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Free Guy (PG)

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi

Directed by Shawn Levy

​​​​​​​Ryan Reynolds plays Guy, a non-player character in a Grand Theft Auto-esque open world shooter called Free City. But here’s the thing: he doesn’t know that. And when he does, he suffers an existential meltdown. With help from Molotovgirl, a gun-totting avatar of a programmer (Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer), Guy embarks on a journey of self-discovery. If Ralph Breaks the Internet and The Truman Show had a baby, Shawn Levy’s meta-movie would be that bouncing bundle of joy. A hyperactive eye-candy coasting on Reynolds’ irresistible goofball charm (better used here than in the obnoxious The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard), Free Guy is many things roll into one — a meditation on free will, a gaming-culture satire, a workplace rom-com, and a Henley shirt commercial. (3.5/5 stars)

Photo: 20th Century Studios

 

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