'Kick-Ass 2' Is Unnerving, but the Cartoonish Violence Isn't Really the Problem

By JJ Duncan on
Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in Kick-Ass 2. (From Universal)This movie is bound to give moviegoers more trouble than probably anything else they'll see all year. At its best, Kick-Ass 2 delivers completely awesome fight choreography and action sequences. It's fist-pumping stuff that will probably generate a lot of actual in-theater applause in the movie's opening weekend. The Bottom Line See it?Choose Your Own Adventure Why? The movie is so tonally...Read Full Story

A Reading List for Anyone Who Feels Conflicted About 'Kick-Ass 2'

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass 2. (From Universal)Whenever a movie as violent as Kick-Ass 2 comes along, it rekindles a violence-in-media debate that feels as stale as arguing over Marilyn Manson's unhealthy influence on teenagers. But for a moment let's take seriously the idea that a violent movie can be a conversation starter because there is some very interesting, very smart writing out there that plugs into various facets of this movie.Whether Kick-Ass 2 director...Read Full Story

Watch: Chloe Moretz Is Actually a Real-Life Bad Ass with a Butterfly Knife

By Darrick Thomas on
(Photo: Pacific Coast News | Universal)Stunt doubles are for wimps and the faint of heart. A real actor takes it upon herself to learn the ins and outs of various dangerous maneuvers, even if she's just 11-years-old. Take Chloe Moretz: Those scenes in Kick-Ass where she's whipping around a butterfly knife with skill of a seasoned ex-con — those moves are all her. Now 16 and on the promotional run for the film's sequel, Chloe's still knows her way around a knife, as she demonstrated for Conan...Read Full Story

Chloe Moretz Puts Jim Carrey's Controversial 'Kick-Ass 2' Comments in Proper Perspective

By Darrick Thomas on
(Photo: Universal)If you've seen the trailer for Kick-Ass 2 or happened to catch its predecessor or the comics it was based on, then you know part of the franchise's shtick is over-the-top violence (often involving teenagers). It's something Jim Carrey knew going into making the sequel, and was eventually the thing that made him inexplicably distance himself from the film, fearing it would inspire something tragic:Some of his co-stars have already given their take on Carrey's comments, but...Read Full Story

'Kick-Ass 2' Violence Used as a Selling Point Less Than a Day After Jim Carrey's Comments

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(Universal Pictures)Less than a day after Jim Carrey threw a wrench in the Kick-Ass 2 promotional machine by writing on Twitter that he could no longer "support that level of violence," Universal was using that same violence to pitch the film to European theater owners.On Sunday, Carrey wrote, "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. ... My apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events...Read Full Story