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  • Trivia In X-Men (2000) , Wolverine says of the team's suits, "You actually go outside in these things?" to which Cyclops responds, "What would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" The live-action Wolverine would not appear in his signature yellow costume until this movie, 24 years after the release of the first X-Men movie. Director Shawn Levy said, "Like the rest of the world, I've waited two decades to see Wolverine in a whole movie with Deadpool, and I don't know if this is our last shot at Wolverine on screen, so I was going to make goddamned sure we get the old yellow and blue just once, and that we get it right."

Deadpool : [to Wolverine] Don't just stand there, you ape. Give me a hand up.

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Deadpool : Nope, I'm actually okay, thank you very much!

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Deadpool & Wolverine Synopsis: What Is the Movie’s Plot?

Deadpool 3 will show Logan and Wade Wilson going on a comedic yet violent journey. But not a lot is known about its plot. Here’s all we know about the synopsis, plot, and characters involved till now.

Deadpool 3 synopsis

The first official synopsis of Deadpool & Wolverine came from Marvel Japan, which states:

“That f**king irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?”

To add to this, the official copyright of the movie has given the following description:

“In Marvel Studios ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’, Wade Wilson is confronted by the TVA, which pulls him from a seemingly quiet life and results in Deadpool being unleashed.”

This description is almost exactly what the first teaser of Deadpool & Wolverine showcased. Wade Wilson was plucked out of his happy but quiet life. Following that, he escaped the clutches of the TVA and went on a multiversal journey, while also fighting the TVA minutemen.

Potential spoilers for Deadpool & Wolverine could follow.

The TVA is seemingly after Wade because his actions will change the history of the MCU. He will come across several other characters, with the main one being a Wolverine variant in his prime. Wade and Logan will likely be enemies at first, but eventually become allies.

There are multiple other Wade and Logan variants confirmed to appear in the film including Dogpool , Samurai Wade , Lady Deadpool , Patch Wolverine , and more.

On top of that, there are confirmed cameos including Jennifer Garner’s Elektra . Among the rumored ones are Channing Tatum’s Gambit and the original live-action X-Men cast involving Halle Berry, James Marsden, and Famke Jansen.

But how exactly Emma Corrin’s Cassandra Nova comes into play remains to be seen. She will likely be the main villain of the film. But little is known about her character arc.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Deadpool & Wolverine also stars Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Matthew Macfadyen, Aaron Stanford, Leslie Uggams, Shioli Kutsuna, Stefan Kapicic, and Karan Soni, with Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

The post Deadpool & Wolverine Synopsis: What Is the Movie’s Plot? appeared first on ComingSoon.net - Movie Trailers, TV & Streaming News, and More .

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(PaPaPa, B, LLL, VVV, Ho, SSS, NNN, AA, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview extolling lawlessness, murder and all other forms of debauchery; one X-Men character is proper and rebukes some foul language and when a female villains breasts are exposed, the hero Colossus turns away until she fixes her shirt; nearly 100 obscenities (including over 60+ utterances of the F-word), seven profanities and a multitude of vulgar references to male and female anatomy; very strong gratuitous violence with bad guys getting shot, stabbed, cut in half, decapitated, and killed in many other ways, Deadpool cuts off his own hand in one instance, scenes of torture, main character is stabbed in the head and all his hands and legs broken, with many instances of blood splatter and gore; very strong sexual content, a montage of the main character’s sexual hedonism with his girlfriend includes depicted fornication, oral sex, sodomy, and many other sexual references, characters make up tragic childhood stories of molestation played for jokes, implied self abuse; full female nudity in a scene taking place in a strip club with pole dancers and provocatively dressed waitresses, brief frontal male nudity, brief female nudity in sex scene, upper and rear male nudity; moderate drinking; no smoking or drugs; and, lying, deception, kidnapping and murder encouraged, and disrespect for the elderly and the blind.

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DEADPOOL is a comical action adventure set in the X-MEN franchise universe about Wade Wilson, a foul mouthed, murderous, ex-special forces soldier with super abilities who kills bad guys, but refuses to be labeled a superhero.

The movie begins with Deadpool taking on a group of bad guys on a freeway who are led by the villainous mutant Ajax. In true Deadpool fashion, Wade breaks the 4th wall and talks to the audience throughout, even making quips and jokes about the X-MEN franchise in which he is involved (some of the jokes regarding budgetary constraints from the studios are too similar to the THE MUPPETS remake, and not nearly as funny). Freezing the action, Deadpool tells the audience he wasn’t always a masked terror. In fact, this is a love story.

The movie jumps back a few years to when Wade was just a trashy mercenary. Falling in love with Vanessa, a prostitute he met at a bar, the equally perverse couple grows very fond of each other, but it’s discovered Wade has cancer throughout his body. A mysterious man approaches Wade and offers to let him be subject to experimental regenerative mutation that could potentially cure his cancer. Reluctant at first, Wade decides to spare Vanessa the grief of seeing him sick and leaves her to go through the experiments.

It turns out that the private company doing the experiments, led by a British mutant who goes by the name of Ajax, is actually trying to turn people into mutants with special abilities, so they can make them slaves to do their bidding. The process is a grueling, torturous experience, and Ajax, who takes special pleasure in torturing Wade, inadvertently scars Wade permanently into a hideous figure.

Eventually, Wade escapes Ajax’s prison with his new powers and abilities and dawns the masked identity of Deadpool to hide his scarred face. He’s now determined to capture Ajax so he can force him to fix his looks, so he can return to Vanessa and be accepted. Meanwhile. two X-MEN members, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, try to recruit Deadpool and get him to change his ways (but he never does).

The plot of DEADPOOL is mediocre at best. The only element of interest is the snarky attitude Wade exhibits and the breaking of the 4th wall. This becomes tiresome however and overused. Additionally, the jokes are unsurprisingly repetitive and hardly ever go beyond vulgar sexual references. The action has moments of excitement, but the contrived stakes regarding Wades appearance feel superficial.

The worst part about DEADPOOL is also the reason it got made; the gratuitous sex, violence and vulgarity. Ryan Reynolds fought hard and long to bring an edgy R-rated DEADPOOL to theaters, and he definitely succeeds at that. There’s nothing heroic about DEADPOOL, other than the fact that he saves his girlfriend, and that’s totally fine by him. DEADPOOL, the character and the movie, stands against all the values Marvel’s other movies celebrate, and it’s a shame.

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Fast, funny, and gleefully profane, the fourth-wall-busting Deadpool subverts superhero film formula with wildly entertaining -- and decidedly non-family-friendly -- results. Read critic reviews

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Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Rating: R (Language Throughout|Graphic Nudity|Sexual Content|Strong Violence)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Original Language: English

Director: Tim Miller

Producer: Simon Kinberg , Ryan Reynolds , Lauren Shuler Donner

Writer: Rhett Reese , Paul Wernick

Release Date (Theaters): Feb 12, 2016  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Apr 21, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $363.1M

Runtime: 1h 48m

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Production Co: Kinberg Genre, Donners' Company

Sound Mix: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, SDDS, Datasat

Aspect Ratio: Digital 2.39:1

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Paul Wernick

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One of the more unconventional and violent superhero movies also turns out to be one of the better ones. Ryan Reynold's brutally honest sense of humor and high-caliber energy keeps the film going without getting dull. Also unconventional is the villain, written with a surprising amount of thought. He saves Deadpool's life, yet also manages to ruin it by being incredibly sadistic. Fun and games aside, it is a rarity in which I find myself emotionally invested in action heroes, and Deadpool never reached those heights; it quickly escaped my thoughts and failed to be substantially memorable. Despite the quality of the dramatic elements, the style (celebrating everything in excess) is a very welcome and refreshing one and should be applied in superhero flicks more often.

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Shit! Can I say that.?..! Why the people don't make movies like this more often. The screenplay was like ...... what should we do next to empress the people after that awesome happy end in like eating pizza in the same time. ...... It rocks! The whole movie. I think I can't say anymore more detailed think about ut.

an EASY 4 and weirdly the best mutant movie since X-men 2.

Deadpool is a piece of Revolution for the R Rating,because of the action and comedy,that goes from beginning to end.

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Release date February 12, 2016

Deadpool is the alter ego of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a former Special Forces operative who gained special healing powers after being the subject of an unusual experiment. But this super hero only intends to use his super powers for his own mercenary motives.

Run Time: 108 minutes

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Why is Deadpool rated R? Deadpool is rated R by the MPAA for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.

Violence: - Frequent explicit violence, with realistic detail, blood and tissue damage. - Frequent portrayals of gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, with some blood. - Depictions of beating, shooting, impalement, decapitation, dismemberment and explosion. - Depictions of torture. - Frequent gory and grotesque images. - Some scenes may frighten children.

Sexual Content: - Frequent sexual references and innuendo.. - Nudity (breast, buttock, and male frontal) in a non-sexual context. - Breast nudity in sexual situation. - Simulated sexual activity. - Implied sexual activity. - Embracing and kissing. - Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity, with no nudity and some detail. - Crude and offensive scenes.

Language: Approximately 140 instances of coarse and/or sexual language, including: - Frequent use of the sexual expletive and variations, sometimes in a sexual context. - Frequent use of scatological slang. - Infrequent use of vulgar expressions and profanity. - Frequent slurs.

Alcohol / Drug Use: - Alcohol use. - Tobacco use. - References to drug use.

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News About "Deadpool"

From the Studio: Based upon Marvel Comics most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. Written by 20th Century Fox

Cast and Crew

Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ed Skrein, Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin.

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  • February 12, 2016
  • Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool; Morena Baccarin as Vanessa; T.J. Miller as Weasel; Ed Skrein as Ajax; Karan Soni as Dopinder; Stefan Kapicic as the voice of Colossus; Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead

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Movie Review

With great power comes great responsibility. That’s what Spider-Man taught us, anyway.

Unless, y’know, you don’t want all that responsibility. Because hey, you’ve got great power! Who’s going to make you be responsible if you don’t wanna?

It’s not like Wade Wilson ever asked to be a superhero. Back before he went through his (ahem) change , Wade was just a former special ops expert (read: he was dishonorably discharged) trying to make ends meet by threatening, beating and maiming people upon request. “I’m just a bad guy who gets paid to f— up worse guys,” he says, and it’s true.

But then Wade ran smack into two things that changed his life forever: Vanessa, whom he fell in love with, and cancer, which he didn’t. It was strangely ironic that one came so swiftly on the heels of the other. Had Wade never met Vanessa, maybe he wouldn’t have minded the terminal disease so much. I mean, it’s not like the guy was doing much with his life anyway. But now, when he has so much to live for, it seems like a terrible cosmic joke to suddenly be so close to death.

So Wade does what any guy who lives in the Marvel universe would do: He signs up with a shady organization that promises to conduct a bevy of super-secret procedures on him. If successful, Wade will be a new man—and perhaps in more ways than just being cancer-free. And if they’re not, well, he’ll be dead. But no deader than he’d be without ’em. What does Wade have to lose?

His soul, as it turns out. This shady organization isn’t just trying to avoid government red tape or hide some back taxes. It’s trying to create an army of evil super-soldiers in the hopes that they’ll … well, do all sorts of evil, super-soldier stuff.

And the procedures are just torture. I mean that quite literally. The juice given to Wade only reacts under the most stressful of situations: If Wade suffers through enough stress, the chemicals will cause his body to mutate, which’ll destroy the cancer and give him superpowers. And the clinic’s head tormentor, Ajax, can’t stand Wade. Which makes conditions ideal for generating the stress we were just talking about.

It seems at first like Wade’s doomed to spend whatever time he has left in a cacophony of pain, but he does finally mutate. The cancer vanishes, and his body is chemically blessed with the ability to heal super-rapidly. Injuries still hurt him, but everything from paper cuts to severed hands will heal in a jiffy.

Unfortunately, the mutation also completely ruins Wade’s complexion—a big deal for someone as handsome and shallow as he. And after the clinic burns down around his ankles, Wade feels insufficiently pretty to go back to Vanessa.

Time to go find Ajax and make the guy fix his face—even if Wade has to kill every single one of Ajax’s evil super-soldiers in the process.

Positive Elements

We’ve covered that Wade—Deadpool when he’s in costume—is not a great guy. But his love for Vanessa is no lie. They’re strangely (if a bit dysfunctionally) compatible, and their mutual affection is what drives this story along. While they have scads of premarital sex during their courtship (which we’ll rail against a bit later), at least Wade proposes, wanting to make an honest woman of her.

Much more admirable is Colossus, a massive metal man hailing from Russia. One of the official X-Men, Colossus takes his role as a superhero seriously. He tries to be magnanimous to his enemies and courteous to the public. He attempts again and again to pull Deadpool into the light of truth, justice and a better way. He encourages Deadpool to join the X-Men in the hopes that some group counseling might help the guy shape up and fly right.

It all falls on Deadpool’s dead ears, of course, but let’s give Colossus cred for trying.

Spiritual Elements

In a montage, we see Wade and Vanessa celebrate various holidays with sex—except Lent, where they’re shown peacefully sitting side by side and reading. In the opening credits, someone is said to be “God’s perfect idiot.”

Sexual Content

OK. When it’s not Lent, the camera can’t seem to get enough of staring at sexual movements and suggestive skin. We see Wade and Vanessa participating in obvious, noisy, intentionally humorous and oft-repeated sex. They also talk a great deal about the sex they’re having or the sex they plan to have, invoking all manner of sexual organs, positions and stimuli. When proposing to Vanessa, Wade offers her a Ring Pop—which he’s been apparently storing in an unmentionable place.

Vanessa, it should be said here, is an exotic dancer and prostitute. Indeed, Wade pays her for their first encounter. And while he insists they spend most of that “date” talking, they end it doing, shall we say, more physical activity. We see Vanessa work at a strip club wherein women writhe about in various stages of undress. At least one dancer, fully nude, is shown from the front, while others are seen bare-breasted. Wade’s body is also showcased. He battles a bad guy while nude. And elsewhere, the camera zooms in on his bare backside and ogles his spandex-wrapped front side. We see Deadpool yanking down an adversary’s pants, revealing a portion of posterior.

There are conversations—and scenes—involving masturbation. We hear lots of talk about genitalia, oral sex, porn and sex toys. Obscene things are done with a stuffed unicorn. We see some pretty raunchy flirting and creepy stalking. One scene might be interpreted as winking at pedophilia.

Violent Content

As a special-ops guy, Wade already accumulated “41 confirmed kills.” By the time he confronts a crucial guy in Ajax’s operation, he’s tallied 89 (“Soon to be 90,” he says darkly). This is clearly not a man who adheres to Batman’s no-kill ethos, and we see him dispatch his foes in a variety of splattery ways.

He shoots several people in the head (with three of the bloodiest kills completed with one messy bullet), stabs and slashes others with a sword and, it’s suggested, mows one dude down with a Zamboni. Somebody gets flung into a freeway sign, splatting like an uncooked egg across its surface. Deadpool burns a man with a cigarette lighter before killing him. And he just keeps on pulling the trigger, even when better heroes than he beg for him to show a little mercy.

In the clinic, Ajax uses a variety of methods to spur Wade’s mutation, including beating him bloody (while he’s strapped to a gurney), submerging him in goo, forcing him to float for hours in ice, and waterboarding him. Wade and other patients are regularly shown to be bloody and bruised. He and others are locked in a tank that regulates the flow of oxygen in such a way that it constantly feels like you’re suffocating—and Wade is forced to stay in that container for a full weekend. Things get no better for him once he develops his ability to heal quickly: He’s stabbed in the chest and shoulder with a huge iron bar that’s fashioned into a hook so he can’t get free. He’s shot several times, and he peers, at one juncture, through a bullet hole in his wrist. (He makes his Deadpool suit red to keep his enemies from seeing him bleed.) Both of his hands and his leg are grotesquely broken while he’s fighting Colossus. In handcuffs, he saws off his own hand to escape. A bullet pierces his backside.

Cabbie Dopinder apparently kidnaps his more successful, more handsome cousin and is holding him captive in the trunk of his taxi. A collision suggests that the guy gets killed. (This after Deadpool suggests that Dopinder should kill his cousin and kidnap the guy’s girlfriend—who just so happens to be the love of Dopinder’s life.)

Crude or Profane Language

About 75 f-words, 40 s-words and a pool of crudities, including “a–,” “b–ch,” “h—” and “p—.” We hear the n-word. God’s name is misused, at least once with “d–n.” Jesus’ name is thrice abused.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wade spends a lot of time in the bar that Weasel owns. He enjoys ordering a frothy drink bearing a crude name (just to make Weasel say it), and he buys everyone a round at one point. Partyers drink. Vanessa serves the stuff at the strip club. There are a couple of references to cocaine. Someone smokes a cigarette.

Other Negative Elements

Wade is shown using a urinal. He jokes about defecation.

Marvel has been incredibly successful in making the world embrace its legion of superheroes. And from Spider-Man to The Avengers to The X-Men , they’ve come to rely on a teen-friendly movie rating to keep families coming back for more.

Not that Deadpool would ever agree to such a strategy.

Never mind that this flick is being distributed by 20th Century Fox instead of Disney’s Marvel. Given the comic book company’s recent history, there may be certain fans who look at Deadpool’ s R rating and wonder … Does it have just a wee bit more language? Just a touch more violence? How bad could a Marvel superhero movie be?

So I will answer: Bad. Really bad.

The tone of the movie is surprisingly light and witty—an inside joke of sorts, both an homage to and sendup of all things superhero done inside Marvel’s own studios. But the flick dives to the level of its hard-core rating in the first 10 minutes and keeps drilling down from there. It doesn’t just ease over into “restricted” territory—it flies past the barrier at supersonic speed as if trapped in a defective Iron Man suit. And that’s a shame, because much of the movie’s sly sense of humor doesn’t depend on foul content at all.

But cut out all the crazy content and you’ve got about a 20-minute movie.

With great power comes great responsibility. That’s what Spider-Man taught us. But Deadpool is as irresponsible as they come.

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Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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The first Deadpool & Wolverine trailer is one big joke about Marvel’s past

I t’s going to take something special to get people as hyped for Marvel’s movies as they used to be, and the first trailer Deadpool & Wolverine — the studio’s first R-rated cape flick — makes it seem like it has just the thing.

In the new trailer, it’s unclear how much time has passed for Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and his partner Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) since the end of Deadpool 2 , or even if they’re exactly the same versions of those characters who appeared in that film. But when armored troops from Loki ’s Time Variance Authority show up looking for Deadpool, he isn’t exactly surprised to see them, or to be whisked away through a portal.

Though Deadpool takes a moment to talk directly to the camera about the Disney of it all, TVA agent Paradox (Matthew Macfadyen) doesn’t explain what it is that makes mercenary so special. But it’s clear from the trailer that the mercenary’s been recruited to do special work that will send him, among other places, to a battle field in front of a destroyed 20th Century Fox logo , suggesting that Deadpool & Wolverine will feature characters from Fox’s old- X-Men films.

Just who all’s going to show up is anyone’s guess, but the way the trailer goes out of its way to keep Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) himself off-camera makes it seem like Deadpool & Wolverine may feature more mutants than we expect when it hits theaters on July 26th.

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By Manohla Dargis

  • Feb. 11, 2016

Jokes and bullets are tossed like confetti in “Deadpool,” a feverishly eager-to-please comic-book movie about a supervillain who suits up like a superhero. In uniform, the title character, an ordinary mercenary turned freakishly powerful mercenary, may look a little like Spider-Man, at least to the comic-book agnostic. But Deadpool is far more psychotic than heroic, which he cheerfully establishes by painting the screen red with one kill after another. He points, shoots, jokes (repeat), often while cracking wise right into the camera.

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The movie is the latest entry in the incessantly expanding comic book movie universe, which is crowded with beautiful physical specimens battling hordes of bad guys. The specimen in this case is Ryan Reynolds, whose performance feels like career rehab (or penance) for “Green Lantern,” the 2011 dud he fronted for DC Comics. Here, he plays Wade Wilson, a breezily amoral hired gun who, after some story filler, turns into Deadpool, an antihero who likes to address the camera between kills. Breaking the fourth wall is old stuff, especially in comedy and, like pokes in the ribs and stage winks, can be a way filmmakers signal to the audience that we’re all in this together.

The filmmakers do a lot of winking and rib poking; they sell “Deadpool” so hard that you might wonder if the studio has started to pay on commission. The sales pitch starts with the opening credits, which consist of a series of genre clichés — “hot chick,” “British villain” and “comic relief” — instead of the usual headliner cast and crew names. It’s one of the best sequences in the movie, partly because it’s a bit complicated. At that early point, the audience can pretend (wink, wink) that it doesn’t know whether “Deadpool” is going to deliver on each of those clichés, from the requisite babe (Morena Baccarin, appealing and age appropriate) to the regulation British baddie (Ed Skrein). But what else would an entertainment juggernaut deliver in a movie like this? Surprises?

The opening credits are worth lingering over because they’re enjoyable and because they’re a clever pre-emptive strike. By immediately announcing the clichés that they will soon deploy, the filmmakers at once flatter and reassure the audience even as they lower any expectations that what follows will be new or different. You can almost hear the studio suits whispering in your ear: “Come on, we all know that these kinds of movies rely on silly stereotypes — that’s part of the fun!” And seriously who doesn’t like fun? Yet to laugh (as I did) at these self-mocking credits is to give in to a somewhat compromised pleasure. Because, among other things, you are also laughing at your willingness to settle for the same old, same old, which suggests that the joke is on you.

It is or it isn’t. Much depends on whether you’re down with the comic-book film imperative no matter what transpires on-screen; whether you find Deadpool’s Jim Carrey-style logorrhea hilarious or tedious; whether you think watching people (oops, fictional characters) get roughed up, impaled, shot, tortured and liquidated in scene after scene for laughs is just another night at the movies. It also depends on whether you don’t mind that “Deadpool” soon makes good on its opening credits. Because, as promised, the filmmakers trot out the usual character types (the hot chick, the comic relief, etc.), along with the familiar beats, even as they briefly fold in some nicely played home-front melodrama which, for a few scenes, makes “Deadpool” genuinely more ambitious than most works of this kind.

These sections push the story forward, laying the foundation for the existential divide that defines every superhero, even a putative roguish outlier like Deadpool. And while the tears salting these scenes may be cynical given the movie’s embrace of a what-me-worry nihilism, they offer a necessary break from the strained patter and violence. They also show that the director, Tim Miller, and Mr. Reynolds can do more than hit the same bombastic notes over and over again. It’s no surprise that the teams hired to bring a property like “Deadpool” to the screen know how to keep the machine oiled and humming; it’s the ones who somehow manage to temporarily stick a wrench in the works, adding something human — a feeling instead of another quip — who are worth your attention.

“Deadpool” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Bangs, booms and splatter. Running time: 1 hour 48 minutes.

An earlier version of this review referred incorrectly to Marvel’s connection to “Deadpool.” While the Marvel name is on the movie because it created the character, the movie was made by 20th Century Fox.

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Movie review: Edited 'Once Upon a Deadpool' is PG-13, but don't expect it to be family friendly

Fred Savage and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Once Upon a Deadpool."

By Josh Terry

“ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL” — 3 stars — Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Josh Brolin; PG-13 (intense sequences of violence and action, crude sexual content, language, thematic elements and brief drug use); in general release; running time: 116 minutes

“Once Upon a Deadpool” has to be one of the strangest entries on the holiday movie calendar, but for audiences who have shied away from the franchise’s R-rated content, it's a chance to see what the fuss is all about.

The concept is simple: “Once Upon a Deadpool” is a PG-13 version of “Deadpool 2,” which sent the titular foul-mouthed antihero on a quest for redemption after the death of his girlfriend. All the R-rated content — mostly profanity and some violence — has been either edited out or replaced with more sanitized material.

The heart of the story remains the same. Wisecracking, superpowered assassin-of-bad-guys Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has his ideal — albeit odd — balance of work and family, mowing down mobsters by day and building a future with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in his downtime. The happy couple is just about to add a baby to the family when Vanessa is murdered, sending Deadpool into a suicidal malaise.

The next two hours, strangely enough, continue to mine that family theme. Deadpool’s search for meaning takes him to Xavier’s School for the Gifted, where he tries to join the X-Men. When that goes bad, he winds up in prison on behalf of a misguided mutant youth named Firefist (Julian Dennison). Eventually he crosses paths with a time-traveling cyborg named Cable (Josh Brolin), and puts together a team of his own — dubbed “X-Force,” to be more gender inclusive — to save the day.

The joke with a movie like this is that if you edit out all the R-rated content, there will only be about five minutes of film left. But “Once Upon a Deadpool” still has quite a bit of the original film’s story and most of “Deadpool 2’s” best jokes remain intact, proving that studios don't need to add the crass content in order to make funny films. Director David Leitch has also added a narration subplot that sprinkles scenes between Deadpool and an adult Fred Savage as a parody of “The Princess Bride.” (Those scenes in particular add a fascinating meta commentary that lets the filmmakers respond to criticisms of the original film in true “Deadpool” fashion.)

However, although “Once Upon a Deadpool” is not R-rated, it is still not appropriate for kids, and many adults may cringe at what made it into this special cut — especially those in the Christian community, given the recent controversy and petition over one of the film's posters which depicts Deadpool as a Christ figure. While you won't hear the F-word, it’s inferred numerous times, and there are plenty of edits that allow you to see a character uttering profanity even if you are hearing something else. As a strange side effect, the removal of the R-rated profanity actually makes the language and vulgarity that remains — notably the numerous religious epithets — sound more egregious.

At the same time, “Once Upon a Deadpool” feels like an opportunity for audiences frustrated with movies littered with R-rated content not just to see a "Deadpool" movie, if so inclined, but to send a message to studios that there is an audience for more (sort of, in this case) family-friendly content. It also strongly suggests that the heart of the titular character isn’t so much dependent on profanity as it is his persistently agitated, sarcastic delivery.

Your reaction to the finished product may have more to do with whether you saw the original film than “Once Upon a Deadpool’s” independent quality. If you haven’t seen any of the other films, this one will likely feel like a fresh, irreverent take on the superhero genre that pushes really, really hard against its PG-13 rating. If you have seen “Deadpool 2,” the new film may feel a bit watered-down, but worth seeing thanks to the new material.

One thing is for sure: Regardless of which camp you’re coming from, “Once Upon a Deadpool” finishes with a post credits scene that every Marvel fan needs to see, one way or another. Without giving too much away, let’s just say it finishes with a touching farewell.

Rating explained: “Once Upon a Deadpool” is a fairly harsh PG-13 with generous vulgarity, violence and profanity (both spoken and inferred). There is also some blurred nudity (pixilated for laughs).

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Film Review: ‘Deadpool’

Ryan Reynolds gets the full-throttle wisecracking showcase he deserves in this scabrously funny origin story.

By Justin Chang

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At this point, a movie studio would have to torch its headquarters, donate its merchandising revenues to charity, and produce a seven-hour art film performed in Ukrainian sign language to do something that truly qualified as a subversive gesture. Until then, viewers should gladly submit to the gleefully self-skewering pleasures of “ Deadpool ,” a scabrously funny big-screen showcase for the snarkiest of Marvel’s comic-book creations — a disfigured and disreputable mercenary who likes to crack wise, bust heads and generally lay waste to the idea that he’s anyone’s hero. As a vehicle for the impudent comic stylings of Ryan Reynolds , this cheerfully demented origin story is many, many cuts above “Green Lantern,” and as a sly demolition job on the superhero movie, it sure as hell beats “Kick-Ass.” And given the resurgence of fanboy interest following a well-received trailer at last year’s Comic-Con (plus the benefit of Imax showings), “Deadpool” should show plenty of life at the box office, especially if its well-earned R rating functions less as kiss of death than as badge of honor.

Fast, ferocious and inevitably a bit too pleased with its own cleverness, this Fox-produced offshoot of the “X-Men” series nevertheless can’t help but feel like a nasty, nose-thumbing tonic next to the shinier delegations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as represented by Disney’s “Avengers” franchise (and its various subfranchises) and Sony’s not-so-amazing “Spider-Man” movies. Better still, “Deadpool” knows exactly how to use Reynolds, an actor whose smooth leading-man good looks have long disguised one of the sharpest funnyman sensibilities in the business, as fans of “The Proposal,” “Definitely, Maybe” and the underrated “Just Friends” can attest.

It’s not the kind of star profile that immediately screams “blockbuster” (that’s a compliment), and admittedly, Reynolds’ peripheral first appearance as Deadpool, in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), offered little hint of what he could really do with the role; happily, this wholesale reboot seems to inhabit a superior alternate reality where that dreadful earlier movie doesn’t exist. Deadpool does drop a few “X-Men” references here and there, and they’re crude and irreverent in the extreme, whether he’s joking about fondling Wolverine’s privates or dismissing Prof. Xavier as a creepy pedophile — all of which he offers up as evidence of his spectacular disinterest in contributing in any way to the ever-expanding glut of superhero movies.

That’s nonsense, of course. Even with its nastier tone, grislier action and more sexually explicit banter, “Deadpool” turns out to be a comic-book enterprise through and through, but served up in a shrewdly self-mocking guise; it pulls off that very postmodern trick of getting away with formulas and cliches simply by pointing them out. The opening credits sequence features what might be described as an honest cast list, even going so far as to introduce first-time feature director Tim Miller as “An Overpaid Tool.” That eagerness to break down the fourth wall was present in the original Deadpool comic books by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist/writer Rob Liefeld, and scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (doing wittier work than you’d expect from their scripts for “Zombieland” and “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) stay true to the same spirit as they cut cheekily between two time frames, using Reynolds’ smartass voiceover to paper over the cracks.

Before he turns into an ugly, cynical mercenary named Deadpool, Reynolds’ character is a hunky, cynical mercenary named Wade Wilson, who spends most of his time at Sister Margaret’s Home for Wayward Girls — a front for the scuzzy dive where his best friend, bartender Weasel (T.J. Miller, “Silicon Valley”), keeps the beer flowing and the weapons moving among his down-and-dirty clientele. It’s here that Wade meets a beautiful, gold-hearted prostitute named Vanessa Carlysle ( Morena Baccarin , “Homeland,” “Gotham”); recognizing each other as damaged kindred spirits, they begin screwing in earnest, zipping and unzipping their way through an extended sex-scene montage that plays out over a year’s worth of racy holidays. (“Happy Intl. Women’s Day,” Vanessa coos as she adjusts her strap-on, though that’s about as far as the movie goes in terms of even hinting at Deadpool’s famously pansexual appetites.)

Wade and Vanessa are deeply in love, but their bliss proves short-lived when he receives a terminal cancer diagnosis. This being an origin story, his only recourse is to submit to a bizarre experiment performed by the sadistic scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein), ignoring the rule that one should generally steer clear of medical professionals named after Greek warriors and household cleaners. Ajax subjects Wade to a series of increasingly grim procedures, accompanied by hideous torture techniques, in an attempt to force a genetic mutation that will rid him of his cancer. While successful in that regard, the procedures unfortunately also rid Wade of his face, turning him into a bald lump of scar tissue who looks less like Ryan Reynolds and more like a 150-year-old John Malkovich in desperate need of wrinkle cream and sunblock.

Now gifted with Wolverine-style self-healing abilities and an endless lease on life, Wade wants his old body back, and so he dons a rubbery red-and-black suit (the better to hide the bloodstains) and the identity of Deadpool. What follows is a fairly straightforward shoot-and-blow-’em-up revenge picture, starting with a visceral car chase/standoff that occupies much of the film’s early going and midsection. “I’m just a bad guy who gets paid to f—k up worse guys,” Deadpool snarls in one of his many to-the-camera asides, which he frequently uses to drop jokes about masturbation and defecation, plus random references to the Spin Doctors, “The Matrix,” Sinead O’Connor, Judy Blume, the “Taken” movies and any other stray bits of pop-culture effluvia that happen to pop into his mottled, misshapen head.

If it all sounds terribly arch and juvenile, it is. It’s also startlingly effective: Somehow, through sheer timing, gusto and verve (and an assist from Julian Clarke’s deft editing), Reynolds gives all this self-referential potty talk a delirious comic momentum — reaching a peak when he’s trading quips with Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), the wizened, sightless old woman who functions as his caretaker, housekeeper and sparring partner. Additional punching bags turn up in the form of two X-Men allies: Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), basically an overgrown Arnold Schwarzenegger hood ornament, and sullen goth girl Ellie Phimister, aka Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), whose mutant powers include conjuring massive fireballs and sending angry tweets. The two of them exist mainly to keep Deadpool in line, and also to help him battle Ajax and his impossibly strong lieutenant, Angel Dust (Gina Carano).

But in the end, these supporting players are so much background noise — drowned out, on occasion, by the repetitive sounds of explosions, gunshots and body slams, and also by the constant wham (and Wham!) of the soundtrack. Baccarin, after getting to play Rosalind Russell to Reynolds’ Cary Grant early on, is ultimately treated in line with the “Hot Chick” moniker she’s given in the opening credits. Miller has fun staging all manner of vehicular and architectural chaos, but mostly stays out of the way of his script and his star. The movie exists entirely as a star vehicle for Reynolds, and perhaps its canniest stroke is the way it both conceals and demolishes his physical beauty — a small price to pay when an actor’s tongue is this gloriously sharp. “I look like a testicle with teeth,” Deadpool snarls. And as long as he’s around, you’ll have a ball.

Reviewed at 20th Century Fox Studios, Jan. 30, 2016. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 107 MIN.

  • Production: A 20th Century Fox release and presentation, in association with Marvel Entertainment, of a Kinberg Genre/the Donners’ Co. production. Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner. Executive producers, Stan Lee, John J. Kelly, Jonathan Komack Martin, Aditya Sood, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick.  
  • Crew: Directed by Tim Miller. Screenplay, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick. Camera (color, Panavision widescreen), Ken Seng; editor, Julian Clarke; music, Tom Holkenborg; music supervisor, John Houlihan; production designer, Sean Haworth; art director, Nigel Evans; set decorator, Shannon Gottlieb; set designers, Randy Hutniak, Sheila Millar; costume designer, Angus Strathie; sound (Dolby Atmos), David Husby; supervising sound editors, Wayne Lemmer, Jim Brookshire; sound designers, Craig Henighan, Lemmer, Ai-ling Lee, Warren Hendriks; re-recording mixers, Paul Massey, Will Files; special effects coordinator, Alex Burdett; visual effects supervisor, Jonathan Rothbart; visual effects producer, Annemarie Griggs; visual effects and animation, Digital Domain, Atomic Fiction, Weta Digital; visual effects, RodeoFX, Luma Pictures; stunt coordinators, Robert Alonzo, Philip J. Silvera; associate producer, Thane Campbell Watkins; assistant director, James Bitonti; second unit director, Robert Alonzo; second unit camera, Roger Vernon; casting, Ronna Kress.
  • With: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Leslie Uggams, Brianna Hildebrand, Karan Soni, Jed Rees, Stefan Kapicic, Randal Reeder, Isaac C. Singleton Jr.

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Problemista review: or, how i learned to stop worrying & love my inner karen.

I went into Julio Torres’ Problemista with a clear idea of what I thought I was getting, but the A24 movie just wears that expectation like a coat.

  • Problemista blends surrealism, comedy, and empathy to critique the US immigration system in a visually entertaining and thought-provoking way.
  • The film explores the value of art, navigating complex characters and systems with nuance while delivering a compelling message about perseverance.
  • By embracing inner strength and challenging existing structures, Problemista encourages viewers to see beyond the familiar and advocate for change.

I went into Problemista with a clear idea of what I thought I was getting. The trailer sells a surrealist rendering of the American immigration experience, with fantastical pops of color, unsuccessful visa applicants who disappear on the spot, and a formidable Tilda Swinton with eyes that sometimes glow red. It's a package of weirdness, comedy, and commentary that A24's marketing department is good at turning into an easy pill to swallow, as if the reach for a certain kind of uniqueness is now familiar. People might even walk away from it thinking that expectation was met.

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Directed by Julio Torres, Problemista is a comedy film that sees eccentric toy inventor Alejandro trying to make a name for himself in New York City but failing to bring any of his creations to life. With his work visa nearly run out, he winds up working for one of the New York art scene's outcasts to stay in the U.S., navigating a complex immigration system.

  • Entertaining, both visually and comedically
  • Creates well-rounded, complex characters
  • A compelling exploration of the value of art
  • Surrealist takedown of the US immigration system that's grounded in empathy

Problemista just wears that movie like a coat; Julio Torres (writer, director, and star) wields familiarity to make his film accessible. But I'd wager his stance on today's movies is similar to his protagonist Alejandro's view of toys: Wonderful, but " a little bit too preoccupied with, um... fun. " Alejandro's ideas are often to make small but meaningful tweaks to established toys that force a shift in our perspective on them, and Torres' film takes the same approach — this is, in a way, the surrealist mode. But if such works are usually mind-expanding, this targets the heart.

Problemista Critiques Systems, But Its Characters Are The Real Point

Tilda swinton's elizabeth is much more than she initially seems..

Alejandro's journey to visa sponsorship is Kafkaesque, if Kafka's primary drivers were empathy and optimism. At the outset, he works for a company that (in one of my favorite touches) offers cryogenic services exclusively to terminally ill artists. The technology to wake them up hasn't been invented yet (legally, their service is a form of euthanasia), but their business model lets them continue to charge for keeping the cryo tube powered and stored. When Ale loses that job, he has only one month to find a new sponsor. Somewhere, an hourglass bearing his name is turned over.

Hope arrives in the form of Elizabeth (Swinton), an art critic and wife of Bobby (RZA), the frozen artist Ale had been overseeing. It is a fragile, difficult hope — she is disorganized, demanding, and prone to lashing out at the poor, unsuspecting representatives of whichever entity has drawn her ire. In modern terms, she is a Karen. In the visual language of the movie, she is the monster hiding in the cave that Alejandro's wandering hero is compelled to enter. But, if Ale can manage to arrange a show for Bobby's egg-focused paintings, she might sponsor his visa.

Obstacles, as long as they're surmountable, are good for us. We might never learn to see beyond the walls of our comfortable, familiar existence without them.

There's a version of Problemista that makes Elizabeth an arm of its political critique, with US policy forcing Alejandro to depend on the whims of an erratic individual. This is part of her, but she is much, much more, in a way that no real person can be reduced to the role they play in anyone else's life. Swinton's performance captures the messy swirl of emotion motivating her behavior without rendering her purely sympathetic. Our position toward her can oscillate between condemnation and support within a single scene. She is not bound to her characterization in the film's storybook framework.

Torres, like Ale, sees the totality of her right away, and this is the magic of what his movie achieves. Despite successfully satirizing immigration law, thoughtless, predatory corporations, and even Craigslist (Larry Owens), there is a clear-eyed distinction between these systems and the human beings who exist within them . The surreal imagery and narration (from Isabella Rossellini , who should narrate everything) only clarifies this contrast. Problemista invokes the simplicity of myth without ever letting its characters become simplistic. Representatives are never just representatives, but people with their own feelings and values.

Problemista Makes A Compelling Case For The Value Of Art

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This unwillingness to be reductive gives its critique nuance, sending up the absurdities of immigrating to the US while leaving room to appreciate how facing those obstacles makes immigrants stronger. But Elizabeth's way of moving through the world emerges as a surprising focal point. Yes, we feel for those she bludgeons with her words over problems they are (usually) not responsible for. But, the movie suggests there's method in her madness. Systems may be to blame, but they are faceless; chatbots and automated phone services are impervious to our grievances. Find a person, and you find hope for change.

This, somewhat paradoxically, is Problemista 's great message to the disenfranchised: Embrace your inner Karen . It may be unreasonable to expect everything and everyone to bend to your whim, and there's room for more empathy than can be found in Elizabeth's blunt-force antagonism. But if everything is rigged against you, and you're truly determined to make it work anyway, find someone with the power to change things and complain about it until they do. Do it right, and you might even change things enough to make the road easier for the people who come after you.

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Whether everyone who sees this movie will appreciate its layers and hear its messages is another matter, and one Torres is equally interested in. Art and artists are all over Problemista , undervalued ones especially, and there's a direct line between their dogged perseverance and an immigrant's. For both, the risk of going unseen is high. But as Ale's artist mother, Dolores (Catalina Saavedra), ultimately articulates, whether someone's art will be appreciated matters less than the fact that it can be . Even criticism, as an act of truly seeing, gets some love here.

Pull at that thread, and this project's organizing principles come into view. Obstacles, as long as they're surmountable, are good for us. We might never learn to see beyond the walls of our comfortable, familiar existence without them. And they don't have to come from a series of catch-22s with life-and-death stakes — art can be an obstacle. Some people, maybe most, will never engage with Bobby's eggs, or Ale's toys, or Problemista . But someone will. And if they can learn to see that artwork in a total, empathetic way, there's hope they turn that gaze on the unseen people around them, too.

Problemista releases in limited theaters March 1 before expanding nationwide March 22.


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Parents need to know that, like the original, Deadpool 2 is bloody, raunchy, violent, and filled with pop-culture references that may go over even some teens' heads. In other words, it's targeted specifically at older audiences. Expect tons of extremely graphic violence, much of which is close-up and…

Positive Messages

Deadpool/Wade has his own, very violent code of justice/morality, which frequently results in slaughter. But the movie also explores how superheroes/mutants/people with extra abilities struggle between helping others and following their own agenda/priorities. Ultimately promotes friendship, responsibility, teamwork, alliances, collaboration, and love. Clear lesson about how children can change lives: "Kids give us a chance to be better than we were."

Positive Role Models

Lots of extremely iffy, outright illegal behavior, but Wade follows his own code faithfully; it mostly involves justice against those who've done big wrongs. He clearly loves Vanessa and will do anything to protect her. Three X-Men help Deadpool even though it's not their fight. Russell is badly traumatized and searching for someone to bond with; he's desperate for connection. Deadpool reiterates the idea that life boils down to a few precious choices and moments. Even the "villains" have motives that audiences can empathize with. Diverse casting among key characters. Domino is a strong, capable woman who contributes just as much to the team as the men.

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Extremely strong, bloody, graphic violence: decapitations, brains oozing out of shots to the head, limbs sliced/shot off, torture, hand-to-hand combat, self-immolation, fireballs thrown with explosive results. People are crushed, smacked by trucks, impaled, burned by acidic vomit, run over, shredded, torn in half, etc. Tons of very bloody injuries, explosions, and hand-to-hand fights. One very sad death; other scenes show the tragic results of a future murder (including a dead child). Children abused by authority figures.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

Wade's "baby butt" is visible, and there's a blink-and-miss shot of him showing baby genitals (during scenes when his legs/pelvic area are regrowing). Wade and Vanessa kiss passionately and plan to make love. A few other sexual/suggestive references, including some "flirting" and butt grabbing between Deadpool and Colossus. Vanessa's IUD is shown briefly.

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Constant strong language (occasionally said by a teenager) includes: "f--k," "f---er," "f---ing," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "c--t," "pissing," "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," "douche," "c--k," and mashed-up insults like "s--t show," "s--t giggles," "d--k t-ts," "prick," "douche pool," "baby balls," and more. Middle-finger gestures.

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Parents need to know that, like the original , Deadpool 2 is bloody, raunchy, violent, and filled with pop-culture references that may go over even some teens' heads. In other words, it's targeted specifically at older audiences. Expect tons of extremely graphic violence, much of which is close-up and very gory and gross: torture, decapitation, dismemberment, brutal hand-to-hand combat, and much, much more. Sympathetic characters die, and children are abused by authority figures. You'll hear "f--k" in nearly every scene, plus "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and a full range of other salty words. Adults also smoke, drink, and use drugs, and there are some sexual references, although fewer than in the first film (and there's no sexual nudity this time around -- just glimpses of a bare baby butt and quick-flash shot of baby genitals, played for humor). Despite all of this, the story does ultimately promote teamwork, collaboration, empathy, and believing that people, particularly kids, can change. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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DEADPOOL 2 begins with a startling sequence in which Wade ( Ryan Reynolds ) informs viewers that, as with Wolverine in Logan , he won't survive this movie. Then the action rewinds, and Wade narrates the distressing last few weeks he's had, which included a key character's death sending him into a tailspin. After the flashback, Wade teams up with Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) to become one of the X-Men in training. During a confrontation with a volatile, potentially out-of-control young fire-starter mutant named Russell ( Julian Dennison ) -- who's angry and trying to torch the "mutant rehabilitation" youth center he's been forced to stay in -- Wade goes off script and ends up landing both himself and Russell in prison. Eventually, Cable ( Josh Brolin ), a soldier from the future, arrives on a mission to alter the past in the name of preventing unspeakable crimes in the future. Then things really start going awry, and the movie becomes a race between Wade and Cable.

Is It Any Good?

Reynolds' hilariously offensive antihero serves up another round of snarky, trash-talking, gory, pop-culture-bashing shenanigans that will appeal to those who loved the first film. As with the original, it's important to note that this is not a typical superhero movie that families with elementary schoolers and tweens will want to see; it's truly best for older teens and adults who will understand and appreciate the humor (not to mention be able to stomach the incredibly gory violence). The movie is a nonstop barrage of one-liners that reference everything from whether the songs "Papa Can You Hear Me?" from Yentl and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from Frozen are overly similar to DC/Marvel in-jokes to nicknames (Wade calls Cable "Thanos") and sight gags (he lifts up a boom box, Say Anything style).

But among all the rapid-fire jokes is a sentimental notion: that kids, in this case the morally conflicted Russell, give adults the chance to be better people. Wade's interactions with Russell are both hilarious and bittersweet. And if the addition of new characters Russell and Cable isn't enough to intrigue viewers, there's also the introduction of the X-Force, an even motlier crew of mutants (plus one regular civilian) with somewhat middling powers: Zeitgeist ( Bill Skarsgard ), for example, can spew acidic vomit. At least Domino's ( Atlanta 's Zazie Beetz) power is good luck, which ends up being more helpful than Wade can imagine. Even Cable isn't the straight-up baddie you'd expect; he ends up having more depth than is strictly necessary. Reynolds and Brolin look like they're having the time of their lives playing off of each other, and -- spoiler alert ! -- the ending makes it clear that audiences can and should expect more from the Fourth Wall-breaking superhero. Oh, and -- as always -- stay for the credits.

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The people running the mutant orphanage were trying to "cure" the kids of their "condition." Do you think the filmmakers intended that situation to parallel any specific real-life issues? If so, which ones?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : May 18, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming : August 21, 2018
  • Cast : Ryan Reynolds , Morena Baccarin , Josh Brolin
  • Director : David Leitch
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio : Twentieth Century Fox
  • Genre : Action/Adventure
  • Topics : Superheroes , Friendship
  • Run time : 111 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material
  • Last updated : February 18, 2023

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Ryan Reynolds returns in the title role of Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, in "Deadpool 2," a bleak and wrenching psychodrama that's sure to confuse and infuriate fans of the original. The first " Deadpool ," directed by Tim Miller , was distinguished by its three-jokes-a-minute pacing and its reluctance to take the usual superhero origin cliches seriously. This film from stuntman turned director David Leitch (who debuted behind the camera with " John Wick ") starts with a literal bang, with our mysteriously depressed hero immolating himself atop a deathbed of explosive fuel canisters, then works its way backwards to detail the trauma that made him sad enough to kill himself. Frankly, I was stunned that Leitch, Reynolds and company had the nerve to kill off such a bankable wiseacre in the first five minutes of their film, then devote the rest of their running time to supporting characters' attempts to grieve and move on with their lives, their struggles captured in bleached-out images more commonly associated with DC movies. The emotional peak is a long sequence of Wade's widow Vanessa ( Morena Baccarin ) taking the hero's now-useless red uniform down from a hanger in the closet, inhaling her late partner's scent, and bursting into tears while the soundtrack plays a minor key a cappella version of Boston's "More Than a Feeling."

OK, obviously none of that happens, except for Wade blowing himself up—and if you've ever read a comic book in your life, or seen a movie, or drawn breath, you know that a superhero film doesn't start with the hero offing himself unless it plans to undo the damage as soon as possible. " After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste." That's how 20th Century Fox's official website summarized the plot of this movie when it first came out, which should give you some small indication of the level of sobriety the filmmakers have brought to this venture. Even when "Deadpool 2" is being serious, or trying to fool you into thinking it's being serious, there's a gleam in its eye that gives the game away. 

The script, credited to Reynolds, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick , finds the mutant Deadpool meandering his way to the X-Mansion and joining various X-Men members—including Domino ( Zazie Beetz ) and Colossus (computer effects plus the voice of Stefan Kapičić )—as they try to protect an alienated, rebellious teen mutant called Firefist ( Julian Dennison ) from assassination by the Terminator, er Looper, er mercenary-from-the-future Matthew Cable ( Josh Brolin , aka Young Nick Nolte Returned, playing his second Marvel character in less than a month ). 

There are striking similarities between certain, um, elements in this film and "Avengers: Infinity War"—a fluke of timing, surely; the movies don't even share a studio (yet). Among them: a thorough working-out of the old, mostly rhetorical comic book question, "How dead is dead?" "Deadpool 2" treats the topic about as thoughtfully as it can, without ever, for one millisecond, seeming as if it might look real suffering in the eye. As in the first "Deadpool," the backbone of which was an unexpected cancer diagnosis, Wade and other characters suffer loss and disappointment, but nothing that can't be fixed or amended through machinations that are already implicitly promised in the hero's opening narration. There's some unpleasantness, but the cheeky dialogue and cheerfully cynical voice-over ensure that we'll never have to marinate in it. It's just not that kind of film. More so than any other superhero movie, including the original "Deadpool," this one is the R-rated comics equivalent of one of those knowingly featherweight Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Road" movies (for a full list, click here ), in which Hope and Crosby's fast-talking vagabonds wriggled out of tight spots through sheer shamelessness and verbosity, pausing to break the fourth wall and tell the viewer that now might be a good time to go out for popcorn.

The result feels a bit like a lavishly produced, superhero- and supervillain-stocked standup comedy special, with fight scenes, chases and explosions spliced into footage of the hero telling you about the wild couple of weeks he just had. Reynolds repeats the original "Deadpool" dynamic of giving the movie at least five times what it gives him in return, turning neediness, self-pity, desperation and narcissism into different kinds of comic fuel. There are constant acknowledgements that you're watching a movie, and a formulaic one at that (right before the the start of the film's third act, our boy declares that if his plan succeeds, everybody gets to go home early because there'll be no need for a third act). There are seemingly random (but not really) pop culture references, including a comparison of the melodies of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman" from " Frozen " and "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" from " Yentl ." There's shtick galore, including quite a bit of slapstick with a body count, plus some retroactive criticism of the Marvel brand's attempts to be capital-I Important ("We're the X-Men, a dated metaphor for racism in the '60s!" Deadpool declares, right before a big setpiece). There's even a protracted bit of mugging near the end that's reminiscent of early Jim Carrey . 

I originally agreed with this site's less-than-enthused review of the first movie, which was "edgy" in an obvious, trying-too-hard way, occasionally wearing its "R" rating with all the misplaced pride of a middle school boy sporting a chocolate milk mustache as if it were a Sam Elliott-style soup strainer (although— kudos !—the details of Wade's cancer treatment and sex life with Vanessa were truly unexpected for a film that expensive). But the array of PG-13 superhero films that preceded and followed, and that all seemed hypnotized by their own ashy solemnity to one degree or another, made the original "Deadpool" feel like a necessary counterweight. The more often I stumbled across it on TV over the past few years, the more I appreciated it. (The inept and obvious " Suicide Squad ," which came out a few months later, showed how not to do that kind of movie.) 

And there's something to be said for a film that knows what it is, and is serenely content to be that thing. Except for a few individual lines and sight gags, a brilliantly over-the-top action-comedy sequence near the midsection, and some characteristically sharp performances (including the one by Brolin, who imbues what might've otherwise been a granite-jawed killer meathead with recognizable humanity) there's not much to fondly recall here. But since "Deadpool 2" shows no sign of wanting to rewrite a whole genre with its audacity, we might as well concede that it does the job it apparently wants to do with professionalism and flair, and that the faster we end this piece, the faster you can go on social media and complain about it.

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Deadpool 2 (2018)

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Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson / Deadpool

Josh Brolin as Nathan Summers / Cable

Zazie Beetz as Neena Thurman / Domino

T.J. Miller as Jack "Weasel" Hammer

Brianna Hildebrand as Ellie Phimister / Negasonic Teenage Warhead

Stefan Kapičić as Piotr Rasputin / Colossus (voice)

Julian Dennison as Rusty Collins / Fire Fist

Morena Baccarin as Vanessa Carlyle / Copycat

Shiori Kutsuna as Yoiki

Karan Soni as Dopinder

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T he meta the better. This seems to be the mission statement for this horribly violent, shriekingly self-aware and macabre Marvel super-antihero movie. It’s the funniest Ryan Reynolds film since Van Wilder: Party Liaison , and incidentally finally confirms the hall-of-fame status for Richard Curtis’s “I’m just a girl standing in front of a boy…” line from Notting Hill.

Deadpool is dripping in irony, zinging and stinging with pop-culture gags; it begins by spoofing the generic lineup in the credits, giving nobody’s name, just archetypes – “British villain”, etc. Maybe this will evolve for Deadpool 2 with everything simply replaced with the phrase “I know, right?” (It’s a bit like the Cracked.com YouTube spoof trailer for an indie film called Movie Title.) Deadpool gets away with it by barrelling the references past us in an aspartame rush.

Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool, now getting a film to himself – after some fan agitation which was in no way cynically manipulated by the studio. He had previously been just a cameo in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). This is the mutant mercenary assassin with a smart mouth, hyperathletic combat capability and the capacity to heal everything in his body except the poignantly disfigured face that the mask is there to conceal. Deadpool is effectively the unreliable black sheep of the X-Men family, a couple of whom are brought into the action to achieve brand overlap with the rest of the franchise. Stan Lee naturally gets another of his Struldbruggian cameos.

Deadpool arrives in the drama in the back of a cab, dead set on some serious payback with that British villain, Ajax, played by Game of Thrones graduate Ed Skrein. The ensuing action mayhem is represented with some nicely rendered bullet-time slow motion, although for my money it isn’t as good as the Quicksilver sequence in X-Men Days of Future Past , accompanied by Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle. Flashbacks show us Deadpool’s former civilian existence as Wade Wilson, former special forces hombre turned tough guy for hire, who falls in love with a beautful badass called Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin – Damien Lewis’s wife from Homeland. Then cruel fate intervenes, and Wade’s super destiny takes him away from Vanessa, away from everything he loves, a terrible emotional pain that he transmutes into flippancy and violence.

As a self-deconstructing superhero movie, Deadpool is in a recognisable line from Matthew Vaughn’s outrageous Kick-Ass , which shows the superhero’s secret un-super homespun existence behind the scenes (there is the same relationship with Tarantino’s Kill Bill). It also has something in common with Watchmen, the costumed vigilantes who ply their trade in a counterfactual universe. There’s also the widely forgotten Mystery Men, starring Ben Stiller. But it doesn’t have the sweetness and wisdom of Brad Bird’s Pixar masterpiece The Incredibles , which really took seriously the burden of being a superhero, falling in love with another superhero and raising superhero children.

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As he approaches the foothills of early middle age, Ryan Reynolds is developing something self-deprecatory and knowing in his handsomeness, a Clooneyesque goof, which works with the comedy here. His motormouth delivery is also clearly a cousin to Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, but with more sugar in the mix, less barbed – younger, in fact. The whole feel of Deadpool and the way it is written and directed is in many ways like something by action maestro Shane Black, who sent up his own tropes amusingly in the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang .

The problem is that by letting Deadpool be both the good guy and the bad guy, by letting him have the bad guy’s prerogative of making acidly witty remarks, there isn’t all that much for the actual bad guy to do. Ed Skrein does his best as Ajax, but he doesn’t look or sound like a proper villain. He looks like the villain’s henchman. In fact, that “British villain” joke in the opening titles is misleading. The Brit in question would usually be some well-spoken, mature UK thesp – someone like McKellen or Stewart or the much-missed Alan Rickman .

Deadpool is neurotic and needy – and very entertaining. An innocent pleasure.

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Deadpool review

Subversive, snarky, and sometimes sadistic, deadpool is also really, really fun.

Rick Marshall

By most measures,  Deadpool is a movie that never should have been made.

The Marvel Comics character at the center of it is an ultraviolent, omnisexual assassin who knows he’s a fictional character and doesn’t shy away from telling you — his audience — about it. He’s decidedly unheroic, occasionally schizophrenic, and exhibits the sort of behavior typically associated with sketchy, trenchcoat-wearing strangers in public parks.

And yet, we should be immensely grateful that someone out there saw fit to give him his own movie.

Set in the same universe as the X-Men franchise,  Deadpool follows former special forces operative Wade Wilson as he attempts to track down the man who nearly killed him with a secret, experimental procedure that turned his body into a permanent mass of scar tissue but also granted him a superhuman healing ability. Along the way, he has run-ins with legions of bullet-sponging bad guys and mutants — both ally and enemy — including a pair of X-Men intent on recruiting him to their superhero team.

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From its opening moments,  Deadpool is a movie very different from anything else out there — and that includes all of the comic-book movies before it. Simultaneously low-brow and brilliant, it plays with the conventions of the genre and everything we’ve come to expect from movies, gleefully reveling in superhero and action-movie cliches in one breath and skewering those same tropes in the next. It tears into pop culture, only to put it on a pedestal shortly thereafter. At one point in the film, it even goes so far as to ponder how it ever got made.

Amid all of this self-aware cinema, though, it’s also a very viscerally gratifying adventure that finds a seemingly endless array of gory ways for Deadpool to dispatch his enemies — all while delivering a never-ending stream of commentary on, well … everything and anything that seems to cross its titular protagonist’s fractured mind.

In that respect — and so many others — it does a pretty admirable job of replicating the experience of reading Deadpool’s comic-book adventures.

Given everything the average person has seen of  Deadpool before setting foot in the theater, it feels redundant to say that Ryan Reynolds was made to play Wade Wilson. Anyone familiar with the film’s prolific marketing campaign is well aware of how invested Reynolds is in the role, and what unfolds on the screen is just confirmation that Reynolds’ years of campaigning for the role were justified. He’s such a good fit for the part, in fact, that the film leaves you wondering whether the last 10 years of his career have just been one long audition for the role of Wade Wilson.

It all begs the question: Is Ryan Reynolds the perfect Deadpool, or is Deadpool the perfect Ryan Reynolds?

Okay, so that’s probably a bit more cerebral than Deadpool  warrants, but it’s all part of the fun. And make no mistake:  Deadpool is very, very fun.

Deadpool is a movie very different from anything else out there — and that includes all of the comic-book movies before it.

To their credit, there isn’t a weak link among the supporting cast members, but the film rarely affords any of them much time in the spotlight.  Deadpool is, as the title suggests, a movie about Deadpool — and Reynolds proves more than up to the task of carrying the film.

Still, there are some great moments in the film that wouldn’t be nearly as effective without Baccarin’s fantastic chemistry with Reynolds and her capable delivery of some outrageous dialogue. The same could be said of Deadpool’s interactions with the two X-Men characters, who manage to hold their own in scenes they share with him and even create some memorable moments of their own.

On the other side of the camera, director Tim Miller will almost certainly field a lot of calls after his directorial debut with  Deadpool . Miller’s expertise in visual effects is showcased in the film’s impressive action sequences — and there are a lot of them — but he also seems to have a good knack for building the connective tissue between those scenes. The fractured nature of the narrative in  Deadpool  could have been a stumbling block for some filmmakers, but Miller stitched everything together seemlessly from Zombieland  screenwriting duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s script.

In the Marvel Comics universe, Deadpool has always been a subversive presence, and the degree to which the film’s cast and creative team have brought that subversiveness from page to screen is commendable in  Deadpool . It’s that very subversiveness, along with all of the other unique and eccentric aspects of the character that are at play during his adventures, that have always made Deadpool an unlikely recipient of the big-screen treatment. Fortunately, that sentiment wasn’t shared by Reynolds and the rest of the  Deadpool team that shepherded (and at times, dragged) the project from pitch to premiere.

And if there’s one thing that  Deadpool proves, it’s that even the most unconventional character can feel right at home on the big screen with the right team behind him.

(Oh, and make sure to stay through the end credits. You won’t be disappointed.)

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For better or worse, the DC Extended Universe has depicted some of the darkest moments ever seen in superhero media. This franchise started out especially grim, but it seems to have shaken off this image in the post-Snyderverse era.

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Netflix purchased the rights to writer Mark Millar's Millarworld imprint of comic book stories through Image Comics in 2017, but the results have been decidedly mixed so far. The live-action adaptation of Jupiter's Legacy was touted as Netflix's first big superhero franchise, but it was quickly canceled after a lot of fanfare. An anime adaptation of Supercrooks followed, and it had a much better reception. Now, Millarworld's third adaptation, The Chosen One, has arrived and it's already proven to be a sleeper hit after making the list of top 10 most popular shows on Netflix.

This series is based upon American Jesus, a comic book by Millar and Peter Gross that explored what would happen if the Messiah was reborn in the present as an ordinary boy with extraordinary gifts. Bobby Luhnow is headlining the series as Jodie, the kid who may be the second coming of Jesus Christ, with Dianna Agron as Sarah, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's Tenoch Huerta in a supporting role as Lemuel.

Deadpool Review

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(The following review doesn’t contain any major spoilers, but there are small details that some might wish to avoid before seeing the film.)

You can incinerate, eviscerate, even decapitate Deadpool, and he’ll keep on coming. One atrocity he barely survived, however, was Wolverine: X-Men Origins, in which the merc’s mouth was literally sewn shut. Deadpool heals those old wounds with an entertaining, brash origin story that finally showcases the potential of this atypical hero. The risks it takes with its leading man are sadly lacking elsewhere – in terms of plot and villains, Deadpool is disappointingly conventional. But thankfully there’s enough weirdness poking through to offset these more predictable elements.

One of the reasons Deadpool works is Ryan Reynolds, who seizes the chance to do right by the character. He’s charismatic, exuberant, and larger-than-life, which isn’t easy considering how much of the film he spends either in a full-body costume or beneath heavy prosthetics. It helps that the suit looks like it walked straight out of a Marvel comic, but it’s really brought to life by Reynolds’ physical performance and some subtle CGI on the mask to really give this the character the level of expression he requires.

And Reynolds doesn’t shut up for the entire movie. From the first minute, you’re bombarded with one-liners, put-downs, and metafictional asides. It’s relentless stuff. Inevitably, when you’re throwing out so many lines, there’s going to be quite a few duds, but Deadpool’s hit ratio is pretty good.

There’s plenty of crass humour, but Deadpool is strongest comedically when it gets weird, and places its hero in more unexpected situations, like taking a cab, doing his laundry, or relaxing at home while his blind elderly flatmate builds IKEA furniture. A quaint yet surreal tone underpins Deadpool’s best scenes, and it’s unlike anything I’ve seen in another superhero film. There’s a definite Monty Python influence at work, which comes to the surface with Deadpool’s wonderful take on Holy Grail’s unstoppable Black Knight. At times it feels more like a surreal sitcom than a big action-comedy, and that’s no bad thing. In fact, I wish there were more of these offbeat digressions.

Even though it takes plenty of risks with its central character, Deadpool plays it safe when it comes to its choice of plot and villains. It’s a relatively straightforward origin story which evolves into an equally straightforward tale of revenge. Wade Wilson falls in love, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and eventually enters a research programme that might cure him. Instead, he’s tortured and disfigured in an attempt to make him into a secret weapon. Wilson then spends the rest of the movie hunting down Ajax, the man in charge of this research project.

This idea of revenge works well in conveying how Deadpool differs from other costumed characters. Most superhero films typically feature a montage early on in which the hero has fun testing their newfound abilities – it usually involves leaping across rooftops – before accepting the responsibility of those powers and becoming a hero. Deadpool’s take on this sequence features him chasing leads and murdering those who have done him wrong with bloody style. While it is unexpected to see a costumed character use their newfound abilities to hurt and not help people, the revenge plot ultimately lacks bite and a satisfying conclusion since the targets are so weak.

As Ajax, Ed Skrein fails to become a truly threatening or memorable villain, since he’s given so little to do. He’s not helped by a general haziness surrounding his project to create super slaves either. At most, we get a sense these super slaves are being auctioned off to the wealthy and wicked, but there’s no hint at a deeper story being put into motion, and as a result the stakes don’t feel particularly high and Ajax feels little more than a stooge. There’s no evil plan for him to execute; in the end, he exists solely to be hunted. Meanwhile, the purpose of Gina Carano’s Angel Dust, as far as I can work out, is to hit things on Ajax’s behalf and look a bit moody.

In the comics, Deadpool marauds through the Marvel Universe, lampooning its heroes and creating unhinged mayhem. In the movie, however, he feels slightly constrained. The X-Men do feature – well, two to be exact – in an attempt to give Deadpool a bit more scale and tie him into a larger universe. It’s great to see more of Colossus on the big screen, and he’s played more comedically than his previous incarnations. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is also a fun addition, playing Colossus’s sullen trainee, but they’re used sparingly. Ultimately, it feels like Deadpool has been slightly confined in his first outing – maybe it’s because the present-day X-Men timeline is a bit up in the air, or simply budgetary reasons. To its credit, the movie is keenly aware of those problems, and in true Deadpool-style, turns it into yet another gag.

One area in which Deadpool doesn’t hold back is its gory, well-crafted action. The choreography is stylish throughout, with Deadpool switching elegantly between pistols and katanas, severing heads before round-housing them across the screen. He breaks bones and, simultaneously, the fourth-wall, providing amusing commentary on what’s going down, like exactly how many bullets he has left or whether he’s left the stove on. These are refined sequences full of creative violence and wit.

Wade Wilson has been successfully revived on the big screen in a movie that’s full of amusing one-liners, stylish action, and heaps of fan service. Weak villains and an unsatisfying revenge plot ultimately hold it back from being something more distinctive, but Deadpool delivers a large dose of unwholesome fun.

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