By Jeff Holder, Managing Editor
The latest in the long line of underage actresses involved in R-rated movies has hit another bump in the road.
The movie, KICK A** (we’re not spelling it out on purpose. . .) stars 11-year-old Chloe Moretz (now 13) as a young superhero who stabs, shoots, kicks, beats up, and otherwise wipes out evil criminals while saying a few choice “f” words in the process.
According to the International Movie Data Base at (www.imdb.com), the comic book crowd was very anxious for this movie, hyped as a “reinvention” of the superhero movie. However happy teenage fanboys may have been, the movie opened unexpectedly poorly at the box office, very barely beating out the delightful family friendly animated movie HOW TO DRAIN YOUR DRAGON, which has already been out for three weeks!
Young males salivating about the upcoming IRON MAN 2 may have liked seeing the “comedy” of an 11-year-old girl nicknamed “Hit Girl” do things usually reserved for Jet Li, but the average young person does not.
A 2006 survey of youths aged 12-24 in the Los Angeles Times found that 74% of females and 58% of males are offended by obscenity, including sexual obscenity, in movies.
As if on cue, however, most mainstream critics fell all over themselves raving about this movie. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said KICK A** was “one big, shameless, audacious, compulsively watchable, irresistibly likable piece of pure entertainment.”
One day, stockholders will wake up and smell the box office coffee, and demand that their studios limit or stop making R rated movies, especially ones with underage actresses doing or saying obscene and violent things.
How much money has to be lost before someone gets back in touch with the moviegoing audience?