Kick-Ass 2

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kick assI won’t go into all the reasons why I disliked Kick-Ass (the review is here if you’re interested).

I won’t go into all the reasons why Jim Carrey was an idiot for telling us we shouldn’t see Kick-Ass 2 because of the gun violence (a link to a story I wrote on that is here).

Carrey should’ve told us not to see it because it’s a horrible movie.

It’s filled with gratuitous violence, absolutely no humor, and Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is an annoying character to watch on screen. Carrey is even worse.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (who played a decent John Lennon) is okay in his role as Kick Ass. He teams up with a guy calling himself Dr. Gravity (Donald Faison). When the Dr. shows up 15 minutes into the movie, it was the first time I cracked a smile.

They form a group called “Justice Forever,” led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey). He’s a former mobster turned born-again, and has a dog that helps him dispense his brand of justice. His big advice to the group of kids is “Just have fun.” If only we could with this horrible film.

When Hit Girl goes to school, the plot focuses on her trying to fit in with the right clique. It’s like a Mean Girls, without all the humor and interesting characters.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays a villain that names himself “Mother f***er.” He’s more annoying to watch on screen than Hit Girl (although I always dig that she has Joan Jett as her theme music). Yet just as Bad Reputation was cool in the last film, it’s one of many flaws this movie has – anything that could be interesting they tackled in the first film. Regular people becoming vigilante crime fighters – check. Again, I’ll suggest you rent the Rainn Wilson/Ellen Page movie of a similar theme – Super. How that interesting dark comedy went by unnoticed is beyond me.

In this movie, we get a scene in the school where the snooty cheerleader gets her comeuppance when Hit Girl zaps her with a “sick stick.” As the girl vomits and has diarrhea, the crowd at the screening I attended erupted in laughter. If this is your idea of good comedy…this is the movie for you.

I think having those two things happen to me would’ve been more enjoyable than sitting through this movie. It’s mean-spirited and witless. Other than a fun cameo by an MMA fighter, and a funny line at a meeting where two super heroes couldn’t show up because they were sick, and a third because he “had tickets to Book of Mormon,” nothing was enjoyable about this crass film.

0 stars out of 5.

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