in about 100 words or less
UK/USA 117m, Colour
Director: Matthew Vaughn; Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong
Kick Ass is a hilarious and sometimes shocking coming of age film about a superhero-obsessed teenager who attempts to become a real-life comic book style crime-fighter. Despite an initial beat-down by local thugs, “Kick Ass” eventually attracts the attention and aid of other would-be superheros, as well as the wrath of a local mob boss. Suspending any disbelief in relation to the plot and the character’s abilities is a major requirement to enjoying this film. Chloë Grace Moretz’s terrific performance as the feisty and foul-mouthed 11-year-old known as “Hit Girl” joins the ranks of Paul Kersey and Harry Callahan as one of the most memorable and bad-ass vigilantes of all time (Klaus Ming April 2010).