1 hour, 57 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children.
DVD Features: Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Matthew Vaughn; "It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass" featurette; "The Art of Kick-Ass" gallery; Marketing Archive.
Aaron Johnson ... Dave Lizewski
Nicholas Cage ... Big Daddy
Chloe Moretz ... Hit Girl
Garrett M. Brown ... Mr. Lizewski
Clark Duke ... Marty
Evan Peters ... Todd
Deborah Twiss ... Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Katie
Mark Strong ... Frank D'Amico
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Chris / Red Mist
Geeky teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson "The Greatest"
) is a typical high school kid, obsessed with comic books and girls. His decision to put on a yellow and green spandex wetsuit and turn himself into a super-hero gets him a major ass-kicking, but it also makes him into an internet phenomenon. Unfortunately
it also puts him on the radar of the local crime boss, Frank D’Amico
(Mark Strong "Sherlock Holmes"), his spoiled rich-boy son Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse "Superbad")
and a "real superhero" father and daughter team of Big Daddy (Nicholas
Cage "National Treasure"), a dude in a Batman costume and
his daughter Hit
Girl (Chloe Moretz "(500) Days of Summer"), a foul-mouthed
11-year-old crime fighter who’s also acquired
superpowers. Hit Girl leaps and
jumps around the screen like Jackie Chan and may be one of the most
violent, characters ever seen on screen, but by the time Frank D'Amico is done with her, she’s a bloody mess.
Kick-Ass is based on the comic book created by Mark Millar and has been directed by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust") who intercuts the movie with cute captions and colorful artwork to create the impression of a comic book come-to-life. The only real complaint might be that there
aren't enough action sequences; but the ones there are, are exciting. Fortunately, the film has sufficient pace and the
actors have enough presence to carry things along without giving anyone time
to get bored. Mark Strong turns in a fine performance as the cartoon
villain and Nicholas Cage has finally broken his string of lackluster performances by
turning in the best parody of Adam West since the original Batman. But it's Chloe Moretz as Hit Girl who really steals the film. This is the movie that comic book movie fans have been waiting for, with non-stop excitement,
laughs, heart, and originality. It should do well enough that it will surely be followed by more of the same.