GIVE THIS BUMMER THE BOOT, US, 103 MIN
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.