Parents' Guide to

Kick-Ass 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Insanely violent sequel lacks humor, originality.

Movie R 2013 113 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 18+

I didn't mind it, but didn't really like it either

When I was in high school, I couldn't wait to see this movie because I loved the first one a lot. Once it came out on demand/DVD, I finally got to watch it and it was just average at beast. I mean it still had funny moments but it also got pretty dumb at times. I guess it's worth one watch if you like the first like I did

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 13+

Kick Ass 2 is not what I expected

The thing that bugged me about this film? Dave hooks up with Night Bitch?! C'mon! He and Kate belong together. He should have fought for her in this movie. I hope they wind up together in the 3rd installment.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22):
Kids say (55):

The original Kick-Ass was a crazy, wild shocker that, while successful, was hardly a smash hit; this sequel seems arbitrary, obligatory, and unnecessary. KICK-ASS 2 lacks both the first movie's shock factor and its sense of humor. It doesn't even seem to have a cohesive idea or theme, bouncing back and forth between concepts of being a hero with a costume and being a hero without one. It sends Hit Girl back to high school for a bit of biting social satire, but that's quickly wrapped up and dropped. What's more, actor Taylor-Johnson, now big and muscular, is hardly the "ordinary" guy he was in the first movie. There's also a new director, Jeff Wadlow, who lacks the smarts and style of former director Matthew Vaughn. But the ultimate sign of "meh" is that not even Carrey (who publicly spoke out against the movie's violence after production was complete) can muster up anything exciting or loony to do. Certainly, prior knowledge of the characters conjures up a bit of goodwill at the start, but eventually, Kick-Ass 2 just throws in the towel.

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