Kick-Ass is an appropriately named movie, but if you listen to the media’s quick reviews of it as they try to categorize it, you might get the wrong impression.

This is a movie about a teenager who’s tired of seeing all the crap that goes on in his neighborhood and wonders why no one tries to be a superhero.  With that frame of mind, he buys himself a costume, makes himself some weapons and goes out to try to make a difference.  He has no super powers, no huge arsenal of weapons, just good intentions.

This is not really a comedy, folks.  If you’re expecting big laughs, you’ve gone to the wrong place.  This is a dark comedy, and in order to get the laughs that come from this movie, you need to not be afraid of graphic, gory, bloody violence.

Wait, that sounds bloody.  Isn’t there a little girl who’s also a superhero in this movie?

That’s right, there is, and she creates a lot of the blood.  Most who have seen the movie would agree that the character Hit Girl (played excellently by the perfectionist Chloe Moretz) kicks far more ass than the title character, played by Aaron Johnson.

I don’t want to give away too much, but the Kick-Ass character needs some help along the way, and he (providently) runs into Nicholas Cage’s “Big Daddy” character (and his daughter Hit Girl) who help him out of a jam and help him figure out how to be a better hero.

Initially I was a bit worried how Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from SuperBad) might fare in his role, and without giving away too much I’ll say that he was nearly perfect for the task.

Anyone not familiar with Clark Duke is going to be in for a pleasant surprise in this film, though as the best friend who doesn’t know the true identity of Kick-Ass, he was entertaining with his subtle brand of humor that he pulls off so well.

Lyndsy Fonseca is also another welcomed surprise.  She plays the love interest for Kick-Ass, and guys are likely to want to keep her in mind for future movie viewings.  She certainly gives me more reason to want to see Hot Tub Time Machine (also with Clark Duke, by the way).

I don’t want to give too much away about this movie, but it’s an enjoyable time if you don’t mind blood.  In fact, it’s rated 8.1 at IMDB.com, putting it in the Top 200 of all time.  If you think you can sit through some graphic violence with the occasional gratuitous splatter, I definitely recommend it.

Just don’t go into the movie viewing expecting some sort of Super Hero Parody movie with lots of laughs and silly gags.  There’s none of that here… and that’s a good thing.


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