Still Problematic, But Somewhat Better
Starring: ** Still Problematic, But
Somewhat Better **
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Executive Producer: Trevor Duke-Moretz, Pierre
LaGrange, Stephen Marks, Mark
Millar, John Romita Jr.,
Producer: Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack,
Brad Pitt, David Reid, Matthew
Writer: Jeff Wadlow
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The story follows the continued adventures of a teenage boy named Dave, who has a secret alternate life as a superhero named Kick-A**, and a younger teenage girl named Mindy, who goes by the moniker Hit Girl in her superhero life. The two teamed up in the original movie to fight crime, with Hit Girl taught how to fight and use all manner of weapons by her policeman father, who had a secret superhero life as Big Daddy. That relationship was so skewed that it caused major controversy back when it was released in 2010, but in the new movie, Mindy has a healthier relationship with her now-deceased father’s police partner, who tries to make her give up her vigilante ways and go to school like a normal girl.
KICK-A** 2 has Dave and Mindy torn between their desire to save their city and their conflicted feelings about their parental figures’ concerns for their safety and the rule of law. The fact that the youth truly try to honor promises to their parents to stop living their violent alternate lives makes for some compelling drama amid all the frantic action-based comedy.
The main thrust of the plot follows Dave joining a team of other superhero vigilantes under the mentorship of a former Mafia killer turned born-again Christian named Captain Stars and Stripes (played by Jim Carrey). This character is seen as strong, positive, heroic, and morally righteous even when facing death. He even teaches his followers not to swear or use the Lord’s name in vain.
The heroes team up against the lead villain, Red Mist, who vilely re-names himself by using an “f” word. The villain uses his vast wealth to hire vicious killers to be on his own super-villain team with the goal of killing Dave in revenge for Dave killing his crime lord father with a bazooka in the first movie. The action builds to a thrilling highway car chase battle and a ridiculously violent final showdown at the villain’s secret lair.
The action in KICK-A** 2 is wildly entertaining, despite the movie’s many problems. The cast and crew deliver a non-stop display of inventive visuals and original action. However, the graphic violence makes the movie thoroughly inappropriate for children and teenagers, and will shock even adult viewers. Also, the unnecessarily offensive and frequent foul language further limits the movie’s appeal to discerning viewers.
Yet, unlike the first movie, the sequel has a distinct moral code, including positive Christian content and many morally positive moments and lines of dialogue. All told, KICK-ASS 2 is a very entertaining movie that will undoubtedly offend as many people as it pleases or inspires.
KICK-A** 2 has stronger positive qualities than the original. For example, the team of superhero vigilantes unites under the mentorship of a killer turned born-again Christian named Captain Stars and Stripes. This character is strong, positive, heroic, and morally righteous even when facing death. That said, the new movie still contains abundant foul language, graphic violence and some lewd content. KICK-ASS 2 is very entertaining, but will undoubtedly offend as many people as it pleases or inspires.