Kick-Ass is stirring up controversy, mostly because of the foul language and violence swirling about its star, young Chloe Moretz, now 13. Moretz plays a superhero of sorts, a gun-totin’, daddy-lovin’ prepubescent lass dubbed “Hit-Girl” who clobbers grown men, is clobbered in return, spews profanity like a hardened convict and, of course, saves the day. She uses the c-word. Both of them.
A lot of people apparently don’t like this. They see it as sinful. They might be right, but the biggest sin that Kick-Ass commits, to my way of thinking, is the imposition of boredom on its audience.
Does the idea of a little girl raising all that hell make you want to see the film? If so, knock yourself out, because that would be the only reason to waste your time and money. The plot is standard comic-book crap: Nerdy teen boy (imagine a movie with a character like that!) dreams of being a hero, mostly to impress the girl who ignores him. He gets his wish in the way only dumb movies like this can contrive, and is soon involved in ridiculous exploits with cardboard villains.
The introduction of “Hit-Girl” and her ex-cop daddy (Nicolas Cage) is mildly amusing. When she swears and fights, it looks like an 11-year-old girl following a director’s instructions. That didn’t bother me so much. Everything else about the film certainly did. Grade: D
Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Lyndsy Fonseca, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Sophie Wu Release: 2010
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