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Netflix Acquires ‘Smosh: The Movie’ Exclusive Streaming Rights

Netflix has picked up “Smosh: The Movie,” the teen-comedy flick headlined by YouTube stars Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, in a deal granting it exclusive subscription-streaming rights.

Netflix will debut “Smosh: The Movie” Sept. 22, two months after the film was released on Apple’s iTunes and Vimeo starting at $9.99 per digital copy.

DreamWorks Animation’s AwesomenessTV and Defy Media, which co-produced the film, have declined to release sales figures. The day after “Smosh: The Movie” was released, it hit the No. 2 spot overall on iTunes’ movie ranking and the No. 1 position in comedy, and remained in the top 10 for at least another week. 20th Century Fox, which is handling distribution, released the pic on DVD Aug. 18 exclusively through Walmart.

For Netflix, the addition of “Smosh: The Movie” is part of its bid to stock up on teen/tween-focused fare. The company also has acquired streaming rights to GRB Entertainment’s teen comedy “Bad Night,” with YouTube stars Jenn McAllister (jennxpenn) and Lauren Luthringshausen, to debut Sept. 4 worldwide on the streaming service. In addition, Netflix ordered a new season of longrunning high-school drama series “Degrassi” after TeenNick declined to renew the show.

Hecox and Padilla, the two childhood friends who created Smosh, have more than 30 million followers across multiple YouTube channels, which are managed by Defy Media. “Smosh: The Movie” has been billed as a modern-day version of “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” In fact, it was directed by Alex Winter, who co-starred with Keanu Reeves in the 1989 time-travel comedy.

“Smosh: The Movie” revolves around an embarrassing video of Anthony that has surfaced online before his fifth high school reunion. The Smosh guys scramble to pull down the clip, teleporting into the pages of other YouTubers like Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig and Markiplier, before it ruins Anthony’s chances of reuniting with his teen crush, Anna.

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