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Bettie's Box Office: Kick-Ass 2 Movie Review

Updated: Thursday, August 15 2013, 05:14 PM CDT

Kick-Ass 2 doesn't have as much kick as the original, but it does deliver twice as much gratuitous violence, blood, explosions and crude humor as the original. Luckily for fans, it also has a little more heart than the 2010 film.  

Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has inspired a citywide wave of masked vigilantes to take back the night. But when Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) hangs up her nunchucks and tries to live a “normal” teenage girls’ life, KA is forced to join a sort of Justice League made up of non-super heroes. 


The team of crime-fighting misfits is led by Colonel Stars and Stripes. Jim Carrey is almost unrecognizable as he steals scenes doing a weird combination of GI Joe and The Cable Guy. Meanwhile, a vengeful Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) takes his late fathers’ money and transforms himself into a super-villain (complete with a new name that cannot be repeated here).


It’s crudely entertaining. The fight scenes take grotesque and unexpected turns.  One rape joke was in such bad taste, it left a bad taste long after the credits. 


The best parts of the film are centered on Hit Girl. The purple-wigged fighting machine becomes more dimensional in a touching coming-of-age story that has her broaden her battles to high school mean girls as she takes on puberty.


Seeing the first movie is not absolutely necessary, but it will give you a better idea of the characters’ back-stories. Even though this is comic-book action brought to life, make no mistake that it’s not for kids. Kick-Ass 2 is rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity.


Using the Bettie's Box Office rating system, I'd say if you’re a fan of the 2010 original grab some popcorn and make it a matinee afternoon. If you typically avoid this genre, Kick-Ass 2 is not the movie you’d want to make the exception. 


Kick-Ass 2 opens August 16.


Bettie's Box Office: Kick-Ass 2 Movie Review

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