This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools.
By Jeremy Burton, Whitney Young
“Kick-Ass 2″ is a fun ride from start to finish. With a R rating, the crude humor and outlandish jokes may be hard to sit through if you are seated next to your mother. But, if you catch the film with a fun group of friends, then you may truly appreciate the laugh-out-loud puns that are produced when everyday teenagers decide to be superheroes and protect the streets of New York City.
Viewers should be warned that “Kick-Ass 2″ is in no way politically correct. In fact, the film crosses about every line that exists. Ranging from bizarre combinations of obscene language to superhero names derived from ethnicity, this film is definitely not suitable for all ages.
With that being said, viewers can still learn something from superheroes Kick-Ass and Hit Girl. The morals of this film are found more often in the actions of characters than in the dialogue. Unlike Spiderman or Superman, Kick-Ass and Hit Girl lack superpowers and the so-called knowledge that comes from being an adult. Therefore, as they battle villains, viewers also see everyday high school struggles such as being the new girl, losing a friend and dealing with worried parents and guardians.
On a larger scale, the film revolves around the usual good-versus-evil plotline. Heartwarming reasons why each character feels the need to fight evil are revealed in small doses and distract viewers from the ridiculous amounts of violence.
In short, “Kick-Ass 2″ is a fun, lighthearted movie that tackles the extremely serious issue of what life would be like if teenagers were superheroes in a thrilling 120 minutes.