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Kick-Ass 2

by Leonard Maltin
August 16, 2013 1:05 AM
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Photo by Daniel Smith - Courtesy of Universal Pictures

The original Kick-Ass made me squirm, but this foul-minded follow-up made me want to leave the theater. What an ordeal to sit through! Even in a summer dominated by unwelcome sequels and bloated blockbusters, Kick-Ass 2 stands out as a genuinely repugnant movie. Like so many sequels, it’s clear from the start that there is no real reason for its existence: the promising story points that fueled the original are gone, along with key characters, and all writer-director Jeff Wadlow can do is spin his wheels.

Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who was just Aaron Johnson when he made the first movie) has forsaken his one-man superhero campaign, while the orphaned Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) has been grounded by her guardian (Morris Chestnut). But the former Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) isn’t content to lie low: he wants revenge for the death of his mobster dad, so he adopts a new name that I can’t print here and recruits every scumbag in the City to join him.

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Photo by Daniel Smith - Courtesy of Universal Pictures

I realize that some people enjoyed the first film, which even I liked at first; compared to this lame attempt at storytelling it’s a masterpiece. If you have a fondness for antisocial activity, projectile-vomiting and overall squalor, this movie has your name on it…and you’re welcome to it.

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  • Gorbachov | May 23, 2014 4:39 PMReply

    You need to stick to chick flicks like Easy A, Ted, Charlie's Angels or one of those Ashton Kutcher / Owen Wilson / old Will Smith rom-coms like A Lot like Love unless you don't only have a limiting taste of films but also an old-fashioned conservative. Don't be a granpa trying to be cool, it's just not gonna cut it, man. You're like a 15-year-old innocent and virgin who's repulsed by this. Do yourself a favor, be yourself and don't try to like stuff you actually don't. You simply can't handle the crudeness. There's nothing wrong with that but geez, you're like 60 years old and you're still an egg in the shell.

  • Brad | August 26, 2013 5:39 AMReply

    A lame attempt to review a very decent movie that follows the comic quite closely. Seriously, this isn't your type of movie - I can tell just by looking at you. So why review it like you were expecting an ageless hollywood classic? No idea. Stick to rom-coms and other mainstream crud.

  • Jeffrey | August 16, 2013 1:32 AMReply

    A terrible film that gets reviewed first and all by itself on Maltin's blog on Thursday night. I'm singing the blues right now.

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