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Kick-Ass 2: The Sick Stick Sequel

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm by Jess Hicks

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When Kick-Ass came out back in 2010 I had no desire what-so-ever to see it. Back then I was working at a local movie theater so I had insight into a lot of movies before seeing them. So one day I was doing a walk through of one of the theaters and I walked in right when Hit-Girl was raising hell towards the end. I knew immediately that I needed to see this movie as soon as possible. So I saw it, I loved it, end of story.

Fast forward 3 years (it seems so much longer than that) and Kick-Ass 2 is here boasting it’s just as good as the first. Well folks, in true sequel fashion, this sucks the life out of an awesome story. I haven’t read the comic books so I’m not sure if this movie follows it or not. If it does, then I don’t plan on reading it any time soon.

Kick-Ass 2 picks up with Mindy Macready (aka Hit-Girl) continuing Big Daddy’s legacy by ridding the streets of scum while Dave (aka Kick Ass), after giving up the spandex, is busy living a boring teenage life. Both our heroes seem to be at a crossroads with their crime fighting ways. On one hand Dave is seeking normalcy, but is finding that he isn’t cut out for the humdrum life, especially when there are new superheroes popping up all over. Dave decides to seek help from the baddest hero he knows in order to get more training to thwart crime: Hit-Girl. However, after a scrape with some thugs in an alley, Hit-Girl’s new dad, Marcus, makes her promise never to get involved with the crime world again. After all, she is a 15 year old girl.

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Let’s be honest, the reason we all went to see this flick is to watch some awesome foul mouthed action from our two heroes. Unfortunately,what we got was a melodramatic after-school special with some pretty unfunny jokes, one involving diarrhea and vomit, with a few awesome scenes thrown in. Very few. Mindy Macready struggles fitting in with the popular girls and asking boys out on dates, while Dave joins a rag-tag group of uninteresting superheroes. Even the super villains, led by The Motherf**ker are a total sham. The only time I was really engrossed in this flick was during Hit-Girl’s minor action sequences and anything to do with Mother Russia; both of those characters being bad-ass probably amounted to 45 minutes.

Kick-Ass 2 had a really hard time deciding what it wanted to be. The jokes fell flat in comparison to the original and were often weirdly placed making the scene seem forced and occasionally very mean-spirited. Hit-Girl’s struggle with joining the team and being a “normal” girl dragged on far too long. It served no purpose because we all knew who she was going to choose to be in the end. I understand there always has to be some sort of identity crisis within superhero stories, but this one was like watching an R rated episode of Full House.

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Now, because I hate writing completely negative reviews I do want to give mad props to Jim Carrey for playing a total bad-ass along with Christopher Mintz-Plasse for putting his all into The Motherf**ker. I also want to say that the action, while not as great, was still wildly entertaining. I just wanted to see more of it and less Mean Girls drama. I was really hoping that this would be every bit as awesome as the first and maybe that’s why I was so disappointed. I really think that this film should have gone back to the editing room. They waited three years to begin with, so what’s one more if it means giving fans the movie they deserve? So with a heavy heart, I have to say I do not recommend this movie at all.

If you do decide to go see it please share your thoughts in the comments. I would really like to hear why people liked it!

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