At this year’s SXSW the cast stuck around for a Q&A. Check out our video of the event below, and read on for a quick summary of my impressions.

The Fall Guy is one of the most crowd-pleasing movies in the last few years. In the Q&A multiple people from the cast and crew noted that they were thinking about the audience the whole time when making it, and every decision was filtered through an audience-pleasing lens.

With some movies that could result in a cloying, flat film without a vision – something that tries to please everyone frequently pleases no one. The Fall Guy avoids this pitfall, largely due to the magnetism of the cast. They’re simply fun to watch. Even if the humor might not fully land for you, the whole thing has a certain golden retriever puppy energy to it where you can’t help but be charmed.

The action is mostly excellent, with practical stunts being highlighted due to the subject matter. The car roll referenced in the Q&A is incredible.

The film moves at such a brisk pace that even if something doesn’t work for you, it’s over and on to something else. I think people will react extremely positively to this, and can see it being one of the biggest success stories of 2024.

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