"Kick Ass" is a superhero movie that people are, and still will be talking about for months to come. Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and brought to life by director Matthew Vaughn, the film tells the story of an ordinary high-schooler who decides to take the same route as Peter Parker and fight crime for a living. Unfortunately, the first time our hero tries it, he gets stabbed by two thugs, hit by a car, and rushed to the ER in an ambulance. In other words, not quite the usual pulp origin story we're used to. The film attempts to blend the fantasy of becoming a masked crusader with the reality and grittiness of a crime picture, and it succeeds in entertaining the audience for only a short period of time. I think kids will be able to handle the blood-spurting gore, filthy language, and sexual content because of the film's comical tone, but it's the ideas brought up that I'm concerned about. "Kick Ass" felt mean-spirited to me, just being violent for the sake of being violent, and rude and cynical just to be "different." Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my superheroes the way "Spider-man" or "The Dark Knight" showed them to me—flawed people trying to do good, instead of trying to get laid.