Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name - Kick-Ass - assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers.
His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes - including an 11-year-old sword wielding dynamo, Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her father, Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) - and forges a friendship with another fledgling superhero, Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). But thanks to the scheming of a local mob boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong), that new alliance will be put to the test.
Kick-Ass Release Date
In Theaters April 16, 2010
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Chloe Grace Moretz, Mark Strong
Written by: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Adam Bohling, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, David Reid, Kris Thykier, Matthew Vaughn
Length: 118 min
MPAA Rating: [ R ]
External Info: Kick-Ass Official Website
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