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Kick-Ass - Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson, Matthew Vaughn

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Movie propaganda

Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name - Kick-Ass - assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.

His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage).

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film superhero amateur action vigilante crime fighter comic book sidekick dark comedy alter-ego

Persons of interest

  • Nicolas Cage .... Damon Macready/Big Daddy
  • Mark Strong .... Frank D'Amico
  • Aaron Johnson .... Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
  • Chloe Moretz .... Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse .... Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
  • Lyndsy Fonseca .... Katie Deauxma
  • Xander Berkeley .... Detective Vic Gigante
  • Tamer Hassan .... Mike
  • Clark Duke .... Marty
  • Omari Hardwick .... Marcus
  • Michael Rispoli .... Big Joe
  • Randall Batinkoff .... Tre Fernandez
  • Stu 'Large' Riley .... Stu
  • Tim Plester .... Danil
  • Peter Brooke .... Doctor
  • Deborah Twiss .... Mrs Zane
  • Kofi Natei .... Rasul
  • Kenneth Simmons .... Kenny
  • Mark Millar .... Creator
  • Jane Goldman .... Screenwriter
  • Matthew Vaughn .... Screenwriter
  • Matthew Vaughn .... Director

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Theatrical report

What a hoot! There are teen superhero movies like Sky High which are about teenagers living in a world in which adults are just larger teenagers and then there are teen superhero movies like Kick-Ass which are about teenagers living in a world in which teenagers are smaller adults. I prefer the latter: it's more realistic and it makes for meatier drama. Drama is good.

So is irony. Someone here is taking the piss out of all those superhero wannabes out there in geekland (see Mystery Men). You are a LOSER! Trying to be anything else will only get your arse kicked. Dreams are not reality. Stay home with your mother.

Meanwhile, the action in this film is pretty good, the violence is cool and this costumes are wrong enough to be home-made. Or ordered on the internet. WHAT a geek. There's just the right mix of professional heroics and amateur stupidity to make this film worth watching, no matter how cynical your point of view. It's funny and it's aggressive and it's stupid and you never quite know how bad things are going to go. That's a big change for a Hollywood movie.

The superhero movie Kick-Ass is directed by Matthew Vaughn and stars Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Aaron Johnson.

Government security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Strong violence, coarse language and sexual references)

Surveillance time

120 minutes (2:00 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 April 2010

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