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‘King Richard’ stars Will Smith as the father of Venus and Serena Williams — you can stream the movie now with an ad-free HBO Max plan

"King Richard" is the latest movie to premiere in theaters and on HBO at the same time. You need ad-free HBO Max ($15/month) to watch at home. ...

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  • "King Richard" debuted in theaters and on HBO Max on November 19.
  • The movie stars Will Smith as the father of athletes Venus and Serena Williams.
  • To watch the movie at home, you need a $15 a month subscription to ad-free HBO Max.

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"King Richard" is now available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max with an ad-free subscription. The movie will remain part of the HBO Max catalog through December 19.

In "King Richard," Will Smith plays Richard Williams who is the father of tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. From the sisters' childhood in Compton to their rise through the ranks of the competitive tennis world, the film traces how Venus and Serena were guided by their father.

The movie is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green who also directed "Monsters and Men" (2018). Early reviews for "King Richard" are overwhelmingly positive, and it currently holds a "93% Fresh" rating on review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.

Where to watch 'King Richard' online

"King Richard" premiered on HBO Max and in theaters on November 19. An ad-free subscription to HBO Max is required to watch the movie at home. "King Richard" will be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days.

HBO Max's ad-free plan costs $15 a month, and it gives you access to an extensive library of TV shows, movies, and originals. The streaming service has an ad-supported tier for $10 a month, but this budget-friendly option does not allow you to stream in-theater movies like "King Richard."

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Those who choose to stream "King Richard" at home can still enjoy a high-quality viewing experience. "King Richard" is available to stream on supported devices in up to 4K Ultra HD with HDR and Dolby Atmos sound.

A free trial is not available directly from HBO Max, but Hulu subscribers can get a free, one-week trial of the HBO Max add-on if they are new to the streaming service.

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You can watch "King Richard" on your web browser or through the HBO Max app which is available on most tablets, smartphones, streaming devices, PlayStation consoles, Xbox consoles, and select smart TVs, like LG, Samsung, and Vizio. Visit the HBO Max website for a complete list of compatible devices.

What other movies can I watch on HBO Max?

After watching "King Richard" on HBO Max, subscribers can choose from a large library of movies that features many classic films and recent hits. The last movie in 2021 to receive a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max will be "The Matrix Resurrections" on December 22.

Viewers wanting to watch more sports movies on HBO Max might enjoy streaming "42," "Million Dollar Baby," and "Hoop Dreams." Some popular new and classic movies on HBO Max that are "Certified Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes include:

  • "A Hard Day's Night" (1964)
  • "Citizen Kane" (1941)
  • "The Dark Knight" (2008)
  • "GoodFellas" (1990)
  • "In the Heights" (2021)
  • "The Matrix" (1999)
  • "Promising Young Woman" (2020)
  • "Rocky" (1975)
  • "Spirited Away" (2001)
  • "Wonder Woman" (2017)
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