How to watch The Rental movie online: Release date, reviews and more

How to watch The Rental movie online
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The Rental release date, cast

Release date: Friday, July 24
Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss.
Director: Dave Franco
1h 28 min
Age rating: R
Rotten Tomatoes: 72%

Sad you can't travel this summer? Watch The Rental movie online and you'll probably feel lucky to stay at home. The horror film is available on demand right now, after premiering Friday, July 24. 

The Rental is actor Dave Franco's directorial debut, and stars his wife Alison Brie, Dan Stevens (Legion, Downton Abbey) and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless). Franco also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Swanberg (Easy). 

The story follows two couples on a weekend getaway that turns sinister. They rent an AirBNB-type house on the Oregon coast but soon suspect the owner of spying on them. And over the weekend, well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light. Maybe quarantining at home isn't so bad after all!

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch The Rental online right now.

How to watch The Rental with a VPN

If you're stuck abroad — away from countries where The Rental is available on video on demand — you will likely run into geo-fenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use But, with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch The Rental (and all the other services you already pay for) no matter where they are. 

Based on our testing, the best VPN is ExpressVPN, which is easy to use and delivers fast internet speeds, making it simple to set up for streaming in no time at all. It also works on practically any device, starting with iOS and Android and including streaming devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Apple TV. Plus, game consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 


Our favorite VPN service, ExpressVPN, is a top choice for those looking to watch The Rental. It's got a solid mix of safety, speed and ease-of-use. Plus, you get an extra 3 months free if you sign up for a year. If you've never used a VPN before and are curious and not sure, there's a 30-day money-back guarantee if you just want to give it a try.

How do I watch The Rental in the US?

The Rental is streaming now after being released on Friday, July 24 as a video on demand rental via major digital marketplaces. .

It will also play in some drive-in movie theaters around the U.S.

The Rental on Amazon Prime Video

The easiest option for anyone with a Fire TV stick or set is to get The Rental on Amazon Prime Video. You'll still need to pay, it's not included with Prime, as the rental costs $5.99

The Rental onApple iTunes/Apple TV

You can rent The Rental on Apple iTunes/Apple TV for $6.99. If you're gonna stream on the Apple TV, you'll get a slightly better experience here.

The Rental cast

The Rental cast is fairly small, since the movie is almost like a bottle episode, featuring mostly two couples. Here's the cast list:

  • Alison Brie as Michelle, Charlie's wife
  • Dan Stevens as Charlie, Michelle's husband and Josh's brother
  • Jeremy Allen White as Josh, Mina's boyfriend and Charlie's brother
  • Sheila Vand as Mina, Josh's girlfriend
  • Toby Huss as Taylor

The Rental reviews

Dave Franco's movie is getting mixed reviews. Some critics are calling it an effective thriller, while others are disappointed that it's not sufficiently scary. Here's a roundup of The Rental reviews:

Rolling Stone: "Over 88 vise-tightening minutes, The Rental never lets up on your nerves. But it’s the human betrayals that cast the longer shadows, the ones that keep you up nights."

New York Times: "... one of the most dissatisfying, anticlimactic endings in genre memory."

Entertainment Weekly: "... a neat, nasty little thriller with a brutally effective final third."

AV Club: "This setup is so credible, in fact, that it’s doubly disappointing when the thriller elements do finally materialize and then promptly fail to thrill; it’s as if someone snatched the remote and changed the channel to a half-assed slasher starring the same characters."

Associated Press: "If such horror films can be split into three parts — dreamy setup, scary stuff happens, all-hell-breaks loose ending — what makes The Rental a more satisfying experience is that the ending actually IS scary and suspenseful, even surprising."

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.