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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

Writers:

Jane Goldman (screenplay), Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 ... 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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I can't be invisible. But I can kick your ass. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

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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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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Most of the New York license plates are the blue-on-white style in use since 2001, but some are blue-on-orange, which was discontinued in 1986. New York started reissuing "retro" blue-on-orange plates in April 2010, but they are a new style, with a blue band across the top, not the 1980s style seen in this film. See more »

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[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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The film has a 2009 copyright year in the credits. See more »

Connections

References Step Brothers (2008) See more »

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This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us
(Ron Mael (as Ronald Mael))
Published by © Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd (PRS)
All Rights Reserved
Performed by Sparks
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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With no power comes no responsibility
22 March 2010 | by filmbanthaSee all my reviews

It has been a long time since I have left a screening with endorphins pumping through my body and the strong urge to learn a martial art but Kick-Ass did exactly that; I felt like I could take on the world! An explosive ride that covers insane action sequences, intelligent superhero parodies and intense dramatic turns, Kick-Ass is a welcome addition to the realm of the comic-book movie.

I was initially sceptical about the prospect of watching another superhero spoof movie, most recent attempts at the genre have been abysmal, but Kick-Ass completely transcends its predecessors through the use of intelligent pastiche which drives the story forward as well as providing laughs. The brilliantly choreographed action scenes would not feel out of place in a Spiderman film, or even a Tarantino script, in fact it feels like Spiderman and Kill Bill were put into a blender and Kick-Ass was the end result.

The story focuses on Dave Lizewski, your average teenage nerd, whose obsession with comic books inspires him to create his very own superhero, Kick-Ass, despite his discernible lack of superpowers. Dave's attempts to become a vigilante crime fighter initially end in disaster but in the process of rescuing a cat his luck changes, propelling him into the public limelight and establishing him as a figure to be reckoned with.

It is not long before other vigilantes surface, some desperate for the fame and attention, others out for revenge, and when Kick-Ass becomes embroiled in a crime lords devious plans, we are treated to a number of intense melees that gradually escalate in size and repercussions for those involved. There has been some controversy over the graphic violence depicted in these scenes, especially as the trailer is intended to appeal to a fairly young audience, and that comes as no surprise when a pre-teen girl decapitates villains on screen and uses the c*** word. Controversy aside, I cannot deny that this was very entertaining.

Chloe Moretz easily steals the show as Hit Girl - the incredibly volatile young superhero with a penchant for explicit language, which will surely propel her into the realms of stardom. Nicolas Cage is surprisingly effective as her doting father, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is ever watchable as Red Mist. However it is Aaron Johnson who shows the most promise as Kick-Ass, with his convincing turn from a bumbling student to a brave and reckless crime fighter marking him as a talent to watch out for.

An essential part of the film is its eclectic soundtrack, with choice tracks taken from excellent films such as 28 Days Later and For a few dollars more. Usually I would be concerned at such a prospect but the Kick-Ass soundtrack adapts the tracks brilliantly, making them feel like its own, alongside great songs from The Prodigy and Sparks to name a few. The choice of music fits perfectly with the high-octane action sequences and even adds emotional depth to key scenes - not bad for a superhero comedy movie!

Kick-Ass is that rarest of films, a successful hybrid of two genres that delivers an almost perfect cinematic experience. My only criticism would be that some sequences near the end were slightly far-fetched but in a film where suspension of belief is required, maybe I'm being a little harsh. This is an essential film for all cinema-goers, catch it on the big screen and I guarantee you will be completely immersed in the explosive yet entertaining world of Kick-Ass

9/10

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Language:

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Release Date:

16 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,828,687, 18 April 2010

Gross USA:

$48,071,303

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,188,903
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