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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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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 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:

Shut Up. Kick-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:

Kick-Ass 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:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Evan Peters and Aaron Taylor-Johnson both go on to play the Marvel character Quicksilver, Peters in the 20th Century Fox X-Men franchise, and Taylor-Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As Fox own the film rights to Quicksilver, Taylor-Johnson's character is named Pietro Maximoff. See more »

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When the teens are comparing Kick-Ass and Red Mist in the comic store, it is raining outside. When Katie and David go outside, the sky is clear and the streets have no signs of recent rain. 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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Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Published by Jett Pack Music, Inc. (BMI)
Licensed courtesy of Blackheart Records Group
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Kick-Ass simply kicked some ass
5 August 2013 | by joebloggscitySee all my reviews

A good fun film this one, but don't think this is some kids film (definitely not suitable for youngsters).

Our erstwhile young 'hero' wishes to escape his otherwise dull life and become a 'somebody' and be a hero. So dresses up to be a masked avenger like his comic book heroes. Problem is that he's a dweeb and troubles next to no-one. Along the way, he becomes a web sensation, gets caught up with a real hardcore vigilante father/daughter act and some big money villains.

The film magnifies everything. The violence is very violent, the jokes are very funny, and the language can be very coarse. Some of this will upset a few but it's not trying to ape any family friendly fare, but be very left-field.

The actors are near perfect for their roles, with a young 11-year-old girl stealing the film from all others with an incredible performance as being more kick-ass than anyone else there.

The soundtrack is brilliant, and you'll love the ride.

You have to give this a go. One of the most original and entertaining graphic novel conversions to the screen yet made. Recommended.


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