(2013) (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: In modern-day New York, regular people dress as superheroes and super villains and eventually do battle.
- Dave Lizewski (AARON TAYLOR-JOHNSON) is itching to return to the streets as his superhero alter-ego, Kick-Ass. So much so, that he asks Mindy Macready, a.k.a. Hit Girl (CHLOE GRACE MORETZ), to train him in all of the martial arts and weapons skills that her late father taught her growing up. But Mindy is torn between her vigilante past and her growing interest in living a normal life as a teenage high school student. She ultimately makes a promise to her surrogate father, Marcus (MORRIS CHESTNUT), to never go back to the costume and the danger.
As a result, Kick-Ass joins up with a motley crew of other normal everyday people who were inspired by his exploits in the first movie to become costumed superheroes too. The group, known as Justice Forever, is lead by Colonel Stars and Stripes (JIM CARREY) and includes Battle Guy (CLARK DUKE), who is really Dave's classmate Marty; Dr. Gravity (DONALD FAISON), who carries a tricked-out baseball bat; Night Bitch (LINDY BOOTH), a sexy masked heroine out to honor her murdered sister; Insect Man (ROBERT EMMS), a gay man who is out and proud and doesn't wear a mask; and Tommy's Dad (STEVEN MACKINTOSH) and Tommy's Mom (MONICA DOLAN), two parents who have lost their son and want to help others in need.
They are eventually challenged by Chris D'Amico (CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE), the son of the mobster Kick-Ass killed in the first film. Chris tried to be a superhero, but now finds it more rewarding to be a super-villain. With the help of a former associate of his father's named Javier (JOHN LEGUIZAMO), he rechristens himself "The Mother-F*cker" and recruits an army of other villains including the hulking Mother Russia (OLGA KURKULINA) to hunt Kick-Ass and the other heroes down and exact his revenge.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens will definitely have interest due to the action content and the fact that the three main characters are portrayed as high-school age.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.
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