GIVE THIS BUM­MER THE BOOT, US, 103 MIN

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - MOVIES -

What was once so rad is now just plain sad. The orig­i­nal Kick­Ass was a mav­er­ick ex­cite­ment ma­chine, send­ing up and tak­ing down the en­tire comic-book su­per­hero genre with gen­uine, game-chang­ing panache. This ter­ri­ble se­quel is ev­ery­thing its sub­ver­sive pre­de­ces­sor so clev­erly avoided be­com­ing: a wit­lessly vi­o­lent, mean and misog­y­nis­tic af­fair. The all-new ad­ven­tures of am­a­teur crime­fight­ers Kick-Ass (Aaron John­son) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) are shod­dily de­riv­a­tive at best. At their worst, pro­ceed­ings amount to a new low for main­stream cin­ema in 2013. One truly scummy scene where at­tempted rape is played for laughs sums up the many de­press­ingly bad im­pulses be­ing in­dulged here. Avoid.

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