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Parents' Guide to

Free Guy

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Likable video game comedy has guns, explosive action.

Movie PG-13 2021 115 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 64 parent reviews

age 18+

Inappropriate

Sadly, I’m used to movies having language which have sexual innuendo but this movie takes it over the top. What most concerned me was the scene where the somewhat nerdy gaming character who meets “Guy.” During these scenes the character talks about T-bagging other characters and the conversation in which the gaming character is talking to his mother in background. In this scene there is reference to a “special sock” and that if his mother touches it she will need therapy. These are the things that stick out to me but there may be more that I’m not recalling at the moment. I do not advise watching this movie.
age 13+

Sexual innuendos all over

This movie is filled with pointless foul language and tons of sexual innuendos…. Two mentions about losing virginity, “I’d tea bag them”, “banana cream sandwich”, and much more- most of the references kids won’t understand are sexual, but I don’t want my kids repeating it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (64 ):
Kids say (174 ):

A tad formulaic and not quite as edgy as it might have been, Shawn Levy's video game comedy still gets by on an unwavering cheerfulness, unvarnished likability, and a steady stream of solid giggles. Reynolds is the real selling point of Free Guy. He avoids a repeat of his snarky, look-at-me Deadpool humor and nails a new kind of sweet naivete that's not unlike that of Will Ferrell in Elf or Jim Carrey in The Truman Show. Comer is also quite wonderful: Molotov Girl/Millie is a fully fleshed-out female co-lead rather than simply a romantic sidekick. They make a fantastic pair.

The movie's visual effects and production design effectively capture the specific feel of a Grand Theft Auto-like video game (albeit PG-13 rated), which is something most movies have so far failed to achieve. But bits and pieces do feel borrowed from many, many other movies. And Levy's careful, streamlined flow prevents Free Guy from ever becoming hugely outrageous, zany, or gut-bustingly funny. Perhaps all that wasn't necessary, however, to maintain the movie's sweetness. And -- similar to Ted Lasso's -- the movie's overall messages of kindness, nonviolence, and free choice are always refreshing.

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