The newly crowned R-Rated box office champion Deadpool is a super self-conscious meta flick that has more inside jokes than a high school locker room. The whole thing rolls to an end with credits that bust down the fourth wall like it’s been separating two Berlins.
Deadpool‘s style as he plugs a big reveal at the end (“I can tell you one thing, but it’s a bit of a secret…) is pure Matthew Broderick in the blow-off-school classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Bueller, btw, is a helluva lot darker than is generally remembered, as Broderick’s protagonist basically enslaves his insecure, depressive “friend” Cameron and puts him at constant risk so that Bueller himself can cavort with hot girlfriend, lie to everyone he meets, and basically operate without a conscience. Broderick’s Bueller may be lovably remembered, but he’s got a sociopath-like solipsism that looks ugly from the vantage of 2016. Deadpool’s robe is a Broderick nod. Are there deeper synergies between the two characters? Here’s Broderick saying “Go Home.”