1. Deadpool doubles down on the profane
Deadpool is Cards Against Humanity come to life. The "jokes" are sick, the jokes are cruel, the jokes... aren't really jokes. Saying "sandpaper dildo" doesn't have a punchline. But Ryan Reynolds can work with that. The actor spent nearly a decade waiting for his chance to play Deadpool; the character even appears in crude form in 2009's horrid X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Truthfully, it's the perfect role. Reynolds has built a career out of mouthing off, and Deadpool rattles off one-liners like he's cranking a gatling gun. Deadpool's physicality becomes a source of comedy, too -- a scene where the regenerating hero breaks all four appendages is like a lost scene from Roger Rabbit or The Mask. Reynolds is quick on every trigger.
If only each joke moved like a bullet. Turns out, the 18th testicle reference isn't as funny as the first. Referring to his bald-headed sidekick Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) as "Sinéad O'Connor" is an insult time-warped in from 1990. There are ace wisecracks spat out over the course of Deadpool, but they're swept up in an assault of "shits," "damns," and "fucks." I sound like a prude. But this is swear comedy from fifth grade, not sly comedy. Reynolds can, and has, done better, and the hired comedy relief, Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller, barely gets a word in.