5 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Watch KICK-ASS 2

Did your friends tell you Kick-Ass 2 Sucked? Well, with films like The Butler, beating it in the Box Office, they might be right. Here are 5 reasons you can give your friends that show why this movie doesn't suck, and why you should go see it yourself.

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By E.F. "Manny" Camacho - 8/23/2013


Kick Ass 2 has been troubled with any number of complications before the films release. From Jim Carrey's refusal to promote the film, citing his arguments against gratuitous violence in the wake of a school shooting. To critical reviews ripping the film to shreds, mostly due to the same issues of it's violent content. Not to forget, the expectation this sequel needed to surpass its predecessor in every way. The Fact that the cool 12 year old, ninja-like, cute-death-granting-wrecking-ball that is Hit Girl (Chloe Moretz), is now 15, the thrill of the gimmick of a cute-killer may almost seemingly be gone.

Is the thrill really gone? I was anxious to see for myself as I watched these characters grow up on screen, and how they were dealing with their day-to-day lives in the real world, as much as they were in their costumes (haphazardly) fighting crime.

Here are the five best reasons I found in the film, making it a worthwhile venture for this comic book movie fan.

5. The Cheese





This film is a perfect example of operating with dual purposes. It's meant to be cheesy and silly. It's supposed to be almost idiotic. But it does this because the real message interred is simply, "put on a cape to fight crime, and you're going to get killed, or cause people around you to get killed." It's a shot of truth embedded midst the laughs. Not the idealogy that, good conquers all...

But it's done in such cheesy "B-Movie" goodness, you can't help but to shut your brain off for a second and belly laugh, or guffaw, as I do (yes I guffaw, shut up!) at the gratuitous violence that is being displayed.

It forces you to see, on a different level, that people in many of archetypes shown in the film are assholes. Example, Brooke...This character is a totally evil and slutty bitch, a typical high school mean girl. We see these types in a lot of movies, and we tend to hate them, that's usually as far as it goes. Kick Ass 2 points them out, in an over-the-top manner, and let's you feel good about hating them, and wanting to (essentially) hurt or kill them...You cheer for something to happen to them.

I know, that's kind of fucked up right?

That's why the story seemed to cheese itself up whenever it was giving you a buildup of ill-intent toward the represented characters, most of them minors. Perhaps, I read to far into those notions, or feelings...but I can appreciate the cheesy levity. Even if I wanted those characters to die horribly.



The king of them all in his cheesy glory was Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who was astoundingly great to watch in this film. "The Motherfucker" won me over with his awkward, geeky, pissed off rage. The movie would have felt a strange void without him in it. While in truth, too much of him and you'll start wondering why you're watching this movie - you never had that much of him on the screen to want him to go away. That truly is the power of cheese! (Did I really just type that...wtf O_o)

4. The Sick Stick!





Very few scenes in any film mark extremely memorable laughter in someones past, and many times, it is blatantly stupid, idiotic, and perhaps, the trigger is nonsensical for that laughter. But you remember the scene in the film that caused it. For many of us, we never forget those scenes of stupid-good, raucous, uncontrollable, belly laughs. Sometimes going back to show someone else the same scene we thought so hilarious, without gaining anywhere near the same reaction as our own. making us look like dumbasses...For me one of those great scenes is from Dumb and Dumber.

Kick Ass 2 has an amazingly immature, and ridiculously-insane, scene involving a "Sick Stick". Which I think will create new memories for many of you because of it. Mindy, who finally, comes into her own, with confidence, clarity, and focus, finally able to let go of her father, Big Daddy, and realize who she really is. Takes matters into her own hands and serves up some revenge with the aforementioned sick stick. It took some proverbial eye opening moments perpetrated by Mindy's new "friends" to get her to this point in her growth, but she got there, that is what counts. From being a teenager starting to feel attraction to boys, to wanting to be part of a crowd, feeling pretty...Teenagers being teenagers, basically. We see her character grow up in glimpses, and decides who she really is. The Sick Stick was merely a tool used in her declaration of her showcase. Even if that declaration came covered in vomit and other wonderfully brown slops of acknowledgement...I said too much.

3. Jim Carrey





Jim Carrey single-handedly stole the film. Yet, and sadly, he did not have a lot of screen time. But what he did have, he used to glorious purpose. Jim Carrey's character was Col. Stars and Stripes. An extremely straight arrow crime fighter that wasn't happy with people cursing, and an affinity for other vigilante do-gooders. He also had a charming little pooch of a dog, Eisenhower, that liked to attack people in the "Schwanz"...who cares about the Schwanz, the dog would bite you in the balls! O.K., there I said it.



Carrey's character displayed an amazing amount of physical comedy, over-the-top, but necessary. Firm and almost stoic. The vocal profile he used for his character matched with the look he had in the film - to near perfection. I know that sounds ridiculous...perhaps the better explanation is simply that he felt natural on screen. When he talks to Kick Ass in a fatherly way, he almost seemed to become more of a serious character, not one in a dark comedy. You can believe the character...

With all the weirder bullshit circulating in the film that essentially removes you from the escapism of the experience, Carrey's presence as the Col. kept you in the movie, and forced you to betray your rational brain.

Did Stars and Stripes kick ass?

Indeed, he did...He used a kind of club to pummel his adversaries with what appeared extreme prejudice. Resorting to some hand to hand combat if needed, with equal flair. Every scene Carrey was in is memorable, from some simple jokes to the few scenes we got to see him fighting crime.



Carrey on his own, without the rest of this list, might be good enough a reason to catch the film, just to see what his stand against violence was all about, even if you end up hating the film. He'd be one of the reasons you'd come back to watch it again...

2. Mother Russia!!!





Olga Kurkulina, holy shit this woman came out of nowhere and decided to take over the film, as Mother Russia. While Christopher Mintz-Plasse was the main villain, Mother Russia was nothing short of amazing as one mean ass kicking number two (3rd if you count Leguizamo as 2nd). This woman is a tower, and a mountain of muscle. Giving her character insane levels of purpose, stature, and bad-assery oozing from every aspect of her being.

There are a few spectacular displays of brutality and murderous calm as she takes on multiple police officers, the Col., and Hit Girl, with a few of the most original kill-methods I've seen in a long time. Much to the cheering glee of her cohorts.

Now, yes, this is a giant muscular woman, that looks like she is a living comic book character, observed killing (and ripping apart, let's not forget ripping) a lot of cops...I understand, as I pause for a moment, to use my serious tone for something we should recognize is probably bad and potentially influential to children - but F'that! This movie is supposed to push those envelopes, and in many cases shock you. Even if the shock mostly makes you laugh your ass off.

Mother Russia accomplishes this almost as well as Chloe Moretz did the first time we saw her flying into an enemy with a dual blade, eviscerating everyone in her path.

Mother Russia is probably the most important character in the film from the moment she steps into frame. She is involved in virtually all the major plot points and story arcs, and is vital as a villain. I'm glad she is a newcomer to film altogether, because you end up enjoying her character more, just as much as you are wondering - "Who the fuck is she!"

1. Chloe Moretz Is A Beast!





I will admit, we don't get anything as spectacular as Hit Girl in the first movie. That's ok, we got a lot of what made the character amazing, and this is a different movie, it can't all be the same... We get to see her grow up a bit and become a young lady in this entry (lady in relative terms). I think a lot of the fandom that has argued not liking this part of the characters development suffer from two problems.

I-Don't-Want-My-Comic-Book-To-Age-Itis - Comic characters don't have to age, where actors playing these characters do...Which consequently in the films we get to see them age and adapt to their world as they age.

Unrealistic Expectations of Characters Remaining Static - The notion that a characters growth from film to film doesn't really change much...They are always the same person, sobbing over the same lost love, Even after finally kissing the girl, they are still shy, and tremble...

This is not F'ing Twilight...People grow, they change, they deal with those life changes and react...People are dynamic, not static.

Did I just rant a bit? Maybe kicked a puppy or two with that random comment about Twilight? O.K., I'm better now, moving on...

Chloe Moretz is nothing short of amazing. Her fight scenes are steeped in awesome, and I even like a few realistic tweaks that the film threw in, like bullet holes on top of a van being used as grip holes, helping her not fall off.

This movie is more about Mindy, than it is about any other character - despite the film named for a different hero - who cares...For me, Kick Ass is secondary to Mindy's Hit Girl anyway. The character can be described as bloodthirsty, but really it's all she knows. She was raised under a strict set of guidelines by her father. So the bulk of what we see in the film is her normal life, and guardian, in contrast with everything she ever learned. How she is coping, what she resolves to do, and who she resolves to be.

It also helps that we get a super-hero-esque style final battle between Mindy and Mother Russia which crystallizes how tough this little lady really is, even if she does get a little help.



Like any hero story, they have to find themselves before they can do anything for anyone else.

The critics and audiences talking about this film seemed to have forgotten, Mindy, is still just a kid, adjusting to school, growing up, and learning to just fit in. Seems they still want the 12 year old version running around and killing people, without a shred of personal growth, and skipping the whole teenager phase entirely.

Did I think the film was amazing...no, not by any stretch of the imagination. Did I enjoy it...Yes, absolutely! Why? Because it was fun, sometimes a film like this is just about keeping your brain turned off...

In the words of Col. Stars and Stripes "Try to have fun...Otherwise, what's the point."
Source: Box Office Mojo
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Kolossus - 8/23/2013, 7:03 AM
Butthurt fanboy trying to justify watching a shitty movie? No way...
PC04 - 8/23/2013, 7:11 AM
Saw it yesterday and really enjoyed the movie. The "sick stick" scene was hilarious.
SpectacularJoShFest - 8/23/2013, 7:12 AM
Haven't seen it yet...so I didn't read the article because I don't want to get spoilt...but I appreciate the fact that you posted it.
PsyGuy - 8/23/2013, 7:13 AM
I love what HitGirl says to Mother Russia at the end of the movie! The whole theater laughed
supermarioworldE - 8/23/2013, 7:13 AM
I wasn't a fan of the first film or the second comic series. This is a pass for me.
KNIGHT3000 - 8/23/2013, 7:14 AM
I liked this movie, sure last action scene could've been better, but the rest was good enough not to complain.
CptHero - 8/23/2013, 7:14 AM
@Kolossus: take your tampon out
This is a movie that's worth seeing, especially by comic book fans
LoudLon - 8/23/2013, 7:16 AM
Yeah, sorry, OP, but I think you're giving this flick way too much credit. I saw it last week and was definitely disappointed; the script is all over the place, the humor which worked so well in the first flick is forced and unconvincing here, Jim Carrey is hugely wasted in his role (which makes me think he actually did the filmmakers a favor by saying his problems were with the excessive violence -- which would guarantee even more fans would see it -- as opposed to saying the truth, that they gave him very little to work with as far as his character was concerned). And for a film which is supposedly based in a "real" world, a lot of superhuman stuff takes place -- especially when it comes to Mother Russia, who is basically the Terminator, ripping car doors off hinges and shit, and Hit Girl gaining superspeed from adrenaline.

There were a few decent parts but it takes more than half-a-handful of laughs to make a good movie -- and this was far from a good movie.

But hey, glad you enjoyed it.
PLUSH - 8/23/2013, 7:21 AM
The comic was better, I saw a cam rip and the movie disappointed me.
ArtisticErotic - 8/23/2013, 7:23 AM
I have no respect for Mark Millar, so [frick] NO. He gets none of my money.
SoundWave - 8/23/2013, 7:25 AM
Chloe Moretz! Chloe Moretz! Chloe Moretz!
GeekOfKrypton - 8/23/2013, 7:28 AM
Sorry too bummed about the Ben Affleck news to appreciate this article
NeoBaggins - 8/23/2013, 7:32 AM
After several WTF moments at RT, I'm officially writing off their rating system as useless. At one point the ratings made sense and you could see where a movie might get bad reviews even if you liked it. Now it's just a systematic game of douches choosing which films they'll praise or bash.

With that said, Kick-Ass2 is [frick]ing awesome. I went in with low expectations thinking that maybe, with a score THAT low, there may be truth to the film being bad. The film was right in line with the first KA as a genuine and advancing sequel. And it's more heart-felt and emotional than the first while being deliciously brutal.

You can basically predict which films RT will suck off and which ones will be praised. There's a pattern in there.
Mysterion - 8/23/2013, 7:42 AM
the movie was ok...but it felt more like Hit-Girl the movie more than Kick-Ass...Im not complaining though, I love Hit-Girl.
0bstreperous - 8/23/2013, 7:46 AM
I LOVED THIS MOVIE
0bstreperous - 8/23/2013, 7:49 AM
Also im black and the butler trailer made me want to cover my lips... jesus

they might as well have made a movie about the gardner who opened their eyes to hispanic realtions

stop the black guilt movies come on between those and tyler perry thats all we have

"they're getting in the pool"--Bill Burr
NicolasCage1 - 8/23/2013, 7:51 AM
Saw kickass 2 last night. I thought it was a great entertaining movie which was exactly what it was trying to be.

It was done better than the first one but the first one was slightly better because the story was better IMO
NicolasCage1 - 8/23/2013, 7:53 AM
You know the first one had Big Daddy..


MrReese - 8/23/2013, 7:59 AM
I liked Kick Ass 2
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 8/23/2013, 8:00 AM
The shit stk was atrocious the movie isn't violent enough to be R and its really portly written. The first is amazing. This one is meh.
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 8/23/2013, 8:00 AM
*stick
StrangeBlackPantherDoctor - 8/23/2013, 8:00 AM
*poorly
Typing on an iPhone
Saintsinnister - 8/23/2013, 8:13 AM
Kick ass kicked ass but kick ass two kicked ass too. Rediculas violence and some great moments of comedy. You have to be a special kind of funked up to apreceate these movies.
Woodinator - 8/23/2013, 8:17 AM
In my opinion;

The first movie was a disappointment when placed next to the comic... the sequel however, surpassed the 2nd comic in almost every way.

4.5 Stars and Stripes
zemus - 8/23/2013, 8:22 AM
@NeoBaggins

Totally agree man. The movie was amazing. Way better than the comic.
Demongod20 - 8/23/2013, 8:28 AM
Too bad the movie wasn't' as good as Kick-ass 1. I wish they could get the original director back from the first movie. The only thing I liked about the movie was Mother Russia. The rest was so/so but ok. I was really looking forward to Kick-ass 2 too.
MatTaylorX - 8/23/2013, 8:55 AM
The film was just OK. Get over it.
efcamachopmp - 8/23/2013, 9:48 AM
I definitely wanted more violence and more story. But I was pretty happy with it as it was. I doubt it will topple the first in overall theater grossing, it should do fine, it's pacing just below where the first film was in box office.

@Beto LOL @ Batfleck haha

@woodinator thats a fair assessment, and a nice point of view

@strangeblackpantherdoctor happens to me too bro, fingers too big for damn phone XD...I think what literally forced the rating passed the violence (this is just conjectured opinion) the boob scene in the night club. Had that been removed the film would have remained PG-13...

@Obstreperous hahahaha!

@loudlon fair enough, I wanted more out of this flick, to me the reasons given are the strongest traits of the film, the things you would proverbially fast forward to if you pop the movie on to watch it.

@Neobaggins It takes a lot even for great movies to climb that system...I hear ya!
CptHero - 8/23/2013, 9:52 AM
@NicolasCage1:
"It was done better than the first"
10/10 comedy right there
ODSTmaster - 8/23/2013, 9:53 AM
This is my favorite film of 2013.
Dunejedi - 8/23/2013, 9:55 AM
If you have to apologize how bad Kick-Ass 2 ISN'T by implying/suggesting/saying that The Butler stole some of it's thunder, then your kung-fu is weak. There is No crossover appeal for these two distinctly different audiences. There weren't millions of people thinking, "Man, I was really looking forward to the recently-made-celebrity-controversy starred, violently over-the-top, campy sequel to a tongue-in-cheek superhero flick. . . but I've been waiting 20 years for a sequel to The Color Purple so, sorry."

This movie sucking has literally nothing to do with The Butler.
NeoBaggins - 8/23/2013, 10:18 AM
Film was awesome. Only the boss' in the know stayed for the after-credit scene.

KICK-ASS 3

cbizzy - 8/23/2013, 10:39 AM
Everybody has an opinion guys & dolls. Just make sure to keep it to yourself if you are a dumbass (Not referring to article - BTW thanks for helping to promote COMIC BOOK MOVIES. As fans we cannot afford to put down the industry just because something wasnt to our liking. Good luck getting any new characters on screen withing the next 25 years)
GoILL - 8/23/2013, 11:08 AM
Movie was enjoyable for me.
Gnyah123 - 8/23/2013, 11:10 AM
let me be the FIRST to say
screw! RT!!
they are up marvels booty hole on some real ish!
gave man of steel a bad rating
pacific rim a bad rating
iron man 3 was trash! and its RT rating was through the roof maybe cuz the avengers left the hype for it but it was horrible movie!
and now Kick ass 2? come on RT...grow up!!

i still havent seen this movie but i thought the first one was pretty good! i hope this one will be just as good when i see it some point on movie4k!
Tainted87 - 8/23/2013, 11:13 AM
Mother Russia rips apart the cops to the tune of Tetris. Tetris!
HOTSHOT - 8/23/2013, 11:49 AM
Great article. I'm gonna see this movie. F[rick] the critics.
WaltWoodpeckerWay - 8/23/2013, 11:55 AM
I loved Kick Ass 2, it's just a fun movie
maninfinehat - 8/23/2013, 12:17 PM
If it couldn't have been as good as the first flick, I would have at least expected it to be different. Instead, it tried really, really hard to tap into what the first had going for it, and failed. There were a few decent scenes here and there, but overall a disappointment.
MDC - 8/23/2013, 1:04 PM
In no rush, but will see it eventually. All that Carrey bs about violence and not endorsing the film (blah, blah) kind of turned me off from seeing this in any hurry. Didn't see the 1st one in the theater either so I'm good.
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