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action & adventure, comedy

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming.

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common sense

3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Superhero comedy is super-crass, super-twisted.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kick-Ass is a superhero action/comedy based on a popular comic book that kids will be eager to see. But be prepared: It features teen characters, and -- most notably -- an 11-year-old girl who dole out extreme violence (think slo-mo Matrix-style bloody gunshots to the head) and language (including "f--k" and "c--t" out of the mouth of the 11-year-old). Expect some conspicuous sex scenes between teens and references to drugs. It has some arguably good messages about taking action instead of standing by when bad stuff happens, but it also has a relentless, darkly humorous mean streak. Due to a strong marketing campaign, very positive buzz, and good early reviews, parents are going to have a tough time keeping teens away from this one.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the character of Hit Girl. Was the idea of a skilled, confident 11-year-old girl superhero cool, or disturbing? Or both? Why? Is she a role model, or a cautionary tale? What responsibility does the movie studio and filmmakers have to the young actress involved in an adult film like this?
  • Were the violence, language and sex necessary for this movie? How would it have played without them?
  • What do you think about the concept of a regular person becoming a superhero? What are the dangers involved? What are the benefits? Are courage and weapons enough? What are some realistic ways kids and teens can be "superheroes"?
  • Can you think of any real-life examples where someone stepping in when they saw something bad happening would have made a big difference?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Kick-Ass is a compendium of all sleazy things, and it sings like a siren to our inner Tarantinos.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Kick-Ass is ultra-funny, ultra-silly and ultra-geeky, but what Kick-Ass mostly is, is monumentally cool - this is the film the kids will be swearing about.

- Giles Hardie, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Full of action, humor, spunk, I laughed i cried, i was like holy shit. This was full bore action with dark humor. Chloe Moretz is just awesome as Hit Girl. I mean just brilliant.

- jmanard52, Thursday, August 5, 2010

3 stars

It was a pretty good movie with a different story from another superhero movies... It was brutal like '300' but humanly like 'Batman Begins'... The cast did a pretty good job too, even for Nicholas Cage... The one who stealing my attention here is Chloe Moretz, she is a really talented young actress and lovely as well... Matthew Vaughn did a really good job in this movie, I didn't read the comic before but I know that this movie was a great adaptation movie... Overall, even there are some scenes that bored me, but I enjoy watching this movie...

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Saturday, October 23, 2010

3 stars

It was aight

- jagfire, Saturday, October 23, 2010