Family-Faith Film Review: Kick-Ass
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Kick-Ass—Intentionally outrageous but deeply perverse action comedy in which an ordinary high school student (Aaron Johnson) attempts to transform himself into a crusading superhero but instead becomes caught up in a feud pitting a deranged ex-police officer (Nicolas Cage) and the tween daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) he has home-schooled as an assassin against a mob boss (Mark Strong) and his son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), with all but the gangster assuming masked alter egos. Director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr.’s series of comic books fills the screen with bloody mayhem and the mouth of Moretz’s blithely murderous character with cringe-inducing vulgarity. Much gory violence including torture and dismemberment, brief graphic nonmarital sexual activity and offscreen masturbation, upper female nudity, drug use, a few instances of profanity and pervasive rough and crude language. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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