Great Job, Internet!: Read This: On Bogart, Reynolds, and Deadpool’s traditional masculinity

Having made upwards of $260 million in the U.S. alone, Ryan Reynold’s raunchy, sarcastic superhero flick Deadpool has smashed all kinds of box office records. It was the biggest R-rated opening, the biggest opening for a 20th Century Fox feature, the biggest Valentine’s Day opening, and the biggest opening for a first-time director. And considering it did all of that with only a $50 million budget, it’s probably worth examining what made the film so popular and what it’s saying to its massive audience.

That’s exactly what Richard Brody does in a New Yorker article titled “The Deadpool Phenomenon And The American Male.” Though the film has been lauded for its gory, flippant, filthy style, Brody suggests that Deadpool is actually a far more conventional movie than its meta trappings would suggest (something The A.V. Club‘s own A.A. Dowd pointed out …

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