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Fans of Deadpool-the-character are an odd mix of fratbros and social justice types. He's a violent antihero mercenary straight from the Xtreme days of early 90s comics whose repartee tends toward adolescent humor, but he's also a mentally ill canon omnisexual whose superpower is also a disability. There was a concern that, with Hollywood involved, a Deadpool movie would pander too much to the former group at the expense of the latter.

Fortunately, that's not the case at all. While Deadpool-the-movie is even more full of filthy language, crude innuendos, and bloody violence than the comics – Parents, this is NOT Avengers! – most of its humor is as its own expense rather than punching down. It doesn't quite bat a thousand on social decency – there are a couple blink-and-you'll-miss-them trans jokes at the expense of a super-strong woman villain – but it comes a lot closer than one might expect from a Hollywood action movie, especially a hard-R one immersed in adolescent humor.

Deadpool is technically a Marvel movie, though it's off in the 20th Century Fox X-Men universe. (Whether Wade is a mutant or not is a loooong story.) But like any good Marvel movie these days, there are more heroes involved than just the headliner, and joining Wade are the X-Men's big metal Boy Scout Colossus and a newcomer calling herself Negasonic Teenage Warhead. Deadpool is best when his amorality is a result of genuine, relatable pain, and playing him off Colossus's preaching about heroism drives that home while also being funny.

While fans of the character may find it odd, Deadpool does have a pretty major romantic element, and the way its handled is also impressive. Wade Wilson himself, of course, is played by People's Sexiest Man Alive Ryan Reynolds, and the camera spends more time on his naked body than his girlfriend Vanessa's, played by Morena Baccarin. This is even more impressive considering Vanessa is a sex worker. Though it's implied that during the course of their relationship she moved from prostitution to working at a strip club, never is it suggested that this was because Wade expected or even suggested it. By Wade and the script itself, she is treated with every bit as much respect as any other hero's love interest – and, by the camera, more than many. Even in distress in her club dress – and as a self-aware superhero movie, it can be both assumed and forgiven that the love interest ends up in distress – she's not given the male-gaze treatment. It's something Hollywood is getting better about, but as long as Michael Bay is still making movies, it's still worth commending.

It's not a perfect movie, with a forgettable villain and a stock plot, but if you don't mind your humor firmly in the gutter, Deadpool is fun from the opening credits to the after-movie stinger. If you're offended by bigotry but totally cool with fart jokes, this movie is for you.