Kick-Ass

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Overview

Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski Aaron Johnson may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself ...
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Overview

Adapted from Mark Millar's hyper-violent comic book of the same name, director Matthew Vaughn's Layer Cake vigilante superhero film tells the tale of an average New York teenager who decides to don a costume and fight crime. Comic book geek Dave Lizewski Aaron Johnson may not have good coordination or special powers, but that doesn't mean he isn't a fully capable crime fighter. After purchasing a flashy wet suit on the Internet, Dave starts busting up baddies with nothing but brute force. He calls himself Kick-Ass, and he can take a beating as good as he can dish one out. Before long, Kick-Ass has become a local sensation, and others are following his lead. Big Daddy Nicolas Cage and Hit-Girl Chloe Moretz are a father-daughter crime-fighting duo who have set their sights on local mob heavy Frank D'Amico Mark Strong. They're doing a decent job of dismantling Frank's sizable underworld empire when Kick-Ass gets drawn into the fray. But Frank's men play rough, and his son, Chris Christopher Mintz-Plasse, is about to become Kick-Ass' very first arch nemesis. When Chris assumes the persona of Red Mist, the stage is set for a superhero showdown that could spell the end of Kick-Ass once and for all.
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Special Features

It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass; ; Matthew Vaughn Audio Commentary; The Art of Kick-Ass; Marketing Archive; ; Closed Caption
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Editorial Reviews

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Kick-Ass takes all the classic superhero tropes and turns them on their head, and what you're left with is a super-charged romp that's one part wish-fulfillment fantasy and one part fan-boy comedy. Forget x-ray vision, invisibility, or superhuman strength -- Kick-Ass is all about what happens when a 17-year-old teen with no powers, training, or meaningful desire to do so buys a wet suit and some riot sticks and begins his journey to becoming the ultimate champion: a superhero. Based on the graphic novel by Mark Millar, director Matthew Vaughn maintains a balancing act between ultra-violent recklessness and rabid teenage comedy. The film goes to all the extremes, but they're completely welcome, and in a sea of superhero movies that take themselves entirely too seriously, Kick-Ass breaks out and delivers a refreshing take on the genre that leaves the audience with a pleasantly visceral experience. Dave Lizewski Aaron Johnson is your average teenager, nothing special -- he hasn't been bitten by a radioactive spider like Peter Parker and he doesn't have gadgets like Batman; in fact, his only superpower is being invisible to girls. One day, while hanging with his friends at the local comic-book shop, Dave poses the pivotal question: "Why has no one ever tried to be a superhero?" He goes from nerdy teen dreaming of winning over his "Mary Jane", Katie Lyndsy Fonseca, to costumed not-so-super hero Kick-Ass. From there it's one crazed stunt after another, which leads to a back-alley beatdown that leaves him with screwed up nerve endings and a heightened threshold for pain -- the perfect plot point for the craziness that ensues. After video footage of a confrontation with gang members outside the local hangout goes viral, everyone knows his name, but trouble brews when nemesis Red Mist Christopher Mintz-Plasse explodes onto the scene and Kick-Ass must maintain his identity, beat the bad guys, and win the girl. Vaughn takes care to remind the audience that Dave is still a teenage boy with angst, hormonal yearnings, and clueless friends, so as his life in the real world becomes more engaging, his life as Kick-Ass becomes less relevant. Enter Hit-Girl, played by Chloe Moretz, a trash-talking, butt-kicking, 13-year-old girl who could wipe the floor with the biggest of badasses. Trained by her rubber-suit-wearing father, Big Daddy Nicolas Cage, an ex-cop-turned-vigilante, this revenge-seeking duo stops at nothing to bring resident bad guy Frank D'Amico Mark Strong to justice. The film is just as much about Hit-Girl and Big Daddy as it is about Kick-Ass. They fill the void when Dave is otherwise occupied, and some of the best scenes in the film are between the two. Vaughn, along with screenwriter Jane Goldman, establishes the anti-superhero universe early in the film, and as a result the audience expects them to maintain that sensibility throughout, but the film teeters back and forth between "this isn't a superhero movie" and "this is a superhero movie," and some points in the film get bogged down with endless backstory of minor characters that are better served in comic-book form. Still, Kick-Ass is just plain fun, and trying to figure out where it fits into the genre takes away from enjoying what it really is -- a ridiculously entertaining adventure that genre fans will love. The tagline says it all: "Be honest with yourself. At some point in our lives, we all wanted to be a superhero." For anyone who secretly wished to be one, this film delivers on that fantasy with a world where bad guys are real and superheroes are geeky high school comic-book fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2010
  • UPC: 031398121350
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,959

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aaron Johnson Dave Lizewski/Kick-Ass
Nicolas Cage Damon Macready/Big Daddy
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Chris D'Amico/Red Mist
Chloe Moretz Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Mark Strong Frank D'Amico
Chloë Grace Moretz Mindy Macready/Hit Girl
Omari Hardwick Sgt. Marcus Williams
Xander Berkeley Det. Gigante
Michael Rispoli Big Joe
Clark Duke Marty
Lyndsy Fonseca Katie Deauxma
Evan Peters Todd
Dexter Fletcher Cody
Corey Johnson Sporty Goon
Jason Flemyng Lobby Goon
Kenneth Simmons Scary Goon
Randall Batinkoff Tre Fernandez
Garrett M. Brown Mr. Lizewski
Elizabeth McGovern Mrs. Lizewski
Deborah Twiss Mrs. Zane
Sophie Wu Erika Cho
Anthony Desio Baby Goon
Adrian Martinez Ginger Goon
Joe Bacino Posh Goon
Stu "Large" Riley Huge Goon
Walle Jobara Nervous Goon
Carlos Besse Peres Buttons
Tamer Hassan Matthew
Yancy Butler Angie D'Amico
Tim Plester Danil
Hubert Boorder Oscar Juarez
Craig Ferguson Himself
Omar Soriano Leroy
Kofi Natei Rosul
Johnny Hopkins 1st Gang Kid
Ohene Cornelius 2nd Gang Kid
Russell Bentley Medic
Christopher McGuire Diner Fight Guy 1
Max White Diner Fight Guy 2
Dean Copkov Diner Fight Guy 3
Jacob Cartwright Running Teenager
Maurice DuBois News Anchor
Dana Tyler News Anchor
Dan Duran Reporter
Louis Young Breaking News Reporter
Katrena Rochell Female Junkie
Quinn Smith Big Mean Boy
Technical Credits
Matthew Vaughn Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Adam Bohling Producer
Karen Sheriff Brown Makeup
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Davis Cinematographer
Russell de Rozario Production Designer
Maruis de Vries Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Jane Goldman Co-producer, Screenwriter
Eddie Hamilton Editor
Fae Hammond Makeup
David Harris Special Effects Supervisor
Jon Harris Editor
Ilona Herman Makeup
Joe Howard Art Director
Henry Jackman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jeremy Kleiner Executive Producer
Pierre Lagrange Executive Producer
Stephen Marks Executive Producer
Mark Millar Executive Producer
John Murphy Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ian Neil Musical Direction/Supervision
Tarquin Pack Producer
Brad Pitt Producer
David Reid Producer
John Romita Jr. Executive Producer
Pietro Scalia Editor
Laird McMurray Film Services Special Effects
Danny Sheehan Sound/Sound Designer
Sammy Sheldon Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Stuart Art Director
Lucinda Syson Casting
Kris Thykier Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kick-Ass
2. Be Honest [5:41]
3. Awesome [4:40]
4. Time to Engage [5:14]
5. Pop Quiz [3:07]
6. Back [3:58]
7. Here Kitty [3:55]
8. Kick-Ass [4:14]
9. Passing a Message [7:06]
10. Have Potential [4:19]
11. Daddy and Marcus [4:40]
12. Red Mist [6:58]
13. Crime Fighting Team [3:44]
14. Watch This [6:59]
15. Worth Living For [6:07]
16. Need to Meet [5:02]
17. Family Business [:53]
18. Hit Girl [2:55]
19. Job to Finish [5:08]
20. A Little Kid [5:20]
21. Under Control [2:30]
22. Playtime is Over [5:39]
23. Time To Go Home [3:07]
24. Opened a Door [2:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kick-Ass
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital Ex
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
   Scenes
      A Regular Guy
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary with Director Matthew Vaughn: On/Off
      It's On! The Comic Book Origin of Kick-Ass
      The Art of Kick-Ass
         Storyboards
            Epic Fall
            Mindy & Damon
            Kick-Ass vs. Thugs
            Hit Girl vs. Guards
            Air Assault
            Taking Flight
            Coda
         Costumes
         On-Set Photography
         Production Design
         John Romita Jr. Art for the Film
      Marketing Archive
         Theatrical Trailer
         Redband Hit Girl Trailer
         North American Campaign
         International Campaign
      Also From Lionsgate
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  • Posted July 26, 2011

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    Whoa

    While the movie did get a little dark and violent, it had some cool fight scenes. And the performances were good, especially Hit Girl.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!

    Even though it is a superhero movie, be prepared because Kick-Ass has some graphic scenes and vulgar language. The movie is filled with good comedy, great action, and an exceptional plot. One of my favorite things about the movie is that none of the characters actually had super powers.
    The setting in the movie is New York City, which is common in most comic books. That is where super heroes are from, big cities where crime is happening on a daily basis. What is also great about the movie is the heroes' costumes. I thought each and every one of them was unique and different from anything I had ever seen. I thought the costume design team did a fantastic job with their work. My favorite costume though was the worn by Red Mist, played by Christopher-Mintz Plasse. I thought he had the coolest costume of the whole movie. I liked his the most because I feel like that's how a teen superhero would choose to dress in 2010. The black and red combination was very cool and his hairstyle was original too. Also, he was the only superhero with his own car and it was a badass one.
    Another reason why I liked the movie is because to me it was the most realistic superhero movie that I have ever seen. The fact that it was rated "R" made the whole movie. This let the director does everything that he wanted to do without be restricted by "PG 13" guidelines. In other superhero movies, they weren't able to be as violent, gruesome, use mature language, and action because of being rated "PG 13". In Kick-Ass they did not sugar coat anything. I felt everything was portrayed as it would be in real life. That is probably one of the reasons why I liked it so much. The action scenes were some of my favorite in the movie. In some instances, it was a little stretched but you have to remind yourself it is still a movie so there will be some "unreal" things. But even with that I loved those scenes. There was one scene in the movie that was absolutely one of my favorites. I will try to describe as best I can without giving away too much of the movie. I loved the special effects, camera angles, camera views and lightings and the overall scene set up. I had never seen anything like that before.
    I cannot say there were many things that I disliked about the movie. The few things I didn't like I am not able to say because then that would be giving away the movie and I surely do not want to do that for any who read this. So I will save that until you watch this movie. I hope after reading this review you have found it very helpful. My purpose was to show people what a great, fun, action packed movie this was. Even I thought this movie was going to be weird and dumb when it first came out. But I watched it one night when I was bored and was immediately hooked. I highly suggest buying this movie. If you like action, comedy, and superheroes this is the perfect movie to buy. BUY it!!!

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  • Posted October 4, 2010

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    Totally Great!

    This movie was way good! It did have some shock value to it, that's for sure...such as a 12-13 year old girl who moonlights as a masked crime fighter with her father shootin up baddies & running them through and whatnot. Haha. I had to see this movie, first of all, because of Nicholas Cage. I have always been a pretty big Nicholas Cage fan. Furthermore, I love comic book/superhero based movies in general. I also love good comedy. This is a mixture of that stuff...plus even a little bit of romance and dram mixed in. There are a few pretty cool, bloody brilliant action sequences in this as well...and the end is just awesome! If you are sensitive to violence gore or don't particularly care much for language or crass stuff, then I wouldn't recommend this movie to you, but if those sorts of things don't bother you too much, then definitely check out this movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Kick-Ass Stomped Me Into the Ground!!

    4.5 out of 5

    Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), comic book geek and nobody-at-large, always wondered why no one stepped up and became a superhero. People aspire to be doctors and firemen and policemen, so why not also want to be someone else who helped his fellow man?

    After ordering a green and yellow wetsuit off the Internet, Dave dons the outfit and hits the streets as Kick-Ass, a superhero without powers, training or even a proper motivation to fight crime other than "what if?" The first few weeks are uneventful, and after his first attempt at stopping a car robbery nearly kills him, Dave returns more determined than ever to rid the streets of crime. Soon, after stopping the mugging of a fellow from a gang, Kick-Ass is all over the Internet and soon becomes a citywide celebrity.

    Little does he realize he's not alone. Enter Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage) and Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), a father-daughter team of real-deal vigilantes with a thirst for blood and matching guns to boot. Their mission? Take out the D'Amico crime family, their leader, Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), having been personally involved with Big Daddy long ago and robbing him of the one he loved.

    Soon Kick-Ass, Big Daddy, Hit Girl and newcomer Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) are locked in a war that, hopefully, only the good guys survive.

    It's guns, action, comic books and bubble gum in this adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s graphic novel.

    This movie is crazy. A good crazy. A special kind of crazy. I knew from the previews I was in for a different kind of superhero flick and, man, that was what I got. This was fresh, exciting, fun and new. Most superhero movies stick to a formula (origin of the good guy then the bad guy, a few tussles along the way leading to a big fight in the end, the stuff in between usually dramatic bits starring the hero in his personal life). With Kick-Ass, though there were those basic elements to it, the one thing that was really hammered home over and over again was the idea that, yeah, Kick-Ass was functioning in the real world. One with guns, knives, average fighting skills and no body armor. Some folks might think the violence in this film was overdone. Personally-despite a few exceptions-I didn't think so. You try doing the superhero thing in real life in a place like New York and see what happens.

    I also really liked how they dragged that fantasy of being a superhero into our reality and proved, really, that it wouldn't work. Kick-Ass went up against real bad guys. Ones without mercy. Without care. They'd kill their own mothers if they had to.

    The lack of a costumed supervillain also helped this movie and ensured the focus was kept on the good guys. I particularly liked Big Daddy's and Hit Girl's origin. It was simple, yet bittersweet and, if anything, really showed that despite being off his rocker, Big Daddy really loved his little girl and only wanted the best for her.

    This movie was fantastic start to finish. The writing, the action, the realism-true cool.

    My only thing was the profanity. I don't live in New York, but that was a lot of swearing and if people really talk like that in NYC, man, I feel sorry from them. (But, hey, I'm just a Maple Syrup-guzzling Canadian so what do I know?) If they don't, perhaps the writers can pull back a bit on the wagging tongue for the next one.

    Looking forward to the sequel.

    A.P. Fuchs
    Canister X

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BEST MOVIE EVER

    I loved this movie! I recommend it to anyone

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Its awesome!!!!

    I saw the movie in theaters and it was the best definetly going to pre-order

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