"Still Problematic, But Somewhat Better"
KICK-A** 2 is a sequel to the 2010 movie. It follows the wild adventures of teenagers becoming superheroes and super-villains, and then unleashing hyper-violent comical warfare on each other. It has a mixed pagan worldview, combined with some strong moral values and overt Christian references, but often corrupted by excessive violence and foul language as well as implied teenage sexual relations.
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.
(PaPa, BB, CC, P, LLL, VVV, S, NN, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview with strong immoral, inappropriate content mixed with some strong moral elements such as positive father and male authority figures and strong Christian elements when teenage self-appointed superheroes turn to Born Again mentor who maintains his integrity throughout and actually becomes a sacrificial martyr who inspires the most foul-mouthed teenagers to stop using strong profanities, plus some patriotic content; at least 105 obscenities and profanities (including many “f” words and some strong profanities, which are rebuked by older male authority figure), plus 15-year-old gets revenge on mean girls in high school by zapping them with a wand that makes them throw up and have diarrhea; lots of very strong and strong violence with graphic bloodletting includes all manner of shootings, stabbings, punching, kicking, and beatings between heroes and thugs or villains, reckless car chases, bad guys are run over by cars or smash graphically through windshields, lead villain kicks his mother’s tanning bed so hard that it breaks and electrocutes her in it, several police cars filled with cops are destroyed in one sequence, a pair of cops are bloodily destroyed by a rotating lawnmower blade, a vicious dog is taught to bite the penis of a villain (albeit this is implied, and he does it through the villain’s pants), a shark attacks villain, and it’s later shown he’s had his legs chewed off at the knees, and he screams he has no penis; implied teenage sexuality when hero sneaks into bathroom stall and an alleyway with girlfriend, and they are shown kissing passionately before the camera cuts away, two topless women shown in pool with clothed male character, man says he intends to rape female held down by accomplice but he can’t, implied self-abuse, mean high school girl dances suggestively to win cheerleading spot, but heroine uses non-sexual martial arts moves to win the spot from her instead; upper female nudity in one scene, and woman wears skimpy clothing; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, lying, some teenage rebellion and disrespect toward parents but teenagers come to regret it, mean teenage girls mock heroine but they are shown to be hypocritical and promiscuous, and revenge.
KICK-A** 2 follows a teenage boy named Dave, who has a secret alternate life as a superhero. Dave is friends with 15-year-old Mindy, who goes by the moniker Hit Girl in her superhero life. Mindy has a healthy relationship with her stepfather, her late father’s police partner. He tries to make her give up her vigilante ways and go to school like a normal girl. Mindy and Dave are torn between their desire to save their city and obey their respective parents’ concerns for their safety and the rule of law. They join with a group of other wannabe superheroes to fight a super-villain.
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.