Kick-Ass 2 Thursday, 20 June 2019

Kick-Ass 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

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

  • The pitch:

    Super-villainous.

  • Starring:

    Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Morris Chestnut, Garrett M Brown, Claudia Lee, John Leguizamo, Jim Carrey, Clark Duke, Augustus Prew, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Matt Steinberg, Steven Mackintosh, Monica Dolan, Yancy Butler, Lyndsy Fonseca, Sophie Wu

  • Directed by:

    Jeff Wadlow

  • Running time:

    103 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Many civilians, superheroes, police get shot/shot at. People get stabbed (blades, glass shards, syringe), maimed, slapped, electrocuted, tasered, glassed, kicked, punched, wrestled, body-slammed, hit with objects, threatened, pursued, held at gunpoint, hacked, near-choked, hit by cars, eye-gouged. (Some violence is repetitive.) Implied rape, intention to rape, armed hold-up, home invasion, bag-snatching. Reckless driving, people dangle precariously from a moving vehicle. Explosion, property damage, debris. Weapons arsenal seen, smoke canisters fired, shootouts. Waterboarding, bullying, muggings, perverts, paedophilia, child prostitution, KGB, killing people, cutting tongues out, parole, homemade bombs mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, bleeding. Blood on heads, faces, hands, objects. Bruising, bandages, scars. Burned limb, severed limb. Injection (syringe seen entering skin). Slit wrists, broken rib, decapitated man mentioned. Object protruding through chest.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have (implied) sex behind closed doors. Kissing, ogling. Sex toys, bondage gear. References to sex acts and sex toys. Masturbation, prostitution implied. Touching yourself, pimp, prostitutes, pornography, sex tapes mentioned. Topless women, shirtless man. Skimpy costumes and dancewear. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman consumes unknown pills. Getting high, taking drugs, crack den mentioned. A woman is injected with adrenalin. Alcohol (beer, spirits, champagne). Alcoholic mother, underage drinking. Gambling (poker). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, frequent f-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women and homosexuals, slang for bodily functions. Slang and actual terms for genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about religion (born-again Christians, Jehovah's Witnesses), masturbation, old age, teenagers, racism, cannibalism.

  • THEMES:

    Superheroes, villains, crime-fighting, teams, misfits, good versus evil, social media, texting, revenge, human trafficking, vanity, popularity, high school, friendship, infamy, vigilantes, justice, father-son relationships, rejection, acceptance, hideouts, betrayal, super-strength, cliques.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered father, deceased mother. Deceased father, murdered parents, murdered sister, missing child mentioned. Isolated woods, hospital, prison, watchhouse, funeral, cemetery settings. Dog, dog attack, shark, shark attack, sparks. Biting, vomiting, diarrhoea. Fur worn, bags of manure, clown (rubbish bin) seen. Fight scenes contain fast-editing and camerawork. Brief Russian and Chinese languages (subtitled). Post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fan-friendly, some laughs, satisfying ending, over-the-top action, edgy. Faithful to the comic franchise. Chloë Grace Moretz makes a welcome return as Hit-Girl.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Stale, disappointing, bad-taste, unoriginal, mysogynistic, homophobic, racist, self-aggrandising, nasty, witless, mean-spirited. High level of violence, offensive jokes (including rape), lacks style and humour, morally repugnant. Feels like a rip-off of Kick-Ass.

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