Is ‘Free Guy’ on Netflix?


(Image credit: 20th Century Studios)

Free Guy, the Ryan Reynolds starring, video game-inspired movie, took critics and moviegoers by surprise this past summer with its heartfelt tone, sincerity and genuine humor. It was given an exclusive run in movie theaters at the time of its release, so many fans have been waiting for it to pop up on Netflix or any other streaming service.

So, where can you stream Free Guy?Is ‘Free Guy’ on Netflix? 

The short answer, no. The longer and slightly more complicated answer requires a quick reminder of some Hollywood business dealings.

In 2019, Disney acquired Fox, specifically the 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight movie studios. So, while Free Guy is technically a 20th Century Studios (the rebranded name) movie, its overall owner is Disney. This means that Free Guy is going to skip Netflix (at least at first) for a streaming play on Disney Plus and/or Hulu.

We have good news on that front though, Free Guy is now available to stream on Disney Plus at no additional cost to all subscribers.Can I stream ‘Free Guy’ anywhere?

Free Guy is now streaming exclusively on Disney Plus, at least initially. At one point or another the movie may finds it way to Hulu (which is also owned by Disney) or maybe another streaming service not owned by the Mouse House (depends on complicated licensing deals we won’t try to explain here), but the simplest way to stream Free Guy for the foreseeable future is to be a Disney Plus subscriber.

However, Disney Plus is not the only way to watch Free Guy on digital. Right now the movie is available to buy or rent on digital platforms including YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV (via iTunes) or Prime Video.Will ‘Free Guy’ get a physical release?

Consumers can also get Free Guy on 4K, Blu-ray or DVD right now! In addition to the full movie, the Free Guy DVD features a bunch of bonus content. Here’s a full rundown of what is on the Free Guy DVD:

  • Deleted and extended scenes, including Guy and Buddy hit the beach, Hot Nuts gets blown and NPC rally (extended)
  • Gag reel
  • Dude vs Guy – Ryan Reynolds director Shawn Levy and the creative stunt teams reveal how they brought the climatic fight sequence between Dude and Guy to life
  • Creating Molotovgirl – Breaking down how Jodie Comer’s character was created, from conceptualization to execution
  • It’s Taika’s World – A showcase of Taika Waititi’s performance as video game creatore Antwan
  • Welcome to Free City – Find out how the film crew transformed a real city into the movie’s virtual playground Free City. 

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael’s favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.


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