Ryan Reynolds … there’s just something about him that makes even straight men fall in love with him. Reynolds has easily become one of the most recognizable actors in the industry working today and is beloved for his quick wit and charming personality both on and off the screen. Currently, many fans of Reynolds’ are patiently awaiting additional information about Deadpool 3 or word of an official release date for his upcoming film alongside Will Ferrell, Spirited. If you, like many others, find yourself wanting to watch more films that Reynolds has had a hand in to pass the time, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites that you can find across various streaming services right now with a subscription.
The Adam Project – Netflix
In The Adam Project, Reynolds stars as Adam Reed, a time-traveling pilot who teams up with his younger self and his late father to come to terms with his past while saving the future. Through working together, the Adams are able to come to terms with the loss of their father and begin to heal the wounds created by this loss … but first, they have to figure out how to like one another. The Adam Project is a nice change of pace for Reynolds, who displays his acting range multiple times throughout the film with necessary emotional deep-dives that prove the nay-sayers who believe he can only be funny wrong. This film will leave you feeling delightfully nostalgic, fulfilled, and emotionally touched as the Reynolds and Shawn Levy team-up results in a spectacularly fun, emotional, and uplifting movie once again. You can read our spoiler-free review for The Adam Project here.
Free Guy – Disney+
If The Adam Project isn’t enough to prove how stellar the Reynolds and Levy team-up is, luckily, you can find their other project on Disney+. Free Guy follows video game NPC bank teller, Guy, who develops free will due to his artificial intelligence programming after meeting the love of his life, Molotov Girl — who is actually a real-life person playing the game. Guy and Millie have to go against the clock as they are hunted by Antwan, who is attempting to destroy the city Guy and many other characters call home. Reynolds is not only hysterical in this specific role but charming and endearing in a way that makes it completely understandable why Millie would fall in love with a video game character. With Shawn Levy directing, the movie will, of course, leave you with a nice heartwarming feeling and positive outlook at the close, which makes the movie absolutely worth a watch in a world that is so hard to exist in currently.
Self/Less – Netflix
Strap in for kind of a weird one (we all know there are plenty in Reynolds’ past). Billionaire industrialist Damian Hale is on top of the world until he encounters an enemy that he can’t defeat: cancer. His only hope is a medical procedure called “shedding,” in which his consciousness is transferred to a healthy body. After the procedure, Damian, now called Edward (Reynolds), starts a new life in New Orleans, but he’s haunted by disturbing images. When he delves into Edward’s mysterious past, he learns that some people will kill to keep it secret. Self/Less does fall short of what it could have achieved as a thrilling action movie by delivering underdeveloped characters. However, it still manages to score some points for being engaging and creative.
Buried – HBOMax
Another thriller starring Reynolds, Buried follows a civilian truck driver in Iraq, Paul Conroy. Paul falls victim to a band of insurgents and, an unknown amount of time later, awakens in a coffin with a lighter, a cell phone, and a constant state of anxiety. Faced with a decreasing oxygen supply and a dying phone battery, Paul must fight panic insanity as he awaits rescue — that might not arrive in time. You’re probably wondering how a full-length feature film where the protagonist is primarily trapped in a coffin could possibly keep you interested or the slightest amount entertained, but you will truly be so caught up in the movie that the ending will absolutely take you off-guard. Reynolds is terrific in this film, and his compelling performance delivered in Buried continues to be one of my favorites of his career.
The Amittyville Horror – HBOMax
I don’t care what the general audience rating is on this movie; I will always stick by my enjoyment of this traditionally horrifying thriller remake. When George Lutz (Reynolds) and his wife, Kathy, decide to buy a new house in the small town of Amityville, N.Y., they think the place is too good to be true (uh, in this genre, if something seems “too good to be true,” it probably is!). There’s a reason for the reasonable price tag, though: the former owner murdered his family after supposedly being possessed by the devil. By the time they find this out, though, the couple has already moved in with their children, and George is already not quite himself. So, yikes. Reynolds still has his flawless moments of sarcasm throughout the movie, but what I honestly find to be the most impressive is the way he is able to successfully portray two separate personalities. Honestly, there are several moments throughout this movie where he will genuinely terrify you.
Red Notice – Netflix
Red Notice, an original action-comedy from Netflix, follows FBI profiler John Hartley as he responds to an Interpol-issued “red notice,” a global alert to hunt down the world’s most wanted. In a twist, the most-wanted art thief Nolan Booth (Reynolds), becomes Hartley’s partner as they attempt to catch an even more infamous criminal, Sarah Black. This film isn’t the masterpiece that its budget led audiences to expect, but it is just good old-fashioned dumb fun. It’s an odd-couple treasure hunt meets heist film full of several twists (and tropes). The script is funny in an intentionally over-the-top way that supports Reynold’s incredible comedic timing. This isn’t a movie that needs to be or wants to be taken seriously.