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Kick-Ass | 2010 | R | - 7.9.10

A high school student and comic book fan (Aaron Johnson) is tired of his unremarkable life and decides to become a real-life superhero, despite the fact that he possesses no extraordinary powers, abilities or training. Inadvertently, he ends up as the target of a crime boss (Mark Strong), but to his assistance come a middle-aged man (Nicolas Cage) and 11-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz), a duo of costumed vigilantes who actually know how to shoot guns, wield knives and throw punches. Also with Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Garrett M. Brown. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [1:47]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A teen boy and a teen girl kiss passionately, she wraps her legs around his waist and he thrusts briefly while they stand in an alley. A teen girl and a teen boy kiss while sitting on a bed, he caresses her clothed breasts, they lie back, they kiss and it is implied that they have sex.
 A teen boy talks about masturbating while thinking about his female teacher: we see his fantasy, with the woman taking off her top, unfastening her bra, and cupping her hands over her chest, while inviting the boy to touch her (we see cleavage and her bare abdomen; we also see the teacher wearing a low-cut top that reveals deep cleavage when she leans over.
 A teen boy stands up and drops his pants while talking about women, girls and masturbation: we see his pants and underwear around his ankles and we see crumbled up tissues being tossed into a wastepaper basket (implying that he is masturbating).
 A woman wearing a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage and bare abdomen presses her clothed breasts together and wiggles them around trying to intimidate or entice a teen boy.
 A teen boy that's wearing jockey shorts and is bare-chested applies lotion to a teen girl's back (she is wearing only panties and her arms are crossed over her bare breasts); she think he's is gay, but he appears to be deriving sexual pleasure.
 A teen boy looks at a photograph of topless African tribal women in a magazine (we see their bare breasts). A woman wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage. We see a giant billboard featuring a woman wearing flesh-toned lingerie that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and bare legs. We see a poster of a scantily clad woman that reveals cleavage, bare thighs and hip. A teen boy is shown bare-chested.
 A man asks his teen son if the men who robbed and stabbed him also sexually assaulted him since when he was found he was nude (he states that he was not). A teen boy tells another teen boy that there is a rumor going around that he is gay. Three teen boys talk about a pornographic video. A teen boy talks about being invisible to girls. A teen girl talks about a person dressed as a super hero having a good body. A teen girl says "Hi gorgeous" and a teen boy mistakenly thinks she is talking to him. A man talks about a woman sitting on his lap while both are totally nude, and makes a crude sexual remark.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A teen boy enters an apartment where several men are sitting using drugs, he threatens one of the men and tasers him on the forehead (he thrashes and falls to his knees), two other men hold the teen while the tasered man recovers, pulls a large knife and approaches the teen in a threatening manner, but the man is stabbed through the back (we see a bloody sword pierce through his chest and he falls dead) and several other men are attacked and killed by an 11-year-old girl swinging a samurai sword: we see one man's leg cut off, a couple of men are stabbed in the head, a knife is thrown at another man, she chases a woman and stabs her through a door (we see the blade point poke through the door on the outside and blood trickles down) and one man is shot in the head (there's a lot of splattering blood with every death).
 A man is put into a large chamber, we are told it's like a microwave oven used to dry lumber, it is turned on, we hear whirring, see the man look pained, and he explodes and sprays blood and tissue all over the glass window of the chamber.
 A teen boy interrupts two men who are breaking into a car, they threaten him, he fights with them using two large sticks, they punch him and one stabs him in the stomach (we hear a crunch and see blood); he stumbles across a road and is then struck by a car and thrown, and he lands hard on the road while the car speeds away (the teen is very bloody and bruised in an ambulance taking him to the hospital and he's scarred later, after recovery).
 A man kicks an 11-year-old girl in the face (we see her bloody nose), he throws her around and she crashes into items in the room, she punches him and bites his neck and he tries to strangle her; she then slashes his arms with a letter opener, he punches her in the face twice more and she lies still on a collapsed table.
 A man is handcuffed to a car's steering wheel and the car is shown inside a large crushing device; the car is then crushed while the man screams and pleads and we see a splatter of blood on the windshield.
 An 11-year-old girl shot a man through the cheek (blood and tissue spray) and the bullet strikes another man who's behind him, and several other men are shot, stabbed and slashed with swords and guns (blood pools everywhere and we see gaping wounds). An 11-year-old girl kills many armed men by shooting at them while flipping and jumping; blood and matter splatters from wounds. An 11-year-old girl kills many men in a warehouse mostly by shooting them and throwing knives; the scene takes place mostly in the dark and she uses infrared goggles and a strobe light to hit her target (there's a lot of blood).
 A man attacks several men using guns and knives and slashes and shoots them all (we see blood spraying and pooling). A man is shot in the head and blood spurts.
 A man and a teen boy are tied to chairs while other men with brass knuckles and baseball bats beat them savagely (we hear them scream and see blood spray and splatter); they are then doused with gasoline and a man holds a lit cigarette lighter. A man with a bruised face and handcuffed to a chair is threatened by another man with a large long handled pruner (the blades are around one his fingers); we hear a clipping sound, the man is screams (implying that his finger was cut off) and then a gunshot is heard (we do not see the result). A man falls back and dies after being struck by two large knives.
 A man punches and kicks another man in the head then shoots him while he is on the ground; a man shoots a man in the back as he runs away (blood splatters).
 A man tied into a chair is slowly engulfed in flames when a fire is lit under his chair (he screams, his skin begins to bubble somewhat and eventually he dies).
 A teen appears outside a high-rise apartment building hovering with a jetpack that has two Gatling guns attached; he opens fire while moving horizontally, breaking many windows and mowing down many men. A man is shot with a bazooka and is propelled out a high-rise condo window and into the air for a certain distance, until he explodes with huge flames.
 An 11-year-old girl is shot twice and falls back out a window and onto the ground. A man is tasered on the neck (he thrashes and falls to the floor).
 Several men chase another man, they catch him and they punch and kick him repeatedly (we see his bloody head and face); a teen boy joins the fight, kicking and punching and the attackers start punching and kicking him; one man draws a knife and threatens the teen but they are interrupted by the sound of sirens.
 We see a building engulfed in flames and we see many men dead inside the building (one has a slit throat with blood on it, others have gunshot wounds or knife wounds and blood all around), two teen boys go inside, one checks out one of the bodies, tries to leave, opens a door and an explosion throws him back (they're both OK).
 A man with fabricated wings attached to his back jumps off a high-rise building and crashes onto a car parked in the street (we see the man's lifeless legs dangling off the crushed car's roof, while bystanders look on in shock).
 A man holding a gun stands at a distance from a young girl and tells her to get ready: he aims the gun and shoots her in the chest, she falls back, then gets up unharmed (she is wearing a bulletproof vest), and they negotiate amicably whether he is going to shoot her two more times. Two teens fight with sticks and they both end up on the floor unconscious.
 Two men in an alley mug two teen boys. A teen boy climbs up onto a billboard trying to retrieve a cat, and he slips and falls onto the ground below (he's OK).
 Two teen boys demand an 11-year-old girl's lunch money, she refuses, smiles, cracks her knuckles, the two boys threaten her and we hear punching and whimpering. A man threatens another man with physical violence.
 We hear that a teen boy's nerve endings were left dulled after numerous injuries and two other teen boys tease him by poking and hitting him, and asking if it hurts.
 A man puts a lit cigarette out on his hand (we do not see the result). A woman seated at a dining table collapses onto the tabletop and we hear that she died from an aneurysm. A teen girl sprays hairspray in a teen boy's eyes, strikes him with a tennis racket and raises a baseball bat to hit him again (she does not). A teen boy runs across a rooftop preparing to jump across to another roof, but stops short.
 A young girl twirls a knife and does tricks with it (she is not harmed). A young girl asks for a knife for her birthday. A young girl receives two knives as a gift.
 We see the full body X-ray of a teen boy that shows many metal rod implants and screws used to repair his numerous broken bones.
 A teen boy's bodyguard approaches another teen boy and tells him to go away (in crude terms). We hear that a pregnant woman committed suicide and that her baby survived. We hear that a man was framed as a drug dealer and sent to jail. We hear that a man gave a teen girl a black eye.


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 101 F-words and its derivatives (a few delivered by an 11 year-old girl), 7 sexual references, 37 scatological terms, 72 anatomical terms, 21 mild obscenities, name-calling (loner, psycho, crazy, freak, putz, retard, potsy, green condom, geek), many instances where the phrase "Kick-Ass" is spelled out on T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc., 2 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a drug from a pipe, a man snorts cocaine, a teen boy smokes marijuana while driving, men talk about cocaine trafficking and someone stealing from them, and a teen girl talks about being a volunteer at a needle exchange. A man drinks alcohol in a few scenes, we see alcohol bottles on tables in an apartment (no one is shown drinking), and a man drinks alcohol and smokes a cigarette in couple of scenes. A man smokes a cigarette and puts it out on his hand.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Super heroes, heroism, good vs. evil, death of a parent, goals, vigilantism, homophobia, mass murder, loneliness, love, live execution, revenge.

MESSAGE - Real superheroes do exist, and while extraordinary abilities are crucial, courage is truly indispensable.

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