Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

DVD - 2010
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Ordinary teenager and rabid comic-book geek Dave Lizewski captures the imagination of the public when he becomes the no-nonsense vigilante, Kick-Ass. After he teams up with the fearless father-daughter crime-fighting duo, Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, the three work together to take down the criminal empire of local Mafioso Frank D'Amico. But when D'Amico's son Chris is reborn as Red Mist, the showdown between the forces of good and evil will force Kick-Ass to live up to his name, or die trying.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Entertainment : Maple Pictures, c2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM KIC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 117 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 24, 2017

Superheroes are typically seen as people who can fly and have super strength. They are not regular high school students who simply decide to become heroes. Well, in this movie, a high school student does just that. He has no special powers nor is he adept in combat, as people who are trained would be. In this movie, we have superheroes who are just regular people like you and I. There is profanity in this movie and that partially accounts for its humour at times. Speaking of humour, this movie is also fairly comedic. For those who love action and humour mixed together, this may be a good choice.
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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JihadiConservative
Jun 20, 2016

I have wanted to see Kick-Ass ever since I saw the trailer over a year ago. What looked to be just another "by the numbers" sophomoric comedy turns out to be a brilliant and wickedly funny satire for adults.

This film isn't going to appeal to everyone and I'm not here to insult anyone on either side of the fence. I enjoyed the film and I see nothing wrong with it. If you don't like it that's fine too and if you don't think your kids should see it, then don't let them, it wasn't intended for kids, but I do believe that trailer marketed it to look like a much more innocent film. The R rating should be enough warning for parents to get the idea that this film isn't for children.

As far as the violence involving this young actress, I can remember many Little Rascal shorts that involved the rascals dragging adults across boards with nails in them or hitting them in the head with hammers etc, so this is not all that new to the world. I realize that this film shows violence that is way more graphic, but I also think we have become a little over sensitive and read way too much into everything these days.

There were similar reactions to 'The Exorcist' and 'Pretty Baby' in their day and since Linda Blair and Brooke Shields seemed to have turned out OK I see no reason for such commotion. Everything is open to individual interpretation and depending on your age you may not realize that this has been going on since the early stages of filmmaking. I remember eight Shirley Temple vehicles called 'Baby Burlesks' she made before her wonderful feature films that portrayed 3 year olds as adults which I find much more alarming that this film.

Now.....let's get to the movie. The casting is perfect with each of the four heroes having their own quirks and enough back story to propel this kind of film. Aaron Johnson plays the title character a Peter Parker type of nerdy school kid who without the aid of super powers decides he wants to fight crime. Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays "Red Mist" another school nerd who's father happens to be a gangster boss. Nick Cage gives one of his best performances as "Big Daddy" an ex cop who was framed and jailed for 5 years and wants nothing more than to crush those responsible. He enlists the aid of his pint sized potty mouthed daughter Mindy A.K.A. "Hit Girl" played by Chloe Moretz who absolutely owns this film! Moretz shows incredible chops here not only as an actress, but as a stunt person, she performs almost all her own stunts and her performance is amazing. I know some see this kid's character as child exploitation, but really each child is different and some are more mature that others and it is her parents responsibility not mine to see to it she can handle such a role.

While the film is extremely violent, it is portrayed much like in many comic books today which is a lot more disturbing than this film. I know that a lot of adults read comics, but comics are made for kids or at least that was their original intent, if comic books are going to have graphic violence, maybe there should be age restrictions on those too? I haven't seen an actual 'Kick Ass' comic book so I can't respond on how closely this movie portrays the comic, but I can tell you, this is easily one of the best comic book movies ever made.

The Blu Ray combo pack has a slick looking transfer and plenty of behind the scenes features for fans. I hope that this Blu Ray DVD combo trend continues as I really like having both Blu Ray and DVD as I haven't fully committed to Blu Ray and it's nice to have both formats in case I want to watch this film as someone's home who doesn't have a Blu Ray.

KICK ASS WILL KICK YOUR ASS BLOODY! IT IS BLOODY GOOD FUN AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS.

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RobbySmith333
Mar 02, 2016

awesome movie

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ronbpix
Mar 06, 2015

I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Hit Girl was really awesome!

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akirakato
Jan 03, 2015

This is a 2010 British-American superhero film based on the comic book of the same name by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.
It tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski, who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself "Kick-Ass".
Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy, a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the crime boss Frank D'Amico and his son, has trained his eleven-year-old daughter to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.
Even with suspension of disbelief, this film is a total waste of my time and one of the worst films I've ever seen in my life.
I thought that Hit-girl was dead once, but she appears again in the scene of the most violent and ruthless torture.
This unbelievable, irrational, illogical and unnatural rebirth made me stop watching the film.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2014

Move over Kick-Ass, consensus is that Hit-Girl is the star of the show. Super stunts and clever story with some but not too much geeky humor.

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geomillar
May 06, 2014

I really liked this silly little film.
It's not just a TEEN flick.

StirFry Mar 27, 2014

Loved it! I'm an older(early 60's) guy but I thought Hit Girl was awesome, punching-out those older dudes. Way to go! Of course, the story line was a toss-away but hey, that wasn't the point. It's all fantasy anyway, and I thought it did a great job of showcasing some great moviemaking skills.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 13, 2014

Now, here's a seriously screwy superhero movie that definitely had its head right up its ass. I think that a much more appropriate title for this utter nonsense would've been "Stupid-Ass".

It really made very little sense to me why the Dave Lizewski character felt that he had to literally play out his little, comic-book fantasy in real-life. Was Lizewski really so frickin' deluded and beyond common-sense thinking that he couldn't see the incredibly dangerous reality of the mission that he was about to embark on (even after he had been stabbed & beaten)?

And, speaking about the Big Daddy & Hit Girl characters - Like, what sort of a demented message was that business sending out to parents and their kids?

So, here we have a seriously fukked-up father who trains his 11-year-old daughter to be an utterly ruthless, insensitive, foul-mouthed killing-machine. And never once do the questions of morals, or ethics, or common-sense thinking ever enter into the horridly violent actions of the bitchy, purple-haired Hit Girl.

Yes. Of course, I do realize that this picture was, indeed, a "Comedy". But, from where I was sitting, I found its humor-factor to be extremely callous and cold-blooded in nature. This film literally stretched the point of its "jesting" to the absolute extreme, where it just couldn't sustain the insane momentum that it was creating and so it snapped under its own unbearable weight.

Mocha6ft3 Jan 10, 2014

I won't lie when i say i hesitated about seeing this movie. I thought it would be kind of corny even though i have read good reviews and my friend also said she read the same. So, i ventured out to find this movie on a weekday and play it on my HOMETHEATER! I can't believe the young man who's learning to be a super hero called "Kick- Ass" gets his booty kicked severly. And when i least expected it, he gets creamed by a vehicle! Damn!! I was not expecting that to happen while watching this. I was expecting light comedy and teenage curiosity. This movie caught me off guard!!! I also wasn't expecting Mr. Cage to be an unuasual crime fighter along with his very talented daughter,Hit Girl. This film was filled with many surprises that had me from the get go. Very good! Sound wise, it wasn't too shabby. There were some scenes that rocked as far as audio, but i believe most of the movie was "all around sound." This is the kind of movie i could watch more than once and it's a part of my collection. I really enjoyed this movie and i'm giving it 5 stars!!!!! For a story i thought would be corny and it wasn't, a bad guy and his son, "Hit Girl", "Big Daddy", and a smile on my face. Chopped lamb on yellow rice, lettuce, tomatoes, a few cucumbers, and lemmon aide.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 20, 2016

Sexual Content: Not a whole lot. A lot of references (some to masturbation). No nudity but some make out sessions. 4.5/10

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JihadiConservative
Jun 20, 2016

Violence: A wee bit of the ol' ultra violence. Ultra violence definition: Gore and more gore. Most of it caused by a 11 year old girl. 10/10

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JihadiConservative
Jun 20, 2016

Coarse Language: "F**k, C*nt, C**k" and much more. A lot of it is said by a 11 year old girl. 10/10

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Coarse Language: Every swear word that exists

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Other: Inappropriate humor. Gotta love it.

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Sexual Content: Some 'behind' nudity, lots of covered sex, like c'mon give us the nudity in an NC-17 version. Otherwise suitable for an R rating.

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Violence: At least 100 people die. Lots of good gore.

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Uh.... Gore is pretty scary. And all them fights... well, yeah.

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Irontap
Mar 11, 2014

Irontap thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

VancouverCanuck thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and under

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ray1man
Aug 14, 2013

ray1man thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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Red_Baboon_52
Dec 21, 2011

Red_Baboon_52 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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squisser
Sep 05, 2011

squisser thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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RichardPaul
Jul 07, 2011

RichardPaul thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

jgrnlees thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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Hreindyri
Sep 21, 2010

Hreindyri thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2014

Geek A: Yeah! I think I'm in love with her, dude.
Geek B: She looks like she's about 11 years old but...

Geek A: I can wait! I solemnly vow to save myself for her.
Geek B: I can see how that would be really difficult for you.

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

"I'm Kick-Ass."

unclebuck Aug 18, 2011

Damon Macready: So... Have you thought a little more about what you might want for your birthday?

Mindy Macready: Can I get a puppy?

Damon Macready: [surprised] You wanna get a dog?

Mindy Macready: Yeah, a cuddly fluffy one, and a Bratz movie-star make over Sasha!

[Damon is stunned]

Mindy Macready: [laughs] I'm just fucking with you Daddy! Look, I'd love a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife.

Damon Macready: [relieved] Oh, child... You always knock me for a loop!

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Dave Lizewski: Jesus, guys, doesn't it bug you? Like thousand of people wanna be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman.
Marty: Yeah, what's with that? She has like no tits at all.
Todd: Maybe it's the porn tape, he doesn't have a porn tape.
Marty: You guys never saw "One Night In Spiderman"?

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Dave Lizewski: With no power, comes no responsibility. Except, *that* wasn't true.

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Dave Lizewski: I always wondered why no-one did it before me. I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows... you think that one eccentric loner would've made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices so thrilling that I'm the only one who fantasized about this? Come on, be honest with yourself, at some point in our lives we all wanna be a superhero.

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jgrnlees
Jun 11, 2011

Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass (narration/voiceover): "In the world I lived in, heroes only existed in comic books. And I guess that'd be okay, if bad guys were make-believe too, but they're not."

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VancouverCanuck
Feb 01, 2014

Big Daddy dies

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bdls206
Jul 30, 2011

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

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SnuggleB68
Feb 11, 2011

Funny and entertaining

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