[[LampshadeHanging Lampshades hung]] in live-action film.
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* Jason X has a few of these:
** "Hey guys, it's okay! He just wanted his machete back!"
** The entire Camp Crystal Lake holodeck program
* Bride of Chucky did this a little bit, particularly with the line "Let me put it this way. If this were a movie, it would take three or four sequels to do it justice." Then Seed of Chucky totally went off the deep end with its movie-within-a-movie plot in which Tiffany meets her own voice actress (Jennifer Tilly, playing herself).
* A cliché is lampshaded in ''Literature/NoCountryForOldMen''.
--> ''Chigurh is about to kill Carla Jean, and she knows it.''
--> '''Carla Jean''': You don't have to do this.
--> '''Chigurh''': People always say the same thing.
--> '''Carla Jean''': What do they say?
--> '''Chigurh''': They say, "you don't have to do this".
* In ''Film/{{Lockout}}'', Snow forestalls objections to the stupidity of the plan by insulting it himself:
--> Don't get me wrong. It's a dream vacation. I mean, I load up. I go into space. I get inside the maximum-security nuthouse. Save the President's daughter, if she's not dead already. Get past all the psychos who've just woken up. I'm thrilled that you would think of me.
* ''Film/{{Titanic}}'': Rose has an upperclass background and is engaged to a rich man, while Jack is just a vagabond.
--> '''Rose''': When the ship docks... I'm getting off with you.
--> '''Jack''': This is crazy.
--> '''Rose''': I know. It doesn't make any sense.
* The 2010 film ''Film/TheATeam'' lampshades the improbable scene of the Team attempting to use a ''RecoilBoost'' to safely land a falling tank:
-->'''Commander''': Are they trying to shoot down that other drone?\\
'''Sosa''': No, they're trying to fly that tank.
* The 2012 film ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' is one huge lampshade-hanging exercise.
* In the 2011 film ''Film/TheMuppets'' after the exposition of the characters' seemingly insurmountable obstacle, Amy Adams' character quips, "This is going to be an awfully short movie."
** They also lampshade almost everything else in the movie, but the standout has to be the musical numbers, which earn commentary ranging from "I've made up my mind, and I just sang a song about it" to having a large number of extras collapsing in an exhausted heap when they can finally stop singing the opening song.
* About the film ''{{Casablanca}}'', from p. 372 of the screenwriting book Story by Robert [=McKee=]:
-->Ferrari is the ultimate capitalist and crook who never does anything except for money. Yet at one point Ferrari helps Victor Lazlo find the precious letters of transit and wants nothing in return. That's out of character, illogical. Knowing this, the writers gave Ferrari the line: "Why I'm doing this, I don't know, because it can't possible profit me..." Rather than hiding the hole, the writers admitted it with the bold lie that Ferrari might be impulsively generous. The audience knows we often do things for reasons we can't explain. Complimented, it nods, thinking, "Even Ferrari doesn't get it. Fine. On with the film."
** The implication is clearly that he's so charmed by Mrs. Lazlo that it inspires him to an act of impulsive gallantry.
* A Double-Lampshade Hanging happens in a single scene of the [[NoFourthWall fourth wall-less]] biopic ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople'': Factory Records owner Tony Wilson is caught red-handed by his wife while he is receiving fellatio from a prostitute. His wife then retaliates by immediately seducing Howard Devoto, the lead singer of the band The Buzzcocks. Tony catches the pair having sex in a toilet stall. The real Howard Devoto, portraying a janitor cleaning the bathroom sink, then turns to the camera and says "I definitely don't remember this happening." There is then a disclaimer read by the actor playing Tony Wilson, stating that this incident indeed never actually happened.
* In ''ThePerfectScore'' the thieves planning to steal the SAT [[spoiler: enter the door code to open the door to the room where they expect the SAT has been filed.]] One character says, "Ladies and Gentlemen I give you..." [[spoiler: "...a complete waste of time." The room turns out to be COMPLETELY empty. One of the characters says "Wait, why would anyone lock the door to this?"]]
* In the BlaxploitationParody ''ImGonnaGitYouSucka'', one of the small-time thugs has a shoot out with a protagonist, but ends up running out of ammo. However, the protagonist has plenty of ammo left. "Hold on a minute!! You just shot 12 times with a 6-shot revolver [[BottomlessMagazines without reloading]]!!" The protagonist smugly replies, "Whatcha gonna do about it?"
* In ''SnakesOnAPlane'', after Creator/SamuelLJackson's character explains to his superiors that the bad guy has filled the plane with deadly snakes, the superior comments, "What kind of insane plan is that?"
* Perhaps the most delicious use of this is in ''AustinPowers: The Spy Who Shagged Me'':
-->'''Austin:''' So, Basil, if I travel back to 1969 and I was frozen in 1967, presumably I could go back and look at my frozen self. But, if I'm still frozen in 1967, how could I have been unthawed in the nineties and traveled back to the--oh no, I've gone cross-eyed.\\
'''Basil:''' I suggest [[BellisariosMaxim you don't worry about those things]] [[MST3KMantra and just enjoy yourself.]] ''(to camera)'' [[NoFourthWall That goes for you all, too.]]\\
'''Austin:''' Yes.
** Or when Austin is supposedly driving around England:
-->'''Austin:''' You know what's remarkable? [[CaliforniaDoubling Is how much England looks in no way like Southern California.]]
* ''TheForbiddenKingdom''
** Jason Tripitakas' last name is a lampshade hanging of his role as well as the story's roots in ''JourneyToTheWest'' (Tripitaka is a title of the monk Xuanzang, and as in the novel it's the other leads [JetLi and JackieChan] that really make this story). For laughs, his being one of the only non-Chinese in the whole cast is lampshaded by Jet Li.
-->'''Jet Li:''' He's the Seeker? He's not even Chinese!
** The best explanation for ancient Chinese people speaking English ever. Initially, when Jason gets dumped in China, everyone speaks Chinese. Then Jason mentions that he can't understand, and Jackie Chan states, in Chinese-Accented English, "That's because you're not listening!" Thereafter, [[TranslationConvention everyone speaks English.]]
* In ''Film/IronMan1'' , once Tony has come to accept that he's become a superhero, he proceeds to go on a little spiel describing in detail all of the trials he'll have to go through now, particularly identity crises and having to let the woman he loves in on it so she'll be up all night worrying about him. In short, all of the comic book movie clichés. [[spoiler:And then magnificently subverts them by straight-out announcing his secret identity at a press conference.]]
** His doing so was not only lampshaded but foreshadowed by Tony in his semi-sober speech as he displayed the Jericho weapons system at the very start of the [[strike:film]] trailer: "Is it better to be feared, or respected?" As the dust and wind from the weapon's rather severe success billows toward and past him from behind, Tony finishes, "I say, is it too much to ask for both?"
** Also, the set-up SHIELD had created (that Iron Man was Stark's bodyguard) is [[MythologyGag exactly what happened in the comic book for decades]], so they're even lampshading some comic book weirdness which wouldn't fly today.
** In the second film, they lampshade the [[TheOtherDarrin new actor playing Rhodey]] by having him say (to Tony's surprise at seeing him) "I'm here, it's me, get over it."
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''
** The story borrows themes and ideas from from ''Theatre/KingLear'', ''ParadiseLost'' and ''MobyDick''. Guess what books are on Khan's shelf.
** There's a lingering shot of the (2D) chessboard when Chekhov and Terrell first enter Khan's cargo container refuge, [[spoiler: foreshadowing the way Kirk defeats Khan at Spock's suggestion - "His pattern indicates 2-dimensional thinking."]].
** It also borrows from ''ATaleOfTwoCities''. Guess which book Spock gives to Kirk as a birthday present.
** The age of the actors, a fact that the previous movie tried to gloss over, became a major plot point for this movie as Kirk hits 50 and has a mid-life crisis.
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', discussing what to do about Nero brings about a lengthy explanation that Nero's actions, beginning with his attack on the ''USS [[strike:Calvin]] Kelvin'' decades ago have altered the timeline and created an [[AlternateUniverse alternate reality]], thereby justifying why the film is so [[ContinuityReboot radically different from the canon.]] Spock even says so himself: "Whatever our lives might have been if the time continuum was disrupted -- our destinies have changed." He might as well have just looked right at the camera while saying it.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest''
** When an improbably destructive obstacle impedes two of the heroes' headlong rush to save themselves:
-->'''Gwen [=DeMarco=]:''' What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn't have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?\\
'''Jason Nesmith:''' 'Cause it's on the television show.\\
'''Gwen [=DeMarco=]:''' Well forget it! I'm not doing it! [[WhoWritesThisCrap This episode was badly written!]]
** This is far from the only lampshade hanging in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', since it's about sci-fi actors living out a real version of their fictional adventures.
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''. Marshall Willenholly is being shot at by two female criminals.
-->'''Willenholly:''' Why are you shooting at me? I'm just a Federal Wildlife Marshall.\\
'''Chrissy:''' Two reasons. One: we're walking, talking, bad girl clichés.\\
'''Missy:''' And two: because you're a man.
** Also:
-->"I mean, a movie about two stoners who spout catch phrases? Who'd want to see that?" All three actors then look at the camera, and Silent Bob smiles.
* ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy'':
** In ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', when the DramaticWind blows through for about the eleventeenth time, Brendan Fraser's character remarks, "That happens a lot around here."
** In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'':
--->'''Jonathan:''' Tell me more about this gold pyramid.\\
'''Ardeth Bey:''' It is written that since ancient times, no man who has laid eyes upon it has ever returned to tell the tale.\\
'''Jonathan:''' Where ''is'' all this stuff written?
** In the third movie, ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'', an audience member asks Evelyn if the fictional character in the book she wrote is [[AuthorAvatar based on herself]]. She responds, "Honestly, I can say she's a completely different person." And that's when you realize that the character of Evelyn is being played by a different actress than in the first two ''Mummy'' movies.
* In ''Thumbtanic'', a character blatantly violates the maxim of [[TakeOurWordForIt "Show, Don't Tell"]] by narrating the sinking of the ''Thumbtanic'', similar to a description of how it is portrayed in the film ''{{Titanic}}''. After several seconds of this, he says "Oh, if we were ever to film this it would cost ''so--much--money!''"
* In the deliberately (and lovingly) trope-ridden action-fest ''FIlm/ShootEmUp'', Paul Giamatti's villain Hertz points out exactly what the audience has been thinking, as Clive Owen's gun-toting action hero Mr. Smith takes down hundreds of bad guys without suffering a single wound himself, saying, "Do we really suck, or is this guy really that good?"
** "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch."
* In ''Film/IRobot'', Spooner, who has an intense fear of heights, comments on the "messed up" building design that forces the characters to walk out over an incredible drop, across very thin walkways, [[NoOSHACompliance '''without safety rails''']], in order to access the only service terminal to a giant computerbrain.
* Played straight in ''Film/TheCore''. After discovering that [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the Earth is doomed]], the protagonist is summoned to a meeting at the Pentagon to explain the problem to the military. When asked what can be done about it, he dives into a passionate, in-depth explanation of why ''the plot of the movie they're in'' is impossible (in short: there's no way they could possibly get to the core in the first place). The answer he gets is "Yes, but... what if we ''could''?" In addition, less than five minutes later in the movie, the impossible substance that makes the whole story possible is dubbed "{{Unobtainium}}". (WriterRevolt might be involved, specially because ExecutiveMeddling tried to make the movie [[UpToEleven even dumber]]).
** The "{{Unobtainium}}" bit was also done by James Cameron in ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' for similar purposes.
* ''Film/TopSecret'': "It all sounds like some bad movie!" Followed by both of the characters turning to stare directly at the camera.
* 2006's ''Love And Other Disasters'' has several segments where characters discuss what they and their lives would be like if they were actually in a movie.
* In ''Waiting...'', Mitch hangs one enormous lampshade on the entire movie during the party at the end.
* In the sequel to ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', they just say outright that George is being played by a different actor. George himself tells the narrator: "Me new George. [[PoorMansSubstitute Studio too cheap to pay Brendan Fraser]]". (actually it was because Fraser was doing ''LooneyTunesBackInAction''... yeah). And amends with the character's CatchPhrase ("New George just lucky, I guess").
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''
** After a gun accidentally goes off, improbably [[spoiler:missing everyone but killing the cat]], the characters look aghast. Murphy shouts, "I cannot believe that just fucking happened!"
** Also in ''Boondock Saints'' when Agent Smecker considers the (true) theory of "assassins rappelling through the ceiling and disposing of nine dangerous mobsters in several seconds". He says "You see such things in bad television". Moments later, in flashback this trope is parodied when brothers seem surprised that all went so quickly and Murphy says that it was very different from shootouts portrayed in the movies.
* In the film version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', Ford Prefect is played in an American accent by American actor Mos Def; his mentioning having come "not from Guildford after all" takes on a slightly surreal edge presumably unintended by Douglas Adams. Later, Arthur mentions wondering about Ford's atypical accent.
* This is all over ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
** The scene where the cartoonist has a heart attack and dies. Come to think of it, this could be used to describe the film....
** The bit with coconuts....
** The ending, where [[spoiler:the knights are taken away by police for their vicious murder of a historian in the middle of the movie.]]
* There's a scene in the ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie where Creator/JessicaAlba's character comments on the the fact that, from a scientific point of view, she should be unable to turn invisible and still see since the cones in her eyes would also be invisible and utterly incapable of reflecting light. In this case, it seems less of a [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth wall breakage]], and more an attempt to take the wind out of the sails of any internet nerds likely to bring it up on a blog.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part III'', Doc insists that true love at first sight is a ridiculous concept with no scientific basis and can't possibly ever happen in real life. Then he meets Clara.
* 1990 film ''Film/DieHard2''
-->'''[=Holly McClane=]''': [after the terrorist attack] Why does this keep happening to us?\\

* In ''MemphisBelle'', two militfary reporters jadedly review the makeup of the [[BadassCrew titular plane's crew]], commenting on how predictable a selection of men they are: "There's always a religious type." "There's always one from Cleveland." This is likely a lampshading of the [[TheSquad stereotypical ensemble casts]] featured in old WWII films.
* The 1970s version of ''Film/KingKong'' lampshaded its own [[SpecialEffectsFailure lame special effects]]: "What do you think knocked those trees down? Some guy in an ape suit?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/BattleForTerra'', General Hammer's [[spoiler:terraforming device will take seven days to turn the planet Terra into a habitable one for human life]], an obvious reference to Genesis. General Hammer reiterates, "Seven days, Jim," then follows it up with, "Very biblical, don't you think?"
* In the beginning of ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'', BruceWillis's character is explaining the mechanics of a KansasCityShuffle to a man in a train station. The explanation itself turns out to be ''part of'' a Kansas City Shuffle, when Willis [[spoiler:gets the man to look right, then goes left, getting out of his wheelchair, and snaps the man's neck.]] This is also a reference to the fact that the ''entire plot'' of the film is, in fact, a Kansas City Shuffle.
* ''RearWindow'': More than one character points out WhatAnIdiot Thorwald would have to be to leave his blinds open all the time he was covering up his wife's murder.
* In ''Agent Red'', a Creator/DolphLundgren masterpiece, a character asks his character, "Never heard of the Agent Red?" to which he replies "It sounds like a bad action movie." and then there's a {{Beat}} and a brief AsideGlance.
* In the 1990 ''Film/CaptainAmerica1990'' film, the impracticality of Cap's outfit is lampshaded by the man himself saying that Dr. Vaselli -- the same woman who created the super soldier process, the shield, and yes, even the fire-proof costume -- "didn't know much about camouflage," to which another character replies "but she sure did love the red, white, and blue!"
* In ''Film/XMen1'', during the scene in which {{Wolverine}} becomes acquainted with the X-Men team and their adversaries, he repeatedly draws attention to their goofy code names. Later in the film, Cyclops heads off fanboy criticism by remarking on the film's deviation from classic ''X-Men'' outfits: "Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" (In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', the uniforms ''are'' yellow, and the reaction is "Do we actually have to wear these?") Magneto takes the opportunity to subtly lampshade Wolverine's SpotlightStealingSquad nature in each movie of the trilogy:
--> "Once again, you think it's all about you."
* ''Film/{{Barbarella}}''. "What's that screaming? (pensively) Dramatic situations often start with screaming." This lamp needed a shade, because what she finds is some mooks tormenting Pygar the angel: they've got nothing to scream about, and Pygar is too angelically dignified to scream. So it looks like nobody screamed, it really was just a dramatic device.
* In 2010's ''Film/TheExpendables'', in the epilogue, Barney comments to someone how they miraculously came back from the dead, then Gunnar suddenly appears and replies that he's grateful that his friend still let him live instead of going all the way to ShootTheDog.
* ''Film/FatalInstinct''
** The phrase "FlashBack, Cape Cod 3 years earlier" is written on a fogged up mirror.
** For purposes of secrecy Lana Ravine and her mechanic lover [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage speak in Yiddish to each other]], with subtitles for the audience. A man tells them he understands what they're saying, not because he can speak Yiddish but because he read the subtitles.
* In ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', after the obligatory put your hands in the center moment including a dog (while the characters are in a treehouse), the eldest member asks "How does a dog get up here anyway?"
* In ''Film/{{Alien}}'', when the motion detector is introduced and explained as detecting "micro changes in air density" (even through walls and ceilings!), one of the engineers on the ship remarks "bullsh**". Later on, Ripley says something to the effect of "micro changes in air pressure my ass" after the detector fails to pick-up a door opening.
* In ''Film/{{Troll}}'', the woman who helps the protagonist defeat the title creature has a magical mushroom as a pet and actually puts a lampshade on it every time someone visits her. It's like someone went back in time to put that in just to make it fit the name of this trope!
* In ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'', when Michael has hijacked a car, there is the question of whether he can drive - he's been institutionalized since he was a little boy
-->'''Wynn:''' Sam, Haddonfield is a hundred and fifty miles from here. How could he get there, he can't drive?\\
'''Loomis:''' He was doing all right last night. Maybe somebody around here gave him lessons.
* ''NunsOnTheRun'' hung one about the silliness of the plot.
-->'''Sister Superior:''' My Lord, thou hast always moved in mysterious ways thy wonders to perform, but this latest wonder takes some beating even from you.
* ''Eliminators'' (1986):
-->"We got robots, we got cavemen, we got kung fu. What is this anyway, some kinda damn comic book?"
* In ''Film/TheAbyss'', after [[spoiler:the alien base rises out of the sea and everyone gets out of the sub that raised up with it]], Lindsey calls attention to the fact that they didn't go through decompression and should be dead before completely forgetting it. The novelization takes a moment to point out that these are aliens who use water as a tool. They can fix all that stuff.
* In ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', Rizzo notes "He died? [[NeverSayDie But this is supposed to be a kid's movie!]]"
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' Jack Sparrow lampshades one of his own [[CrazyEnoughToWork insane, but effective, stunts.]]
--> '''Lord Cutler Beckett:''' [Jack is about to light a cannon that's pointed at the mast] You're mad.
--> '''Jack Sparrow:''' Thank goodness for that, 'cause if I wasn't this would probably never work. [fires the cannon, which catapults him onto his ship, landing safely on his feet behind his crew]
--> '''Jack Sparrow:''' And that was without even a single drop of rum.
* Ian's GenreSavvy line in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' movie: "Oooh, ahhh. That's how it always starts. Then later there's [[OhGodWithTheVerbing the running, and the screaming]]."
* In the JohnnyDepp [[TheMovie version]] of ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie asks Willie Wonka, "Do you remember the first candy you ever ate?", prompting a [[{{Flashback}} flashback scene]] to Willie's childhood. When the scene returns to the present, the factory visitors are staring at Wonka, who shrugs and says "Sorry, I was having a flashback."
* In ''Gremlins2ANewBatch'' the writers respond to critics of the 3 Mogwai Rules set in the first film by having a Clamp Corp control room worker obnoxiously point out, "It's always midnight somewhere!", right before a gremlin bursts through his monitor panel and kills him.
* From ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'':
-->'''Mcgonagall:''' Why is it that when something happens it is always you three?
-->'''Ron''':Believe me Professor, I've been asking myself the same question for six years.
** From the same film
--> He's covered in blood again. Why is he always covered in blood?
** And:
--> '''Dumbledore:''' "I suppose you are wondering why I called you here?"
--> '''Harry:''' "Honestly, Professor, after all these years I just go with it."
** From ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part II'':
--> '''Harry Potter:''' We have to go there, now.\\
'''Hermione:''' What? We can't do that! We've got to plan! We've got to figure it out!\\
'''Harry:''' Hermione, when have any of our plans ever actually worked? We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose!\\

* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. Henry Jones (Indy's father) directly calls out how the film treats his profession with "You call this archaeology?"
* In the low-budget B movie ''Street Angels'', right after the main character explains his plan (which is also a brief summary of the film's plot), the woman he's talking to comments "That sounds like the plot of a low-budget B movie."
* ''ParisWhenItSizzles'' is a movie about a screenwriter and his typist, where the writer is drawing inspiration directly from their own lives and situation. Because of his cynicism, and the typist's smarts, the lampshades are thicker than the sexual tension.
* In an early scene in ''Franchise/StarWars: RevengeOfTheSith'', when Anakin and Obi-Wan are passing around the IdiotBall, we get the following exchange:
-->'''Obi-Wan''': Wait a minute! How did this happen? We're smarter than this!
-->'''Anakin''': Apparently not.
* ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' features Creator/GeorgeLazenby in his only outing as James Bond, following Sean Connery in the series. During the opening sequence he fails to get the girl, prompting the line:
-->This never happened to the other fellow!
* ''Film/FrightNight'':
-->'''Vincent''': If we can destroy the vampire who changed her before sunrise, she'll be okay.
-->'''Brewster''': Will that work?
-->'''Vincent''': Everything's gone like in the movies so far!
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' benefits strongly by having the narrator and his grandson be parts of the movie. As one reviewer put it, the kid's reaction to some of the more fantastic elements helps recalibrate the audience by allowing his grandfather to (essentially) invoke the MST3KMantra.
** The movie actually downplays the framing story compared to the book, as well as leaving out the multiple places where the author interrupts his narration of the "famous Florinese novel" his grandfather read to him and talks directly to the audience about story mechanics.
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