What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like the original Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2 is insanely violent, taking comic book carnage to new heights. Viewers see many deaths, spurting blood, stabbings with pool cues and broken glass, shootings, and heavy fighting, punching, pummeling, and slamming of bodies. Language is also extremely strong, riddled with "f--k" and "s--t," as well as tons of sexual innuendo. (Characters are actually named "The Motherf----r" and "Night Bitch.") Hit Girl, who was 11 in the first movie, is now 15, so it's not quite as shocking when she participates in all this. But this time she becomes aware of sex for the first time, which is suggested in various ways. The older Kick-Ass has sex with a girl hero, and two topless women are shown. Bottom line? It's far more intense than your typical superhero movie and definitely not for kids.
  • Families can talk about Kick-Ass 2's violence. Is it necessary to the story to show such extreme, over-the-top fighting? Does it help illustrate the movie's themes better or more clearly? Could the movie have been less violent and just as effective?
  • What's interesting (or tragic) about the 15-year-old Hit Girl character? Is the idea of a skilled, confident teen girl superhero cool or disturbing? Or both? Why? Is she a role model or a cautionary tale?
  • What does the movie have to say about sex among high schoolers? Is Hit Girl too young to be thinking about sex? What's the fatal flaw of Kick-Ass's relationship with Night Bitch? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • What is the movie trying to say, overall? Can anyone truly be a superhero? Does being a superhero require a costume?
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