franco fever:

Freaks and Geeks

First, let’s just take a moment to envy Busy Phillips.

Okay, while this show is pretty old, it only lasted for one season so it’s easily bingeable AND you got Seth Rogen and Jason Segel in it. Plus, it’s timeless. They deal with cheating, being nerdy, and feeling like you’re not good enough in the one year of their lives we were fortunate enough to witness.

Pineapple Express

Is him eating a burger while crying on a swing set not all of us?

Again, you got the benefit of Seth Rogen – which is a major theme in the majority of anything Franco has been in – and you got Franco high and running from someone he thinks wants him dead the entire time.

It’s the perfect, “this semester is over and I need to turn my brain off” movie.

This Is The End

The world is ending, a bunch of famous people are having a party, it’s every man for himself.

If you’re anything like me and you hate “end of the world” nonsense, but kind of want to feel like you’re a part of the trend, this movie is for you. It blends scripted reality with movie magic and if you try really hard, you can pretend you and James are the last two survivors on earth.

Spring Breakers

Before you watch this movie I have to warn you: Every single friend of mine who I have made watch it hated me for making me watch it, but I promise it’s so good if you just turn your brain off, again.

This particular scene I’ve referenced so many times that my friends put a ban on any and all James Franco lines from this movie. He rescues some girls, they turn badass, and he seriously pulls off a look no one should be able to throughout the movie.

The Night Before

While James is in this movie for such a small amount of time I couldn’t even find a GIF of him in it, it’s still worth watching for his part.

He plays himself in it and it’s hilarious. Plus, you have the added benefit of the rest of the movie being good because, again, Seth Rogen.

True Story

PLOT TWIST: This movie is neither funny nor does it have Seth Rogen.

What it does have is an amazing performance by James Franco as a murderer and Jonah Hill as a reporter trying to get his story. This movie shows how versatile James is and puts him way above a “high comedy relief” actor.

Okay, that’s all I got because I’m sure by now you’re jumping out of your seat wanting to go watch these right now. Seriously, just give any of these a chance and I promise you’ll be hooked on Franco.

Let us know how you liked them all and feel free to share any of your fave Franco movies in the comments!

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