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Mark Millar, who writes the Kick-Ass comics, takes great pleasure in pushing already extreme situations even farther into up-your-nose territory. In the first movie, there was the gruesome girl-bashing scene toward the end (which I thought was a serious mistake); here it’s an attempted rape of one of Dave’s new costumed colleagues, a woman called Night Bitch (Lindy Booth). Non-fans of these films, of whom there are many, will likely be revolted by this assault. I think we can assume that Millar won’t feel their pain.
The story climaxes with the requisite bloodbath, as the Kick-Ass crew and their nemeses beat each other senseless. Given all the inventively staged and thrillingly well-edited mayhem we’ve already witnessed, however, this final conflict staggers on too long. Too much isn’t always not enough.
The movie feels like a hit. But as fast and funny as it is, it also feels like a placeholder in a larger story that will eventually be continued. Let’s hear it for the Hit-Girl spinoff that’s heavily foreshadowed at the end.
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