Deadpool likely introduced meta humor to many younger filmgoers, but a number of movies have done it even better than the wisecracking Marvel character. Whether self-aware, self-parodical, or self-referential, these meta movies bring the audience in on the jokes about the movie and the filmmaking process itself. Most films try and make the audience forget that what they're watching is fictional, but these movies embrace and exploit the medium, overtly manipulating it so the audience is aware. Meta movies intentionally expose the inner workings of the film form, often with hilarious and clever results.
Many of these movies openly acknowledge their own cinematic tropes, often using the fictional nature of the medium to take apart the genre or cinematic/storytelling conventions. Other times they exploit the audience’s awareness of the filmmaking and film viewing process. They may even break the fourth wall and speak to the audience directly. Rather than forgetting we are in a movie theater, we're reminded of this fact by these films, which are often more amusing for doing so.
Which meta-movie moments do you think are better, funnier, or more ingenious than Deadpool? Vote up your favorites below!
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