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“Free Guy” Early Reactions Call Ryan Reynolds Action-Comedy Surprise of the Summer

It shouldn’t come as that big a surprise that director Shawn Levy’s action-comedy Free Guy starring reliably hilarious leading man Ryan Reynolds is getting some very positive early reactions. Still, it’s not like the film was on most people’s radars as the potential surprise comedy hit of the summer, but that’s precisely how Levy and Reynolds’ film is being described. With a talented supporting cast and a go-for-broke style, Free Guy sounds like the kind of late summer delight we could all use. Even Deadpool himself might agree.

Free Guy stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who has gone about his life utterly unaware of his actual position in his world—but that’s about to change. Guy finds out he’s actually an NPC (nonplayer character) in a massive open-world video game, somebody who’s expected, who’s designed to go through the motions while another character gets all the best lines and big adventures. Guy decides he’s done being a mere background character for somebody else’s story, and thus the mayhem of Free Guy is unleashed.

Levy directs from a script from Matt Lieberman and Zak Penn, and the supporting cast is fantastic. One of the people getting a lot of early praise is Killing Eve‘s Jodie Comer, and we already know that Lil Rey Howery steals just about every scene in every movie he’s in and will likely do so here. Stranger Things Joe Keery is also getting shout-outs. As an added bonus, Free Guy features Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi in a meaty role.

Let’s have a peek around to see what those early reactions are saying:

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Featured image: Ryan Reynolds is Guy in “Free Guy.” Courtesy Century Studios.

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