Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chloe Moretz in 'Kick-Ass' -- Are Toddlers Toting Uzis Next?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chloe Moretz in 'Kick-Ass' -- Are Toddlers Toting Uzis Next?

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Adapted from a comic book, Chloe Moretz and a bunch of wannabe young superheroes in 'Kick-Ass' don't shy from expletive-filled hard- core violence.

What can you say about a movie in which an 11-year-old girl slices

and dices hordes of hoodlums while mouthing choice obscenities that

might give even a truck driver pause? Welcome to "Kick-Ass," the

latest and most egregious example of a comic book

series-turned-movie. If we keep upping - or, to be accurate,

lowering - the ante like this, pretty soon we'll be watching

toddlers toting Uzis. Or haven't I already seen that?

The perfervid imagination of comic book author Mark Millar was also

the basis for the Angelina Jolie splatterfest "Wanted." As a

special service, he and director and co-writer Matthew Vaughn, and

Vaughn's co-screenwriter Jane Goldman, have thoughtfully reached

out to preteens by providing them with their very own superhero -

though the film's R rating rather puts a damper on that bit of

generosity, no?

The premise to "Kick-Ass," which plays like a Disney family film

hijacked by Quentin Tarantino, is not unpromising, though, like

everything else in the movie, it pays homage to - i.e., rips off

- a million other comic book actioners. Dave Lizewski (Aaron

Johnson) is a geeky New York high-schooler who decides he wants to be

a superhero. Calling himself Kick-Ass, he mail orders an unflattering

costume, confronts the local bullies, and gets himself so banged up

that he ends up with metal plates in his back. This turns out to be a

good thing because his dulled nerve endings mean he can fight again

and not feel pain. Alas, we in the audience are not so lucky. I found

it mighty painful sitting through all the bone crushing and

blood-letting.

Kick-Ass is nothing compared to the film's crime-fighting

father-and-daughter duo: Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Big Daddy

(Nicolas Cage). Vowing to revenge himself on Mafia honcho Frank

D'Amico (Mark Strong) for making him a widower, ex-cop Big Daddy

has been training Hit Girl (real name, Mindy Macready) for mortal

combat. Their first scene together is a touching example of paternal

guidance: In order to get her ready for prime time, he repeatedly

fires bullets into her bullet-proof-vest protected chest. …

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