Kick-Ass Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Kick-Ass

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Sticks it right up there.

  • Starring:

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Evan Peters, Garrett M Brown, Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth McGovern, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sophie Wu, Jason Flemyng, Mark Strong, Michael Rispoli

  • Directed by:

    Matthew Vaughn

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get shot, tortured, stabbed, slashed, punched, kicked, beaten (incl a child), kneed, tasered, hit with objects, hit by a car, microwaved, crushed, knee-capped, chained, bound, hooded, burned alive, mugged, bullied, threatened, head-butted, bitten. Burning building, explosions, arson. Weapons arsenal, switchblade, bazooka, grenade, ninja star, knuckle-duster. Break-and-enter, graffiti, gun paintings. Reference to molestation. Screaming. Execution mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, bloody stab wound, blood on ground, blood on head, bleeding. Body falls onto car, man on stretcher, IV drip, injection (fluid enters skin), X-ray. Corpses. Very high body count. Burn scars.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have clothed sex in public. Masturbation, boob-caressing. Kissing, ogling, flirting. References to sexuality, sex acts, pornography. Innuendo. Picture of topless women. Young man/young girl in undies (no genitals seen). Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer, spirits). Smoking. Drug overdose (seen in flashback), drug money. Selling/stealing coke, junkie, being high, cocaine, weed, methadone mentioned. Bong-smoking, powder-sorting, joint-smoking, powder-snorting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, frequent f-words, s-words, a-words, name-calling, b*tches. Slang for genitalia and bodily functions. Gender, college, genre, nationality, cultural, class, sexual stereotypes and jokes. Religious references and stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Superheroes, comic books, awesomeness, crime-fighting, vigilantes, justice, father-daughter relationships, self-esteem, family business, rumours, social media, merchandising, revenge, teen angst.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased mothers (seen in flashback), fathers, orphan. Cemetery setting. Eating disorder, ghosts mentioned. Cat, toilet. Skyscraper-high aerial cinematography toward street-view. Strobe lighting flashes. Based on comic-book series.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fun, energetic, edgy, absurdist, shameless, audacious, irresistible, intelligent, knowing, grounded, boisterous, original, supercharged, ultra-violent. Smashing performance from ultra-cool Chloë Grace Moretz. Terrific action moves, cracking soundtrack, brilliant genre homages.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    High level of violence and profanity. Questionable characterisation, especially of 11-year-old girl as vigilante/victim.

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