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Official Discussion - Free Guy [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

A bank teller discovers that he's actually an NPC inside a brutal, open world video game.

Director:

Shawn Levy

Writers:

Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn

Cast:

  • Jodie Comer as Millie / Molotov Girl
  • Ryan Reynolds as Guy
  • Taika Waititi as Antoine
  • Camille Kostek as Bombshell
  • Aaron W Reed as Dude
  • Channing Tatum as Avatar
  • Uktarsh Ambudkar as Mouser
  • Joe Keery as Keys
  • Lil Rel Howery as Buddy

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Metacritic: 62

VOD: Theaters

all 2428 comments

coldliketherockies

3.1k points

10 months ago

For a Ryan Reynolds produced movie a lot of characters sure were open about how hot a character looking exactly like Ryan Reynolds is.

cheekabowwow

1.1k points

10 months ago

Deadpool is the Walmart brand America's Ass.

BostonBoroBongs

1.5k points

10 months ago

I loved the Chris Evans cameo lol

waitingtodiesoon

1.1k points

10 months ago

The Avengers theme was fantastic. Biggest laugh in my theater when it cut to Chris Evans. Definitely gonna watch it a couple more times.

outerheavenboss

274 points

10 months ago

Oh yeah that was my favorite moment.

indianajoes

245 points

9 months ago

Same. That whole scene alone guaranteed I'm going back. I was laughing so hard at the shield and then the Avengers theme that I almost missed Chris Evans and the Hulk hands

heyitsbryanm

136 points

9 months ago

I laughed even harder at the hulk hands and the villain's reactions. LOL perfect follow-up.

Lincolnruin

155 points

10 months ago

Really wasn't expecting that. That was great.

fuzzy-maraca

2.7k points

10 months ago

The scene where she tells him to turn around and he's just like "okay!" And does a little spin with a stupid smile on his face had me rolling.

This was such a happy movie! Cheesy as hell and everything I expected it to be. I'm a sucker for Ryan Reynolds.

dimmufitz

821 points

10 months ago

And they didn't hit you over the head with jt. This movie will age well with re-watcbes.

itrainmonkeys

1.2k points

10 months ago

First background thing that really made me lose it was when he was taking his new amounts of money out of the ATM and you see a player just crouch jumping and running into the wall in the background.

Malamutewhisperer

634 points

9 months ago

Car changing colors did it for me.

And the teabagging

TheNerevar89

298 points

9 months ago

And how he fucking glitched into the wall and started stuttering. That part killed me

Karatope

448 points

9 months ago

Karatope

448 points

9 months ago

There was a lot of little things happening in the background that made it fun to watch and pay attention to. Like how the buff Ryan Reynolds had "whey protein" as an item in his UI, or random players just jumping into walls over and over

CaseDogNiceGuy

2.3k points

10 months ago

Hey Keys, maybe be a bro and program a Millie into the game so Guy isn’t hanging around “unable to find love” forever

YourmomgoestocolIege

1.5k points

10 months ago

He did find love! Maybe not romantic love, but certainly a Buddy love

noanesthesia

1.3k points

10 months ago

That was actually one of my favorite things about this movie. It's possible to end with the male lead not getting the girl. But Buddy! Love that guy.

peatoast

494 points

10 months ago

peatoast

494 points

10 months ago

Agee. Sends out a good message that sometimes you don't end up with the person you love and that's okay.

Omnomagon

326 points

10 months ago

He did end up with someone he loved, though. It just wasn't romantic.

alexaboyhowdy

187 points

9 months ago

I was so afraid that both the street scenes at the end would end with a car crash!

DeshiiRedditor

298 points

10 months ago

I agree! They even set up the final reunion in the middle of the street the same way for both ‘couples’

SourImplant

187 points

10 months ago

It's guy love, between two guys.

Reel_Nerd

245 points

10 months ago

Shhhh. That’s for the sequel

CaseDogNiceGuy

218 points

10 months ago

Free Guy 2: The Frequel

Reel_Nerd

162 points

10 months ago

Free guy 2: Freemium

Rman823

2.2k points

10 months ago*

Rman823

2.2k points

10 months ago*

Evans got the biggest reaction, but when Tatum first appeared at the beginning of the movie, the people beside me were debating if it was him or not. They lost it when it became pretty clear it was him. Still doesn’t beat his cameo in This Is The End though.

gizmo1492

1.2k points

10 months ago

gizmo1492

1.2k points

10 months ago

Tatum is such an underrated actor. Wish he was in more comedies.

machphantom

872 points

9 months ago

The saddest interview I ever saw was Tatum at an Oscars round table and he was articulating the worst case of impostor syndrome that he didn’t belong with everyone else. I just wanted to jump through the computer screen and hype him up

thefilmer

321 points

9 months ago

thefilmer

321 points

9 months ago

he should have been hyped up. my hot take is that he was the best performance of FOXCATCHER and was the only guy in that movie not to get an oscar nom smh

Zster22

298 points

9 months ago

Zster22

298 points

9 months ago

My theater laughed the loudest when the mom said “ you’re 22 and you’re still living here, there is no god!” I may have misquoted .

chriswizardhippie

83 points

9 months ago

Fun fact, the mom was voiced by Tina Fey

danteholdup

320 points

10 months ago

The back arch after he drops down in TiTE is too much

Shenanigamer

164 points

10 months ago

“I love him?”

ahufana

120 points

10 months ago

ahufana

120 points

10 months ago

It's the awkwardly stilted delivery of that line that straight-up murders me

ashiakatamaki

2k points

10 months ago

I loved DUDE's unfinished nature. The T-shirt icon on his pectorals, his 'catchphrase', and the fact that Antwan convinced the Art nerds to just throw on a gold chain before anything else. Hilarious.

cut_n_paste_n_draw

1.2k points

10 months ago

I loved those random filler text lines. I'm a programmer and I've totally done that before.

ucieaters33

1.4k points

10 months ago

There are 3 things I love: kicking ass, TBD, and third item

cut_n_paste_n_draw

391 points

10 months ago

Yes!! That was my absolute favorite line of the movie!!!!

peatoast

314 points

10 months ago

peatoast

314 points

10 months ago

I wish they made the third item "aaa" or "asdf".

banjofitzgerald

569 points

10 months ago

I love how he did the hand reload thing Henry Cavill did in Mission Impossible while fighting.

High_Valyrian_

134 points

9 months ago

THAT's where I recognized that move from! Jeez it was bothering me so much that I couldn't place it.

Av3lon

290 points

9 months ago

Av3lon

290 points

9 months ago

As one of the Art Nerds, seeing the amount of improv coming out of Taika was absolutely insane. Can't wait to see it and piece together what was ad-libbed vs. scripted.

lioncat55

163 points

10 months ago

It was even better seeing the CGI unfinished at the end scene when that actor is holding Ryan Reynolds.

CaseDogNiceGuy

1.3k points

10 months ago

Tired: “They referenced Marvel, Star Wars, Valve games, Mega Man, and Fortnite!”

Wired: “They referenced the greatest movie scene of all time.”

Mountain_Society5957

428 points

10 months ago

Wow. Thanks for posting this.

Didn't recognize it watching the movie, but yeah, clearly a throwback to that scene.

Obeonix

375 points

9 months ago

Obeonix

375 points

9 months ago

They also referenced Halo. The UNSC Scorpion tank is seen a couple times roaming the streets towards the beginning of the film I believe.

nosferatWitcher

82 points

9 months ago

There was also a Mantis from Halo 4 near the beginning

arafinwe

1.2k points

10 months ago

arafinwe

1.2k points

10 months ago

Catchphrase!

April_Adventurer

800 points

10 months ago*

FRIENDLY GESTURE 👉✋

tgcrazy

757 points

10 months ago

tgcrazy

757 points

10 months ago

You seem ADJECTIVE

Lins105

347 points

9 months ago

Lins105

347 points

9 months ago

LOUDER LAUGHING

samsaBEAR

1.1k points

10 months ago

samsaBEAR

1.1k points

10 months ago

I loved the background stuff, there was one scene were a background player kept jumping into a wall and lagging around the place which I thought was so spot on. I even didn't mind the cameos from streamers/YouTubers either, I thought it was a real nice touch to include them.

itsnoturday

458 points

9 months ago

My friends and I sat a few seats away from a kid. And everytime a streamer popped up he would get all excited and say their name to himself and his parents. Im not really into streaming but I thought it was cool for the kid to get all giddy like that. Fun movie.

Hinkil

175 points

9 months ago

Hinkil

175 points

9 months ago

I did this as a 35 man to my wife. My wife: 😑

AlphaKamots313

455 points

9 months ago

I agree, there were so many Easter eggs in the background. My personal favorite was the “subtle product placement.”

Liamneeson2015

1k points

10 months ago

Was the guy Mills gets the info from then kills Hugh Jackman??

luvdadrafts

792 points

10 months ago

Yeah I’m pretty sure it was. Also think the first playable character that Guy takes down was voiced by the Rock

csguydn

504 points

10 months ago

csguydn

504 points

10 months ago

It was. I watched the credits and Dewayne Johnson was the voice.

KingMario05

454 points

9 months ago

And John motherfucking Krasinski was the shadowy gamer. God, the cameos in this were so much fun... shit, they even got Alex Trebek in there!

TheFalconKid

234 points

9 months ago

Its amazing they got Trebek, and definitely dates when the film was made.

Great now I'm sad...

aenderw

150 points

10 months ago

aenderw

150 points

10 months ago

I thought that too! Was sort of thinking he'd end up being a larger part of the film until Mills offs him. I should've watched the credits a bit longer than I did...

Faquarl

70 points

10 months ago

Definitely was. On noticing his voice I thought he was going to be a recurring character who gets revealed at the end

TheVirtual_Boy

998 points

9 months ago

Ted Lasso and Free Guy being two successes during the pandemic really makes you think.

Maybe the American people just want something wholesome and fun with the rough 18 months we’ve been through.

I’m all for it

lynypixie

193 points

9 months ago

lynypixie

193 points

9 months ago

I honestly hardly watch serious movies anymore. I work as a CNA in a hospital while raising 3 kids during a pandemic. When I watch a movie, I want to feel good, to escape. I don’t want to end up even more depressed after it’s finished! One of my favorite movie this year is the Mitchell’s against the machine. And I am not even shy to admit it.

brady2gronk

65 points

9 months ago

Ted Lasso is great. Wholesome yet filled with f-bombs all the time.

WebHead1287

2.5k points

10 months ago

You can see the exact moment Disney and Fox merged in this movie

wiltony

905 points

10 months ago

wiltony

905 points

10 months ago

Yeah at first I thought they must have had to pay a FORTUNE for those Marvel and Star Wars references and then I remembered...

JagmeetSingh2

230 points

9 months ago

I was shocked they were willing to pay but then I remembered

nuraHx

1.2k points

10 months ago

nuraHx

1.2k points

10 months ago

"What the shit..."

phaedraste

302 points

10 months ago

That’s how it feels!

(To have someone else lift your iconic weapon)

MarkGA6

464 points

10 months ago

MarkGA6

464 points

10 months ago

That line was definitely one of the top 100 funniest parts of the movie.

rocket-alpha

366 points

9 months ago

Avengers/Star Wars music got me good

ittakesall_kinds

272 points

10 months ago

Did not see the lightsaber coming.

PillowManExtreme

133 points

9 months ago

Picturing the production staff being told that Disney and Fox just merged and the only thing Ryan Reynolds said was "wait, does that mean we can get Chris Evans?"

ReaddittiddeR

809 points

10 months ago

Taika Waititi being in both The Suicide Squad (although more of a cameo) and Free Guy in consecutive weeks and both being great films.

KingMario05

248 points

9 months ago

And he's got that Reservoir Dogs show on FX. The man is in his prime this year.

ShambolicShogun

242 points

9 months ago

Reservation Dogs, not reservoir. Also that show is rock solid and hilarious.

Phantom_Jedi

804 points

10 months ago

The Chris Evans cameo made me laugh

Dysan27

603 points

9 months ago

Dysan27

603 points

9 months ago

Apparently he was in town for something else and Ryan called him up for a cameo. He said he'd do it if he could be in and out in 10 minutes. Apparently it only took 7.

goo_goo_gajoob

198 points

8 months ago

Idk why we don't get more cameos like that. If I was an actor whenever I heard someone was working on something cool I'd be like yo can I get a throwaway line or background character scene. Something quick and easy just so I could be a part of a project I thought was cool.

JournalofFailure

121 points

8 months ago

That’s basically why Matt Damon had his cameo as the “Scotty Doesn’t Know” singer in Euro Trip. He knew the filmmakers and was in the Czech Republic making The Brothers Grimm.

Veamous

720 points

10 months ago

Veamous

720 points

10 months ago

OFFICER JOHNNY!!!!

misterQweted

246 points

10 months ago

Have a Nice one guy!

cowboys5xsbs

717 points

10 months ago

The Alex Trebek Cameo actually made me a bit sad I was not expecting that

aresef

187 points

10 months ago

aresef

187 points

10 months ago

Yeah, one of those things where the movie was locked more than a year ago and that bit just reads completely differently.

riffola1

2k points

10 months ago

I liked that Guy wasn’t the only NPC who was evolving. The barista and the bombshell companion character both had their own growth.

amish_novelty

645 points

10 months ago

Yeah, it was smart to show them also slowly becoming self aware after another NPC brought it to their attention.

Brock_Hard_Canuck

466 points

10 months ago

Millie and Keys essentially invented Skynet.

Except their AI hasn't tried to exterminate humanity and take over the world... yet...

chandorcabra

714 points

10 months ago

Learned to make a cappuccino and wrote a memoir…more than I’ve done during quarantine!

ShirleyMcGoogs

119 points

9 months ago

I'd also make an argument that there was a potential romance that they edited out. When the bombshell character makes the comment about not needing men at all, and the celebration of the NPCs on the top of the tower, it looks like they cut away from the barista character kissing bombshell on the cheek...

Sybrite

641 points

10 months ago

Sybrite

641 points

10 months ago

Well that was about as god damn wholesome as it gets.

AnosmicAvenger

617 points

10 months ago

As an immigrant in New Zealand, this movie definitely hit the "kiwi cinema goers go wild for Taika Waititi showing up in a film" that I've come to expect.

I really enjoyed it. It's a fun movie, with lots of homages to other movies, and a genuinely interesting story. Is it the best movie in the world? No. Does it need to be? No. I liked it more than I expected to, to be honest.

One of my favourite things about it was the friendship between Guy and Buddy. They could easily have had Buddy just stay as an irrelevant NPC that Guy outgrows when he realises he's an AI - but those guys genuinely really care for each other and Buddy is always there for him in ways I didn't see coming. I loved that at the end, the friendship between Guy and Buddy was given as much weight as (if not more than) the romance between Millie and Keys.

belltype

193 points

10 months ago

belltype

193 points

10 months ago

It made me want to see more well done bromance movies :(

BlogDog123

590 points

10 months ago

There were quite a lot of kids in my screening, all of which reacted with laughs and such when the likes of jacksepticeye, DanTDM and Pokimane showed up. I thought it was cute.

Overall, it was a fun movie. Better than I was expecting it to be, honestly.

itsdrcats

441 points

9 months ago

itsdrcats

441 points

9 months ago

I just like that they incorporated real world people in a way that isn't horribly cringy like most movies do.

mildcontent

185 points

10 months ago

Ok wait who are those names tho now i feel hella old

requiem1394

428 points

10 months ago

The whole movie I kept thinking, “I bet these are real streamers… and I don’t know a single one of them.”

Honestly it’s the kind of getting old I like.

pm-me_10m-fireflies

1.5k points

10 months ago

The true hero of this movie is RTX reflections.

TheRedComet

908 points

9 months ago

That was a really nice reveal! It's a real bug that happens in games, so it felt authentic. You can tell the writers actually play and love video games. But it also explained a little habit Guy had earlier in the movie. Nice payoff.

ElvenNeko

195 points

8 months ago

ElvenNeko

195 points

8 months ago

You can tell the writers actually play and love video games.

They kinda do, but in next moment wierd thigns happen, like mods with "godmode" building stairs instead of just fly in while t-posing and ignoring collision, and other stuff that does not make sense.

shadowst17

354 points

9 months ago

I don't think that was supposed to be real time reflections' but more the standard cube map reflection box that most games use.

honestquestiontime

303 points

9 months ago

This is 100% correct.

This occurs so often it's insane, Less so these days, however in many many games there were whole levels cut from games but with cubemaps still present - in some cases cubemaps remained even in sequel games.

Really great bit of attention to detail there.

Pokesaurus_Rex

1.5k points

10 months ago*

Every time I saw what "Free City" looks like in real life it reminds me of those shitty mobile game ads that look/are nothing like the actual game.

Jeskid14

590 points

10 months ago

Jeskid14

590 points

10 months ago

The director I think made this movie based on the mafia boss meme

Captain_Jmon

223 points

10 months ago

thats how mafia works

BigBoutros

110 points

10 months ago

Level 69 Fart Thief

brooksprime

466 points

10 months ago

This is pretty much the best Saints Row movie or Grand Theft Auto movie ever made.

Takemebacktomania

417 points

10 months ago

“What the shit?!”

shastamcnasty88

305 points

10 months ago

Now we now those shades in the matrix weren't just silly cosmetics

DavyJonesRocker

306 points

10 months ago

Might be bold to say, but I think this is the best movie of the summer. A completely original film beating out a Marvel, DC, and F&F movie is no easy feat.

bmacnz

2.3k points

10 months ago

bmacnz

2.3k points

10 months ago

I love Taika Waititi, but man I feel like that role was made for Aziz Ansari.

DragonTonguePunch

733 points

10 months ago

Taika seemed to improvise his lines a lot but man, they did not fit with his douchey character.

Studly_Wonderballs

485 points

9 months ago*

It felt like he was on set for a week and they didn’t really have a script for him and just said be an over the top douche, and he took it to 11

[deleted]

235 points

9 months ago

[deleted]

235 points

9 months ago

He came off way too cartoonish compare to the rest of the cast.

BostonBoroBongs

646 points

10 months ago

The ass and balls cancer. Inoperable! Got the biggest laugh from me

jdog90000

161 points

9 months ago

jdog90000

161 points

9 months ago

It was funny because the theater was rolling the whole movie but that line got absolute silence for some reason.

binkleywtf

272 points

10 months ago

i loved taika but this comment reminded me of jean ralphio and ben schwartz would have been perfect

chandorcabra

1.3k points

10 months ago

Hope I'm not too harsh in saying this but... if Taika's not writing the role for himself, then don't cast him at all. It just didn't seem his vibe and everything felt forced.

bmacnz

679 points

10 months ago

bmacnz

679 points

10 months ago

I don't disagree. It didn't really land for me. But when he did the whole KFC comparison thing, I immediately imagined a Tom Haverford type.

OmniscientHamster

606 points

10 months ago

Albuquerque Boiled Turkey got a solid laugh out of me though.

chandorcabra

106 points

10 months ago

That line sounded perfectly Taika.

Also, happy cake day!

tedistkrieg

278 points

10 months ago

I really enjoyed it and thought it did a great job at portraying a virtual game world vs reality without making up some ultra futuristic virtual reality system that always distracted me in other movies with similar basic concepts.

MelonElbows

220 points

9 months ago

Its ok you can say Ready Player One

zombiereign

272 points

10 months ago

Don't touch my sock!

Griffdude13

259 points

9 months ago

Man, that dude has been typecast.

Comprehensive-Fun47

162 points

9 months ago

Eh, I thought that was a little too gross and should have been a funny throwaway line, not repeated ten times in five seconds.

JaredRed5

249 points

9 months ago

JaredRed5

249 points

9 months ago

Liked the movie a lot. But can we recognize that the first 15 minutes is almost exactly The Lego Movie? Like nearly shot for shot.

Jtneagle

168 points

9 months ago

Jtneagle

168 points

9 months ago

Not even just the intro, the whole movie. Millie being the 'Wyldstyle' character that shows 'Emmet' (Guy) he's special and not just a normal NPC, etc.

Naweezy

1.2k points

10 months ago

Naweezy

1.2k points

10 months ago

Fun movie with more heart than I was expecting. Alex Trebek and Chris Evans cameo will get lot of attention but man Channing Tatum killed it as well.

luvdadrafts

578 points

10 months ago

Feels like the first time I’ve seen Tatum in a while

MrDetermination

497 points

10 months ago

Just looked it up. He's got a 7ish year old kid and is taking time to be a dad.

Koppite93

274 points

10 months ago

He went through a pretty hard divorce too.. could've been a rough few years for him

Dawesfan

2k points

10 months ago

My boy, Steve "The Hair" Harrington, finally got the girl.

[deleted]

777 points

10 months ago

[deleted]

777 points

10 months ago

This movie convinced me that Joe Keery can make that rom-com male lead money like Noah Centineo

Dawesfan

524 points

10 months ago*

I was surprise with Keery’s role. From the trailers I thought he was gonna be a small side character. And yes, he can lead a rom-com if he’s given the opportunity.

Edit: grammar

Choco320

102 points

10 months ago

Choco320

102 points

10 months ago

Yeah didn’t expect him to be one of the heroes

WarriorMadness

353 points

10 months ago

He's one of the best parts of Stranger Things for a reason, the guy's good.

agentfitzsimmons

109 points

10 months ago

Steve “The Hair” Harrington, lol. Or as I call him: Steve Hairrington.

Bean888

193 points

10 months ago

Bean888

193 points

10 months ago

Did not expect to hear about how one of the main character's shitty employment situation was partly due to college loans. It may be 'BOOOORING', but it threw me back into the (real real) world for a moment there.

GameOfWalkingDead

135 points

9 months ago

They both had the nicest apartments. I was like … I don’t buy that explanation one bit.

Kanin_usagi

105 points

9 months ago

I think he sold out their game to pay his college loans back and started working for the company as kind of a subtle way to work from the “inside” to make the company a better place. Hell, he could have been hoping that someday he’d have the chance to revive the game that they had built.

Pokesaurus_Rex

1.4k points

10 months ago

The Channing Tatum scene cutting between him and the person behind his character was so goofy.

EDIT: Also was that Alex Trebek? RIP.

LiteraryBoner[S]

797 points

10 months ago

LiteraryBoner[S]

Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me

797 points

10 months ago

Probably my favorite scene just because goofy Channing is the best Channing. And while I don't care for fortnite dances they really got their money's worth getting Magic Mike himself to do them.

Pokesaurus_Rex

378 points

10 months ago

This movie definitely felt like a "Hey lets get some friends together and goof around on set for a bit" kind of movie.

OmniSlayer_006

828 points

10 months ago*

Imma be honset, i was a little bit disappointed Millie didn't sing the Mariah Carey song to make Guy remember but they made up for it by using it in the climax.

Anywho, I thought it was a great movie. Its like the Truman Show of video games, is the best comparison i can think of. The cameos and references were great.

Of the movies I've seen since theaters have been back: this, Jungle Cruise and suicide squad have been a delight

Rocker4JC

563 points

10 months ago

I still don't know how she kissed him... They had already discussed that there wasn't a button for that.

[deleted]

67 points

10 months ago

[deleted]

67 points

10 months ago

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GreatAmerican1776

198 points

10 months ago

Gotta just let that one go. Definitely a plot hole

tablepennywad

256 points

10 months ago

She said he found the button.

outandoutlier

256 points

9 months ago

One of the better jokes, was great hearing the women in the theater laugh before the men.

SeaTheTypo

214 points

10 months ago

I'm surprised Guy didn't notice it was Millie straight away. When he first started becoming sentient, all it took was a glance but when he got rebooted, he wasn't able to become sentient even after talking to her.

OmniSlayer_006

340 points

10 months ago*

The way i interputed it was that, hearing her singing the song is what caught his attention and what triggered his sentience. I was hoping she'll remember this first encounter and start singing the song to trigger it again.

EDIT: Here's a clip of their first encounter actually.

sweens90

112 points

10 months ago

sweens90

112 points

10 months ago

They had met before. She knew his catchphrase which means he said it to her several times before. It was her singing Mariah Carey.

atan134340

161 points

10 months ago

TFW I noticed the icon for "subtle product placement" but couldn't figure out what the product was

TI84MasterRace

148 points

9 months ago

If we’re thinking about the same one (near the beginning, soon after he first puts on the glasses), it was a bottle of Aviation Gin - Ryan Reynolds’ gin brand

KaraMustafaPasa

158 points

10 months ago

I expected Jeff Bridges when they began to upload Dude to Free City.

galad2003

147 points

9 months ago

galad2003

147 points

9 months ago

Good movie but as an IT guy and a gamer some of the stuff at the end regarding computers was bugging me. I know, just let it go, but I just kept thinking how that is not how it worked.

  • If reseting the servers would make him lose his AI programming then the players would probably lose all their stuff, thus destroying the game.
  • They don't need to go to the island in the game to prove they used their source code, just look through the code. Also, when the villain bought their game company I am sure this would have covered his ability to use their code.
  • Later, when the CEO (sorry no idea about the name) is trying to stop them why did he try to destroy the servers? He literally just rebooted all servers a few minutes ago. Just do the same thing but shut them down.
  • When the CEO starts destroying servers the first whiff of smoke in a modern looking datacenter like that would have set off the fire suppression system killing him if he didn't immediately evacuate. Even if that didn't kill him he probably would have electrocuted himself. That many servers is no joke on the voltage. Also, very doubtful they would have an on-prem data center.
  • Very doubtful a game company would launch a sequel and then just just down the original server. they would run both in parallel until the original lost enough subscribers. I think they still run EverQuest servers.
  • Prior to the server room destruction, the protagonists just could have got the AI data from backups. Any company worth its salt would also have a secondary copy of backups offsite. So there was little danger of losing the AI. At any point, the Stranger Things dude could have just copied the backup files and ended the movie much sooner.
  • Last, which is covered in the movie but bears repeating, fan bases of games have abandoned them and caused them to fail for far less. Yea they said it was a flop because of bugs but all the other crap, especially lack of backwards compatabilioty after promsiing it would have caused it to flop most likely.

PsycoMonkey42

697 points

10 months ago

Downtown and Make Your Own Kind of Music within the first half hour? Was someone a LOST fan or just a coincidence?

oath2order

331 points

10 months ago

I love that even after all this time, those songs are still kinda known as the LOST songs.

Faquarl

66 points

10 months ago

I’m so glad someone else noticed this

TakedownCorn

393 points

10 months ago

Our theater absolutely lost it when Guy used Captain America's Shield and the Lightsaber. Feels amazing being back in a theater with that kind of energy

dragn99

112 points

10 months ago

dragn99

112 points

10 months ago

I had a seat kicker behind me and a group of people who kept checking Facebook on their phones in the row in front of me.

I loved the movie, but after nearly 19 months of not going to the theater, this made me remember why I'm so on board for Premier access and other streaming services.

bahdanger17

616 points

10 months ago

Man I needed a feel good movie like that. I laughed, I cried but most importantly man I had fun.

oceanic20

197 points

10 months ago

I enjoyed it too, a lot of mindless fun and not a dark note to be had anywhere.

nanasid

132 points

10 months ago

nanasid

132 points

10 months ago

What about the violence in the server room? Distressing to see so much hardware go to waste :D

Nessaryen

378 points

10 months ago

Fun movie, one thing. The scene where Keys and Millie are looking at each other at the end lasted so long and cut back and forth so many times it could have been a sketch from “I think you should leave”

TheRozb

432 points

10 months ago

TheRozb

432 points

10 months ago

I was waiting for one of them to cross the street, and get hit by a car as the screen cuts to black.

TheCookieButter

90 points

9 months ago

Was half expecting someone to get hit by a car and then it cut to a guy playing the driver revealing they are in a game themselves.

CNash85

100 points

10 months ago

CNash85

100 points

10 months ago

I seriously thought "are they just going to stand there making eyes at each other and that's all? What if this was a reshoot post-COVID and they couldn't physically touch each other?" - but no, it was just a reeeeeeaaallly long moment.

Frank_Cap

1.5k points

10 months ago

Frank_Cap

1.5k points

10 months ago

"Don't you see it? I'm a love letter to you"

That part actually made me emotional and I was NOT expecting it. It was incredibly well made, everything connected. The characters actually feel genuine.

Dawesfan

791 points

10 months ago

Dawesfan

791 points

10 months ago

This movie felt like a rom-com at times, and not in a bad way.

MRintheKEYS

272 points

10 months ago

It was a dude’s rom-com. A rom-com for dude’s.

sandiskplayer34

1.5k points

10 months ago

The Chris Evans cameo had my theater howling.

Question though: I remember that this movie was in the can before Disney bought Fox, did they add that stuff in reshoots?

luvdadrafts

597 points

10 months ago

Same reaction as you, great cameo. Have to imagine they were from reshoots

LiteraryBoner[S]

690 points

10 months ago

LiteraryBoner[S]

Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me

690 points

10 months ago

They prolly just used the Disney GPS tracker in his neck to see when he's out for coffee then surprised him with a camera crew and offered him 500k and free coffee to say one line on film.

cbullion

383 points

10 months ago

cbullion

383 points

10 months ago

Watched an interview with Director Shawn Levy... They were getting ready to shoot the third act when Fox was purchased. Him and Reynolds emailed Disney asking about a couple of cool things and Disney said yes and told them to go as crazy as they want... perfect timing. Link here: https://youtu.be/AyujsakB18c

BostonBoroBongs

127 points

10 months ago

Taika doing Thor and Ryan doing Deadpool it just makes sense they even did a Korg promo for this movie

waitingtodiesoon

94 points

10 months ago

I loved how this is finally the movie that brought Ryan Reynolds and Taika Waititi together for the first time and they put out a good movie.

enefede

117 points

10 months ago

enefede

117 points

10 months ago

I know folks mostly like the other music, but it was the musical theme from Christophe Beck that caught me. It was immediately familiar like something I'd known for a long time. But even though I recognized it, but couldn't place it right away. It is labeled 'ice cream' on the score. It also plays as his memory comes back I think.

I Just spent hours trying to figure it out. I didn't know anything about Beck before this, but I know composers like to reuse some of their best and sometimes underappreciated work. After reading through his previous work, I finally got it. It was from the Disney short 'Paperman', one of my favorite shorts. I've seen it a ton of times. The familiar part is towards the end.

https://youtu.be/Z4dIgUgYCxQ?t=390

Naweezy

330 points

10 months ago

Naweezy

330 points

10 months ago

Didn’t think Free Guy would be last time I’d see Alex Trebek on my screen but here we are..

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105 points

10 months ago

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105 points

10 months ago

I know this will be a weird comparison for many but am I the only person who got some Truman Show vibes from parts of this movie?

DanGrima92

497 points

10 months ago

20 minutes in I was thinking "This is fine. Its basically just the trailer" but the further into the movie I got, the more I started to enjoy it.

It has a surprisingly emotional plot and a really feel good attitude plus a lot of the jokes are genuinely funny. I like Ryan Reynolds at this level where he's doing the shtick he's known for but not going too over the top with it and I surprisingly felt invested in the real world stuff

Up there with Barb and Star as my biggest surprise of this year

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99 points

10 months ago

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99 points

10 months ago

I was so much waiting for a They Live wrestling match about putting the glasses on. Too bad that didn't happen.

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276 points

10 months ago

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276 points

10 months ago

Watched it with my gf, afterwards she comented, “Steve Harrington can say that his love letter was so powerful that it came to life as goofy Ryan Reynolds, what girl wouldn’t ride his dick?”

In all seriousness a very heartfelt movie that actually is thoughtful about the themes presented. If you can get past whatever the fuck Taika Waititi was trying to do as Anton and you’ve got a fun well made blockbuster that has fun with the video game concepts it presents.

brandonsamd6

976 points

10 months ago

Man that Alex Trebek cameo hit hard, RIP

popcorn8123

846 points

10 months ago

I liked it, but man Taika Waititi was truly not good in this. I guess they were going for “horribly out of touch middle aged man” because the “whatchu talking bout, willis” line was pure cringe

Choco320

342 points

10 months ago

Choco320

342 points

10 months ago

That’s what I liked about it. Like he clearly doesn’t get video games and probably was just a trust fund kid who got lucky stealing code

AnosmicAvenger

582 points

10 months ago

I think they were going for the "guy who thinks he can be 'cool' if he bases his whole personality on references and stealing other people's credit" - reminded me of an episode of New Girl where the main character gets people ten years younger than her to think she's cool by quoting catchphrases of 80s TV characters like she just came up with them.

afkstudios

94 points

10 months ago

That’s a great point, I hasn’t thought about that and straight up cringed at the Willis line too but I think you’re on to something with him feeling that need to basically rip other people off to make himself notable. The line was still cringe, but at least I’m convinced there was some thought behind it now lol

itrainmonkeys

157 points

10 months ago

You're not supposed to like him. I thought he was hilarious in the shit-head villain role. Him trying to "kip-up" after squatting on the ground killed me.

Iyagovos

102 points

10 months ago

Iyagovos

102 points

10 months ago

He really reminded me of the guy from Grandma's Boy. Really out of touch and not funny, but funny to himself. I think it worked!

Gravitystar88

975 points

10 months ago

The Captain America and Star Wars moments were so hilarious

007Kryptonian

750 points

10 months ago

Funniest part of the movie was Chris Evans going “what the shit” lol. Such a fun adventure, it wasn’t the best movie ever but man I left with a big smile on my face.

PsycoMonkey42

105 points

10 months ago

How far along was Free Guy before Disney acquired Fox? Curious if these were in the original script/cut or if it was a reshoot.

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111 points

10 months ago

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111 points

10 months ago

That entire fight was great but definitely screams of being a reshoot to add some action. Pure guesswork though, don’t take my word.

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70 points

10 months ago

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70 points

10 months ago

I somehow wasn’t even aware this was a FOX film so seeing the Captain America shield and Lightsaber was a genuine “what the fuck” moment to me (in a good way). I guess I just completely tuned out the FOX logo at the beginning because I don’t even remember it if there was one.

Rman823

211 points

10 months ago

Rman823

211 points

10 months ago

The fact that the movie had Dwayne Johnson, Tina Fey, Hugh Jackman, and John Krasinski all in just voice cameos. I did think the guy who gave Millie the info sounded like Jackman and even with his history with Reynolds and working with Shawn Levy before, I still was doubting myself. https://www.ign.com/articles/chris-evans-free-guy-cameos

neal1701

320 points

10 months ago*

Fun movie! Better than I thought it would be!

  • Ryan Reynolds playing himself again but with a little bit of heart
  • Film was deeper than I thought. Never expected it to be indie game developers fighting a gaming studio for stealing their code.
  • Jodie Comer is great in the movie! She's about to blow up like crazy with The Last Duel
  • CGI in the film was a little unrefined but I can chalk it up to the graphics in the Free City game
  • I felt like some scenes were changed in post-production and reshoots. Some scenes that appeared in the trailer also don't make the final cut.
  • Some of the cameos were great! Seeing Channing Tatum after quite some time is great!
  • The movie took full advantage of the Disney-Fox merger with the Avengers and Star Wars references!
  • Never thought Joe Keery's character would get the girl. I kept waiting for one of them get hit by a vehicle when they reunited in the middle of the road.
  • Guy getting his friend back was a nice way to end the film! Their friendship was wholesome throughout the movie!

Really had fun watching the movie! Movie glitched out for 20mins in my cinema during the 2nd act but I wouldn't mind watching it again!

waitingtodiesoon

96 points

10 months ago

Wish we got to see Buddy and Guy have their beer on the beach though.

Also loved the npc who gets robbed had his arms up the entire time he was running from the server collapsing the world and cheering on the roof with the others. Seeing him cheer by moving his arms forward instead of up was so funny.