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Kick Ass

Starring Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz
Screenplay by Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman
Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn

WARNING: To our readers who may have strong objections to four letter words, be aware that you are npt going to like sitting through the first ten minutes or so of Kick Ass (that's assuming that the title alone hasn't turned you off to the idea of seeing the film). Once you get through those first ten minutes or so, you have . . .

IN SHORT: An incredibly profane and funny and action picked hour and a  half of fun. [Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use – some involving children. 94 minutes]

We know from personal experience where you can find Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) and his two bestest friends every Wednesday. They'd be getting their new comic books at Atomic Comics, the New York City comic book store that is a player in the story of Kick Ass. Said story rolls out as Dave poses the question, "Why aren't there any superheroes in real life?"

Dave is the only child in  a [Brooklyn-] based all-American family. One parent drops out of our story early on. The other works nights and is pretty much out of the story as well. That leaves Dave to his pondering and, thanks to a handy-dandy internet connection, a green ski suit that he intends to use as his superhero costume.

As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There’s only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes -- including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) -- and forges a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Kick Ass, he would have paid . . .


John Romita Jr. is second generation Marvel Comics creator who, like his dad, drew significant runs of the Amazing Spider-Man. JRjr also did terrifically collectible work on the X-Men books and our particular favorite, Daredevil. Mark Millar redefined Superman as a Commie; co-created the Marvel Ultimate universe and took the ball and ran with it when the regular Marvel universe erupted in Civil War, following the assassination of Captain America a  year and a half ago. Just so you know . . .]

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