Trashing The Fourth Wall

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 24 2012 @ 8:16pm

Today's genre movies have to wink at audiences in order to survive:

As much as it is straightforward entertainment, "21 Jump Street" is a buddy cop movie about buddy cop movies, a film in which a significant part of the humor — Ice Cube mugging as an angry police captain while his cop-baiting "Straight Outta Compton" verse plays on the soundtrack, say — depends on viewer savvy and facts that can’t be located within the script. … Viewers raised on a steady diet of 15-tab Internet browsing and "Family Guy" are fundamentally more clever than they used to be; when the new "21 Jump Street" mocks its own premise by including a line about how the creators of the revived "Jump Street" program were "out of ideas," no one in the audience is likely to miss the joke.