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Kick-Ass

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    76%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    76%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    81%

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

Love this film and have watched it many times, excellent twist on the superhero theme and can't wait to watch the sequel when it arrives.

- stuartb1234, Sunday, January 13, 2013

3 stars

The film wasn't bad, it just wasn't the laugh out loud, ultra violent, entertaining film I've heard so much about & thought I was gonna get. the action was great, the music was very good, and some of the dialogue is pretty funny. It just didn't keep me very entertained a lot. lot of the time I was just waiting for something to happen or something funny to be said. Just sitting, watching a not very interesting protagonist. Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz are okay and Mark Strong is his normal great dickish self but the rest of the cast just doesn't appeal to me. It is okay for a first viewing but it does fall into a lot of teen film cliches and jokes too which are just predictable and cringeworthy

- skeletonking101, Saturday, March 30, 2013

4 stars

Amazing on many levels! Lives up the title and goes beyond! A visual treat combined with comic-like violence and a hint of every superhero story that is out there in the world today. The stabs at cliches in this film are far beyond brilliant, but after a while that is all this film does until the end, which is great, but it keeps it from having that "loving" type of feel. This movie is Hilarious, Gory, Dramatic, and Action Packed, what more could you want? This is one of the best films of 2011 for entertainment reasons, and I can watch it over and over again. Aaron Johnson kills it in the main role and the supporting cast all have their share of big moments as well. This is a great Superhero film, but that title is definitely up for debate. I love "Kick-Ass" for everything that it is, and everything that it is not.

- fb733768972, Thursday, August 15, 2013