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Kick-Ass (2010)



Critic Consensus: Not for the faint of heart, Kick-Ass takes the comic adaptation genre to new levels of visual style, bloody violence, and gleeful profanity.

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Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's (Layer Cake) vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself Kick-Ass, and he can take a beating as good as he can dish one out. Before long, Kick-Ass has become a local sensation, and others are following his lead. Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) are a father-daughter crime-fighting duo who have set their sights on local mob heavy Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong). They're doing a decent job of dismantling Frank's sizable underworld empire when Kick-Ass gets drawn into the fray. But Frank's men play rough, and his son, Chris (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), is about to become Kick-Ass' very first arch nemesis. When Chris assumes the persona of Red Mist, the stage is set for a superhero showdown that could spell the end of Kick-Ass once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson
as Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Nicolas Cage
as Damon Macready/Big Daddy
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
as Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
Mark Strong (II)
as Frank D'Amico
Chloë Grace Moretz
as Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Omari Hardwick
as Sergeant Marcus Williams
Xander Berkeley
as Detective Gigante
Lyndsy Fonseca
as Katie Deauxma
Corey Johnson
as Sporty Goon
Jason Flemyng
as Lobby Goon
Kenneth Simmons
as Scary Goon
Randall Batinkoff
as Tre Fernandez
Garrett M. Brown
as Mr. Lizewski
Elizabeth McGovern
as Mrs. Lizewski
Deborah Twiss
as Mrs. Zane
Sophie Wu
as Erika Cho
Anthony Desio
as Baby Goon
Adrian Martinez
as Ginger Goon
Joe Bacino
as Posh Goon
Walle Jobara
as Nervous Goon
Tamer Hassan
as Matthew
Yancy Butler
as Angie D'Amico
Hubert Boorder
as Oscar Juarez
Johnny Hopkins
as 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius
as 2nd Gang Kid
Chris T.J. McGuire
as Diner Fight Guy1
Max White
as Diner Fight Guy 2
Dean Copkov
as Diner Fight Guy 3
Jacob Cartwright
as Running Teenager
Maurice DuBois
as News Anchor
Dana Tyler
as News Anchor
Dan Duran
as Reporter
Louis Young
as Breaking News Reporter
Katrena Rochell
as Female Junkie
Quinn Smith
as Big Mean Boy
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Critic Reviews for Kick-Ass

All Critics (268) | Top Critics (72)

Find one review that doesn't say that Hit Girl steals the show. She gets the best scenes, and actually complicates the plot... So, I guess you don't have to pass on Kick-Ass.

December 23, 2020 | Full Review…

The plot doesn't add up to much, but doesn't have to, as this is a film defined by its high-energy, go-for-it-whatever, convention-toppling spirit.

August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

f you're one of the many nerdy high school boys plagued with unpopularity and pimples, you'll adore the underdog story of Kick-Ass. But if you're one of the rest of us, you probably won't.

September 11, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Most of the lessons in Kick-Ass are juvenile, but Lordy are they stylishly told.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Forget Thor, Captain America, or anyone else the superhero movie craze has coming our way; I want more Kick-Ass!

August 13, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This movie made me feel old and out of touch in a way I can't quite describe, and while I can't imagine that was Vaughn's ultimate goal if it was to say he succeeded would be super-powered understatement.

April 29, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kick-Ass



Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

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Aaron Johnson is a very talented and charismatic young actor, and his character's adorable anti-charm, combined with the awesome fighting skills of Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl and the film's comic book style and bloody violence, makes this an endlessly fun superhero movie.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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The world of the visually violent comicbook movie probably first kicked off with 'Blade' way back in 1998 (honourable mention to the 1989 Punisher), although this film wasn't really ultra violent and filled with profanity. After that along came 'Watchmen' which offered a very realistic take on the superhero genre and was pretty gritty. Since then there hasn't really been that much until this graphic novel adaptation popped up with huge amounts of real violence and bucket loads of naughty words. It was like 'Robocop' for the comicbook genre. The actual plot isn't any different from your average superhero flick. Its basically an origins tale showing how a young 'Peter Parker-like' teen gets to grips with his life and sets out to become a superhero after making his own suit. There is no emotional death of guardians to push our hero along here admittedly, this guy just wants to fight crime but ends up getting in way too deep. The angle for this creation is the fact its set within the real world where people do get hurt and superheroes don't actually have super powers. Its a concept that may feel totally milked these days but back in 2010 it wasn't...that much. The character of 'Kick-Ass' is just a young male teen in a scuba suit with modifications and a couple batons, when he starts out he gets stabbed and beaten almost getting himself killed. The characters he meets up with later in the form of 'Big Daddy' and 'Hit-Girl' are also merely regular people but with good fighting and weapon skills. The bad guys they fight are normal everyday thugs, pimps, drug dealers, robbers and mobsters, its simply the real world. This is why the film is such a breathe of fresh air (for the time) and so intense. When we see fights going down we know its all for real and the heroes can't rely on any super powers or super weapons, anything could happen technically. Sequences such as...Hit-Girl kills a whole bunch of black drug dealer dudes with many amputations, Kick-Asses initial bloody brawls, when Big Daddy and Kick-Ass get captured and are beaten with bats and of course the excellent adrenaline rush when Big Daddy takes down mob boss 'Frank D'Amico's' warehouse of goons, are all brilliantly directed and visually slick but red raw with bone cracking realism. There are of course your typical superhero-esque visuals at times, some over the top martial arts and the odd moment that will challenge your suspension of disbelief. I guess that is bound to happen in most flicks of this nature just to add that tiny bit of fun fantasy, but in general this film is down to earth, seedy and gritty as hell. Despite the fact most of the characters are just kids, the film certainly isn't for kids with limbs and bullets flying, blood spurting everywhere, Hit-Girl swearing like there is no tomorrow and some nut crunching beat downs. The scene where Big Daddy is killed is especially dark and quite harrowing really, its shocking at first. Most of the characters aren't anything too special really. The stand outs obviously being Johnson as Kick-Ass who crosses between the obligatory comicbook character geek and a reasonably tough superhero (at times) really well. Moretz grabs your attention merely down to her age truth be told where as her character feels more like a lethal Christmas elf. But its clearly Cage as Big Daddy who wins the day for me, that brilliant Adam West sounding voice and 'Batman-esque' outfit, quite amusing. I would like to see a film centred around his character. I must also quickly mention that this entire idea may well have been pinched from the 1999 goofy superhero comedy spoof 'Mystery Men'. That film is all about a team of superhero wannabes that don't actually have any super powers but must somehow defeat a supervillain who also has no real super powers. The film is set within a realistic universe that visually copies and slightly mocks Gotham City but no one in that world actually has any super powers. So 'Kick-Ass' follows suit but goes down the violent route with dark comedy. Its a controversial movie for sure, what with the very young Moretz playing the loose lipped Hit-Girl and dressing in that slightly disturbing school girl outfit near the end. Oh and the fact she goes around slicing and dicing bad guys willy-nilly accompanied by a weird light-hearted music track at one point. Add to that a film that portrays all these youngsters getting involved in such brutal violence yet the film almost makes it look like fun n games in silly outfits. It did raise eyebrows when it came out and honesty I can see why, but personally I think these are the things that make the film stand out giving it some epic originality. I loved how they stuck to the source material (relatively), I loved seeing Kick-Ass starting out and getting his head kicked in, seeing him slowly get somewhere even though he isn't actually any good then being stupid enough to create his own Myspace. The film really does the origins thing well and makes you invested in the hero, you find yourself really wanting him to succeed and at the same time seeing how risky this field of work would be in reality (in case you ever thought about being a hero). The only thing that let it down for me was the very ending where things got a bit too superhero-ish and comicbook-like losing the dark realism. Easily one of the best graphic novel/comicbook adaptations and it wasn't watered down, they kept it as it should be.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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