3.75 out of 5


  • Good acting
  • Fun premise
  • Silly comedy


  • Confusing plot
  • Slow story development
  • Late credit addition

Universal Studios
David Leitch
Action, Comedy, Drama
Theatrical Release Date (NA)
May 3, 2024
Film Length
2hr 6min
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The Fall Guy is a movie very loosely based on the ‘80s TV series that starred Lee Majors. Produced by Universal Pictures and directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2), the story follows a relationship between power stuntman Colt Seavers, played by Ryan Gosling (Barbie, The Grey Man) and camera operator Jody Moreno, played by Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, A Quiet Place) as they meet, fall in love, lose contact and find each other once again while working on another movie a year or so later. These two stars really are fun to watch and play off each other very well. Opportunity abounds for the light, silly style of comedy here and they do take full advantage of it. 

What’s Love Got To Do With It

The Fall Guy - Screenshot

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Colt Seavers is the go-to stunt man for a big movie star for the past several years and is enjoying the success of a career he loves. Colt meets camera operator Jody on set and instantly they feel a connection. The banter between them is fully entertaining with a good dose of comedic charm, which actually holds this movie together. As Colt is preparing for a dangerous stunt, the movie star he works with decides to sabotage the safety gear, and Colt gets severely injured. In the year it takes to heal, Colt does odd jobs and such. Getting quite bored, he finally gets a call from his agent for a job on a new movie. When Colt learns the director is his love, Jody, he takes the job immediately, hoping to repair the relationship while on set. Jody, of course, is a bit mad she hasn’t heard from Colt in a year, so she resists for a while. This sets up the playful banter between them while something else more sinister is being done to Colt.

It is Hollywood, After All

The Fall Guy - Screenshot

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While having a big hotel room party, the big movie star ends up getting killed by accident, and a phone video captures the whole thing. So, the agent decides to use Hollywood magic to put Colt’s face on the killer and frame him for murder. Now, it is up to Colt to find and destroy this video before it can be used to put him away. This point of the story takes quite a while to get to, and it’s still a bit confusing as to which characters are involved and, more importantly, why. In any event, Colt is now shooting movie scenes and chasing the phone video at the same time throughout the studio location for close to the last thirty minutes of the movie. Lots of action and stunts in this segment make it fun to watch with quite the twist at the end naturally. 

A Little Give And Take

Overall, not expecting too much from The Fall Guy would be a good tack. It’s rather slow throughout and the plot jumping around is a bit confusing. Also, there really is not much in common with the original TV series other than the name. However, should you make it to virtually the last of the end credits, there is a cameo of the original Fall Guy…..yes, Lee Majors!

An early screening provided for this review. The Fall Guy hits theaters on May 3, 2024. Tickets available for purchasing.

The Fall Guy - Official Trailer 2

About David Murray - Contributor

If he's not rocking it out with his instruments, he's rooting for the Detroit Lions. David enjoys classic films from the original 1938 Christmas Carol to some of today's films.

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