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Deadpool has broken records (biggest R-rated opening weekend, biggest opening for a first time director, biggest X-Men debut, et cetera), but I'm more concerned with how Deadpool broke the fourth wall.

Breaking the fourth wall is when a character speaks directly, either acknowledging or doing something, to the audience. Deadpool breaks the fourth wall countless times throughout the 1 hour & 48 minute film, leaving the comic book character's self awareness utterly f*cking hilarious.

In honor of this week's epic wall breaking, here are five other films that committed to breaking the fourth wall.

1. Annie Hall (1977)

Woody Allen is known for his self-conscious, disaster-laden characters which are constantly questioning their lives and choices. In Annie Hall, he breaks the fourth wall by directly asking the audience these questions. Alvy Singer is undoubtedly one of the funnier Woody Allen characters, garnering this film as a favorite of Woody Allen lovers.

2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

One of the most well-known on the list, Ferris Bueller's Day Off breaks the 4th wall on several occasions as Ferris (Matthew Broderick) invites the audience in on his excursions as he skips school, informing kids everywhere how to properly fool their parents.

3. Goodfellas (1990)

Martin Scorsese's crime drama about a young man who grows up in the mob and works vigorously to advance in rank is a masterpiece. At the end of the film, when Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) is testifying against the mob, his character gets up in the court room and addresses the audience.

4. High Fidelity (2000)

High Fidelity is the story of Rob Gordon (John Cusack), a record store owner, who is down on his luck when it comes to love. In an attempt to make sense of his failing love life, he takes a look back at his 5 greatest break-ups, speaking directly to the audience in awareness that they exist.

5. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

This comedic murder-mystery follows Harry (Robert Downey Jr.), a thief who accidentally lands an acting audition which propels him into a series of events in Los Angeles as he struggles to continue his lie. The end of the film has a fantastic moment with RDJ where he looks into the camera and sums up the film's ending.


Which "breaking the 4th wall" moment is your favorite?


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