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Free Guy | 2021 | PG-13 | – 2.6.5

content-ratingsWhy is “Free Guy” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “strong fantasy violence throughout, language and crude/suggestive references.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and some suggestive references, many scenes of video game violence that do not include blood or gore, a few fight scenes that end with bloody wounds, several scenes that refer to numerous characters in games being killed, and at least 2 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A non-playing, background character known as Guy (Ryan Reynolds) in an open-world video game, suddenly becomes sentient and tries to improve the only world he knows. Not appreciating the first manifestation of artificial intelligence, the game company’s ruthless CEO (Taika Waititi) is determined to destroy the game, while the developers (Jodie Comer and Joe Keery) of the core code try to save Guy and his artificial world. Also with Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Aaron W Reed, Britne Oldford and Camille Kostek. Directed by Shawn Levy. [Running Time: 1:55]

Free Guy SEX/NUDITY 2

 – A man and woman kiss and hug. A man tells a woman that he wants to kiss her, and they kiss tenderly. A woman kisses a man and he holds her head with his hands.
 A man looks at a woman romantically in several scenes. A man and woman stand closely together, he moves toward her to kiss her and then pulls away. A man moves closer to another man and comments about something touching (presumably their crotch area). A man confesses his love for a woman and she acts surprised and interested. Two men hug in friendship.
 A woman straddles a man’s lap and asks him, “Is that a Glock in your pocket?” and he replies, “No, it’s two Glocks,” as she reaches into his pants to retrieve two guns and he moans briefly. A woman tells a man, “You’re so hot” and he says, “I know.” A man describes the flavor of a coffee as being “Like losing my virginity in my mouth.” A man describes his game character as being a “stripper” and we see him as a police officer with a thick mustache. A man says that an ice-cream cone tastes like his tongue had a baby with a sunrise. A young man yells at his mother saying, “Don’t touch that sock, it’s my favorite sock.” A woman tells a man, “You’re pretty cute when you brag.”
 A woman wears a low-cut tight-fitting dress that reveals cleavage and the outline of her breasts, hips and buttocks in several scenes. A shirtless man is shown and we see his bare chest, back and abdomen. A man touches another man’s large, muscular chest and plays with his pectorals until the other man punches him and knocks him to the ground (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

Free Guy VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A man crawls over a bank counter and toward a gunman that hits and kicks him several times (we see his broken nose and blood on his face and mouth); the man takes the gunman’s gun, shoots him and the gunman is thrown back against a wall with a gaping, glowing hole in his abdomen. A man punches another man in the face (we see a bruise) and kicks him; the man throws a motorcycle at the other man and knocks him down, he swings a glowing red arm at the other man that produces a shield to deflect the punch and sprouts a green arm of his own that he hits him with and then fights him with a lightsaber; they continue to fight and one man straddles the other on the ground and squeezes his chest (he gasps for air and we hear crunching). A woman steals a disk containing digital information and lights flash and sirens blare in the building as armed security guards enter and shoot at her; a man on a motorcycle speeds into the room and knocks down several people, and the two of them fight several other people with weapons and punches; one man’s arm is broken (we see it bend and hear a crunch), the man and the woman crash through a window on a motorcycle while the woman shoots at the remaining people in the area and they both jump onto a parasail and float away safely.
 A woman holds a gun to a man’s head in an alley and threatens him for information, which he produces; the woman turns to walk away and shoots the man in the chest (no wounds are seen). A man follows a woman along a street and when he crosses a train track, he is struck and swept away (we do not see the result). Two police officers draw guns on a man and threaten to kill him, and they shoot at him as he runs away; he hides in a building and they continue to shoot at him, glass shatters and drops shards all around, the man uses a jump power to propel himself high in the air (he hits a ceiling once and crashes into a column another time), and jumps and clings onto a cable that he uses to pull himself onto a rooftop; the officers create flights of stairs and ledges that they run up to follow the man, the man runs out on a long ledge and jumps toward a wrecking ball that he misses and slams onto a car on the street below but he is wrapped in a protective bubble so he bounces and is unharmed; he stands in a street and rejoices as he is struck by a car and thrown off-screen. A man in flames runs through the background of a scene and another man sprays him with a fire extinguisher; the man rejoices and is promptly shot by another man (we do not see wounds) that then “tea bags” him.
 Several gunmen enter a bank, shoot into the air and yell for people to get down; customers and employees lie on the floor and the gunmen walk through and one man hits another man in the face with his gun (this scene is repeated several times in gameplay); on one of the replayed scenes the gunmen shoot out glass at the teller stations and it shatters onto people on the floor. Men on a balcony shoot at a man and a woman; they fall through a glowing portal and are transported to a different place unharmed. A man fights with a gunman and he is shot in the face (we do not see wounds). A man beats up a couple of robbers (we do not see injuries). A man is blown up by a hand grenade (we do not see injuries). A woman holds a knife to a man’s face. A man fights with several gunmen; he flips and throws them, takes a gun from one gunman in a bank and tells him to leave. A man robs a jewelry store.
 A man is struck by a car and thrown into another car before slamming to the ground (no injuries are shown). A man holds a gun on another man. A woman holds a gun on a man and marches him out of a bank threatening him. A man and woman speed in a car as roads and buildings crumble around them, cars are thrown toward them, and they speed up a ramp and jump just as two buildings collapse toward them, landing on a rooftop.
 A man soars through the air, crashes into a force-field and slams onto the ground (no injuries are seen). A man soars through the sky while being shot at, lands in the front seat of a car (that we hear does not belong to him) with a woman in the passenger seat and speeds away through traffic while being chased by police cars that flip and crash; a motorcycle crashes into a car and other vehicles crash together, a helicopter flies overhead and shoots at the first car as the driver shoots a large gun and speeds away. A man steps on another man’s face. A woman kicks a man in the crotch. A flying vessel shoots toward the ground as it flies. A man runs through a street and punches another man in the face. A man is thrown through a storefront and another man runs out, presumably after robbing the man (no injuries are shown). A mechanized robot walks through a street in the background. Flames erupt in a street as a car speeds by. Several gunmen move through streets shooting as part of gameplay and we see some people falling (no blood is shown). A helicopter crashes through a building and bursts into flames. A tank moves through a street and points its gun at a man inside a coffee shop (it does not fire). A train speeds past a man and nearly hits him; he stumbles back away. A man puts on a pair of sunglasses, he sees video game-type control screens with bright colors, and he touches a health token that heals his wounds. A woman describes collecting points by carjacking someone or punching someone in the face. A man throws a stone and it hits a force-field, he puts his hand through the force-field and it glows and hums. Security escorts a man to another man’s office where the man yells at him and threatens him. A woman flickers briefly and disappears. A man runs along a long ridge and it crumbles behind him. A man swings a fire axe destroying computer equipment and we see sparks fly as we see roads and buildings crumble and people run and scream. A man touches another man’s large, muscular chest and plays with his pectorals until the other man punches him and knocks him to the ground (no wounds are shown).
 A woman talks about feeling pressure to always win. A man tells another man, “Shut your stupid bearded face.” People talk about characters being terminated forever. A man and a woman argue about their video game code being stolen by another man. A man asks a woman to leave his apartment. A woman tells a man, “Get out of my brain.” A man starts to tell an inappropriate joke and a woman interrupts him telling him not to ever repeat it. A person says, “I used to kill all the secondary characters.” We hear news reports about numerous killings.
 A man chews gum and spits it on the ground.

Free Guy LANGUAGE 5

 – About 2 F-words and its derivatives, 1 not fully enunciated derivative by a young girl, 3 obscene hand gestures, 5 sexual references, 16 scatological terms (one in German without translation), 10 anatomical terms, 19 mild obscenities, name-calling (pathetic, trapped, stuck, idiotic, dumb shooter, fool, punk, obnoxious, horrible, sloppy, too weird, weird funny, dumbest deal, terrible, boring, white privilege, clueless, lovelorn, half a brain, devil may care attitude, troll, Hitman’s Beach, do-gooder, loser, chick, disappointed, fake, non-toxic, confused, creepy, insane, idiot, feisty, tiger, stupid), exclamations (no way, jeez, let’s go, cool, whatever dude, it’s go time, get back to work, nonsense, wow, no), 4 religious profanities (GD), 21 religious exclamations (e.g. Holy, Good Lord, God, Oh God, Holy [scatological term deleted], There is no God, Holy [mild obscenity deleted], Oh my God, Jesus washed my tongue). | profanity glossary |

Free Guy SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.

Free Guy DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – NPCs (Non-Playable Characters), fantasy vs. reality, video game industry, gender roles, greed, secrets, gun violence, Artificial Intelligence.

Free Guy MESSAGE

 – Life doesn’t have to be just something that happens to us.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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