"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Dec 172013

photo for Kick-Ass 2 Though “Kick-Ass 2” falls short as a worthy sequel to the 2010 original film that pitted costumed high-school heroes against criminals and all-around bad guys, it still stands up as a fun thrill ride laced with outrageously gory violence and ironic humor. Self-made superhero Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and sweet-faced, foul-mouthed Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) try to return to life as “normal” teenagers, but soon find themselves back on the street fighting crime — this time joined by a new wave of masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), and a new crime boss, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who has re-invented himself as The Mother F%&*^r and who has assembled an evil league of super-villains (including a gigantic Amazon called Mother Russia). The nice thing about the Kick Ass series — it just doesn’t take itself as seriously as the other movies derived from comic book characters. Rated R for much-too-filthy language and bloody body parts. Extras: Extended scenes; “Upping the Game” featurette; “Going Ballistic: Weapons & Stunts” featurette; “Creating a Badass World” featurette; commentary with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz and writer-director Jeff Wadlow. Blu-ray adds alternate opening; “Big Daddy Returns: The Unshot Scene”; “An Ass-Kicking Cast” featurette; “Street Rules: Showdown at the Evil Lair”; “Hit Girl Attacks: Creating the Van Sequence.” Vitals: Director: Jeff Wadlow. Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jim Carrey, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke, Lyndsy Fonseca, Morris Chestnut, John Leguizamo, Donald Faison, Lindy Booth, Yancy Butler. 2013, CC, MPAA rating: R, 103 min., Action Comedy, Box office gross: $28.751 million, Universal. 23 stars

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