Is Free Guy OK to Watch with Kids?

"Don't have a good day, have a GREAT day!" - Guy


Free Guy - Image from 20th Century Studios


Free Guy starring Ryan Reynolds is now available on digital, but before you start a family movie night, is Free Guy OK to watch with your kids?

Rated PG-13, Free Guy is the story of an ordinary guy who decides that he is going to shake up his hum-drum life and become the hero of his own story.  One day, this bank teller decides next to take the latest Free City bank heist lying down.  After fighting the robber, Guy, takes his glasses and suddenly realizes that he is inside a video game.  With his new glasses, Guy now can see and access a whole new world of "power-ups" and finds himself on the adventure of his life - fighting for survival and finding the love he has always sought.  


"Life doesn't have to be something that just happens to us." -  Guy


Free Guy is a classic Ryan Reynolds film in my opinion.  His character is lovable, charming, and naive all wrapped in to one.  But the video game world he is navigating is full of violence and challenges his good hearted nature.  It's this video game reality that leads us to answer the question of whether or not Free Guy is OK to watch with your kids.  


Free Guy - Image from 20th Century Studios


Free Guy is chock full of video game violence - from the first few minutes just about all the way through.  Guns, explosions, high speed chases, death. . .it's all here.  While granted it's all video game type violence, there is a lot of it.  While I've been comfortable with my kids watching some Marvel movies, I would say this is a more violent than those.  Then there is language.  If you know me, language is one of my pet peeves in movies because 9 times out of 10 it doesn't NEED to be there in order to add anything.  There is a good bit of language including the use of the f-bomb a few times.  

Overall, I really enjoyed Free Guy and I typically don't like these types of movies.  The final half hour of the movie has some great references to other Disney-owned franchises and some of the best scenes in the whole movie!  It has a mix of violence and language, but with a surprising amount of heart. . .and who doesn't adore Ryan Reynolds??  But, I don't know that I think this is a great choice for families.  Take the PG-13 rating seriously and leave this one for the older kids.  

Free Guy is now available on digital and comes to DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K-Ultra on October 12th.

About Free Guy (From 20th Century Studios)

A bank teller (Ryan Reynolds) who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game decides to become the hero of his own story – one he rewrites himself. Now, in a world where there are no limits, he is determined to be the guy who saves his world his way… before it’s too late.

 

20th Century Studios’ Free Guy Bonus Features*

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Guy and Buddy Hit the Beach
    • Hot Nuts Gets Blown
    • NPC Rally (Extended)
  • Gag Reel
  • Dude vs Guy – Join Ryan Reynolds, director Shawn Levy and the creative and stunt teams as they reveal the innovative process of creating Free Guy’s ultimate showdown between Guy and the wildly amped-up, spray-tanned, frosted-tipped version of himself known as Dude.
  • Creating Molotovgirl – Jodie Comer transforms from a brilliant programmer to her fierce avatar in Free Guy. Watch as the award-winning action star and filmmakers deconstruct the conceptualization, evolution and execution of bringing Molotovgirl to life.
  • It’s Taika’s World – Free Guy’s outrageous action may exist in a virtual world, but Taika Waititi makes the real world just as crazy with the over-the-top Antwan. See him at work in this entertaining showcase of a genuinely talented and hilarious performer.
  • Welcome to Free City – Delve into the reality-skewing universe that is Free City, as revealed by director Shawn Levy, the cast, and its inventive creative teams. Find out how they transformed a real metropolis into a virtual playground where anything is possible