The Machine: Here’s How You Can Watch the Latest Action Comedy Starring Mark Hamill and Bert Kreischer
The Machine is the latest action comedy movie directed by Peter Atencio and stars Mark Hamill and comedian Bert Kreischer, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. The movie is based on Kreischer’s 2016 stand-up comedy routine of the same name and follows the comedian and his father, played by Hamill, as they are kidnapped by those Kreischer wronged decades earlier during his booze-filled college trip to Russia.
However, the big question is – how can you watch The Machine?
As of now, the only way to watch The Machine is to head out to a movie theater when it releases on Friday, May 26. You can find a local showing on Fandango. Alternatively, you can wait for it to become available to rent or buy on digital platforms such as Amazon, Vudu, Apple, and YouTube, or become available to stream on Netflix.
Yes, The Machine will likely be available to stream on Netflix eventually. This is thanks to a deal inked between the streaming platform and its distributor Screen Gems’ parent company, Sony Pictures. The deal gives the streamer U.S. rights to all the company’s theatrical films starting in 2022.
While a streaming release date for The Machine has not yet been announced, we can make an estimate based on another recent Sony film. The Woman King was released in theaters on Sept. 16, 2022, before it came to Netflix on Feb. 16, 2023 – around five months after it debuted. If The Machine follows the same pattern, we could be watching it from the comfort of our homes by late October 2023.
However, a digital release date should arrive much sooner. The Storm Reid-led thriller Missing was released in theaters on Jan. 20 before becoming available to purchase or rent on March 7 – about 45 days after its debut. By that logic, The Machine should come to digital by mid-July 2023.
Finally, it’s worth noting that The Machine will not be available on HBO Max as it’s not a Warner Bros. movie. In the meantime, your only options are to head out to a movie theater or wait for it to become available to stream on Netflix.