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DIRECTOR: Jeff Wadlow
CAST: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz and Morris Chestnut
RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes
When it first hit big screens in 2010, Kick-Ass was praised for its ability to shock and entertain viewers.
Just to allow the back of the class to catch up: Dave Lizewski (Taylor-Johnson) is a teenager who is also a masked superhero known as Kick-Ass. By the end of the first film, he has given up a life of fighting crime and picked up some Oxy 10 for those zits.
No, I’m kidding about that last bit. The pimples blend in with scars he gets from the frequent beatdowns he finds himself on the receiving end of in this second instalment.
Anyway, when we catch up with the gang, Kick-Ass has inspired a lot of civilians to also wear masks and get creative with their costumes in an effort to fight crime in their neighbourhoods.
Kick-Ass decides he wants to get back into the game. So he asks Mindy Macready (Moretz), who bunks high school every day but hacks into the school’s computer to give herself perfect class attendance, to train him.
She is, after all, the superhero known as Hit-Girl. She’s also under the guardianship of Detective Marcus Williams (Chestnut) as her father is dead. Under her tutelage, Kick-Ass always gets his butt handed to him by the bad guys and even Hit-Girl.
On the other side of the spectrum, after he accidentally kills his mother, Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse), a spoilt brat who finds it difficult to get over blaming Kick-Ass for his dad’s murder, inherits all his folks’ riches. So he decides to flip from being a superhero called Red Mist to a supervillain called The Motherf***er.
Yep, The Motherf***er. From where I’m sitting, Mintz-Plasse always manages to score the most memorable names in movies. You might remember him as McLovin in Superbad. But back to this movie.
The Motherf****r assembles a gang of goons to help him get revenge on Kick-Ass and, of course, Kick-Ass has Hit-Girl and a host of other good guys on his side. The fight scenes are quite long and laborious to sit through because most of them are so lacklustre.
The shock value is non-existent because the young cast oversay the C-word, the F-word, the MF-word – the only thing that’s missing is the N-word. The ironic humour is omnipresent, though.
The mean girls who go to high school with Dave and Mindy say things like “adorbs” and “Sweet Ryan Seacrest” and when Mindy accuses the vapid trio of girls of being worse than fanboys in front of Stan Lee, one of the girls rolls her eyes and asks: “Who’s Stan Lee?”
So, while the movie itself is far from impressive, the one-liners are chuckleworthy. Here’s a taste:
Battle Guy says realising that you are friends with Kick-Ass is like “finding out that your best friend is Will Smith”.
Or when Kick-Ass begs Hit-Girl to join him in fighting crime, like Batman and Robin, and her response is: “no one wants to be Robin… Robin wishes he was me.”
But the best is when The Motherf***er gives up on trying to train to become a mean fighting machine and announces: “My super power is that I’m rich!”
There are great performances from Mintz-Plasse, Chestnut and even a cameo appearance by Jim Carrey as a colonel who is the leader of Justice Forever, a crime-fighting group Kick-Ass joins. But as a whole, Kick-Ass 2 may leave your ass bored.
If you liked Kick-Ass you may want to give this one a chance.