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Kick-Ass (2010)

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

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Matthew Vaughn

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson ... Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass (as Aaron Johnson)
Garrett M. Brown ... Mr. Lizewski
Evan Peters ... Todd
Deborah Twiss ... Mrs. Zane
Lyndsy Fonseca ... Katie Deauxma
Sophie Wu ... Erika Cho
Elizabeth McGovern ... Mrs. Lizewski
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Chris D'Amico / Red Mist
Stu 'Large' Riley ... Huge Goon (as Stu Riley)
Johnny Hopkins Johnny Hopkins ... 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius ... 2nd Gang Kid
Mark Strong ... Frank D'Amico
Michael Rispoli ... Big Joe
Corey Johnson ... Sporty Goon
Kenneth Simmons ... Scary Goon
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Storyline

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with a few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training. Written by Daniel J. Leary

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Taglines:

I can't fly. But I can kick your ass. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ateini čia arba gausi i duda! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£3,881,704 (United Kingdom), 4 April 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,828,687, 18 April 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,071,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,188,903
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage modeled his speech mannerisms as Big Daddy on original Batman (1966) Adam West. According to Matthew Vaughn, Cage started acting out his lines this way at the first costume fitting. Vaughn was happy for Cage to continue with this performance in the film, citing his irritation with the gravelly voice Christian Bale used in The Dark Knight (2008). See more »

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During Kick-Ass' first mission, he is hit by the car just after the car thief stabs him. The scene cuts to Dave in an ambulance, where a paramedic puts a neck brace on Dave after he is on the stretcher. Patients with suspected neck injuries are supposed to be fitted with a neck brace before they are loaded onto a stretcher. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dave Lizewski: I always wondered why nobody 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.
Dave Lizewski: That's not me,by the way. That's some Armenia guy with a history of mental health problems.
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KICK-ASS kicked my ass
16 April 2010 | by pgtmatrixSee all my reviews

This is definitely the best movie of 2010 so far, hands down. Not only is it insanely funny throughout, it has a great story and in-your-face action that will (pun intended) kick your ass.

It's the story of a high school comic book nerd who decides he's going to take up being a costumed hero because no one else will. Early on he discovers that society could care less about the evils that be, and he takes it upon himself to do something about it. But of course none of the "super heroes" in the movie actually have powers, because it's about real people kicking real ass. Early on you'll find the protagonist, Dave, is a pushover and even as his costumed alter-ego, Kick-Ass, he can't succeed in anything he does. He comes off as an extremely unlikable character, but as the story unfolds and he gets mixed up with other costumed heroes who really do kick ass, he slowly becomes the perfect anti-hero and a character which will most likely be a new icon in popular culture.

The script for the film is remarkably well written and it managed to combine hilarious comedy with incredibly graphic, stylized violence. Never have I seen a movie that combined the two so well. One moment, you'll be crying from laughter and the next you'll be squinching at a little girl slaughtering grown men with the slightest of ease.

The directing was top-notch and this is the first film i've seen from Matthew Vaughn. If Kick-Ass doesn't put him on the map as one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood then I don't know what will.

The acting was superb from the entire cast, especially from veteran Nicolas Cage. He played his part perfectly and I couldn't see any one else as Big Daddy. As impressed as I was with Cage's performance, I was blown away with how well Chloe Moretz, Hit-Girl, played her part. She definitely stole the show.

I honestly couldn't recommend this movie more, and it has become one of my new personal favorites. Kick-Ass is a film about finding your identity and daring to do something no one else will. Yet it's also an intricate tale of revenge, which is masterfully crafted to be one of the most entertaining pieces of fiction I have ever had the pleasure of viewing.

10 out of 10


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