Does Kick-Ass 2 Ruin Hit-Girl?

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Eric: And I think it's also weirdly placating to the wrong audience. I don't think comic book fans want to see Hit-Girl's greatest foe be the queen bitch at a high school. You're 100% right about the stakes - it means NOTHING.

Kristy: And if it's meant to reach out to female audience members, I think it misfires there too. From Mindy’s inexplicable entrance into the Mean Girl group to her inevitable ousting, the approach is totally color-by-numbers. But when it comes to the point where Mindy, who has been publically embarrassed by a queen bee of course, decides to stand up for herself, the result is disturbing not satisfying. Without giving away major spoilers, she decides to reject the mind game tactics that are such a standard trope of teen girl on teen girl attack, and instead lashes out at them violently. This makes some sense—she is a super violent vigilante after all—but considering the stakes of the other plot, this whole venture seems too petty. It just makes Mindy a bully, no better than they are, but maybe worse. This Hit-Girl isn't one I want to be vicariously.

Eric: All in all it's a stupid way of having the character turn a corner and it actually does make Hit-Girl seem like a worse person. It's still wrong, but we accept the character's violence in the first movie because she's doing it to killers and serious criminals - if she's willing to now physically assault people just for being mean to her it's crossing a line.

And I hate saying this because I think Chloe Moretz is a talented actress and really brought the character to life in the first movie, but to a certain degree I think she's aged out of the character in Kick-Ass 2.

Kristy: Exactly. It's not like it's Carrie--which funny enough also stars Moretz--these mean girls aren't evil enough to deserve the wrath of Hit-Girl, and the fact that Hit-Girl basically recognizes that and then seeks vengeance anyway made me turn on her.

To your second point, I think the character has aged out of the character. By making Hit-Girl a 15-year-old, her whole shtick is less transgressive and more petulant teen. It's grating more than it is boundary-pushing.

Eric: And it's strange to say, but there's an innocence factor that's removed as well. If it was a 13-year-old Hit-Girl that was going up against those same teenage mean girls I probably would have had been cheering her on.

Kristy: Yeah, there's definitely a sense Mindy should know better because she seemed so ahead of the game in the first film. Here, when she makes racist or homophobic remarks, it made me cringe because she should know better, right? She's not just some snarky, insulated teen, she's a hero who knows about evil in a way most kids can't imagine.

Eric: It's definitely a disappointing and steep step down from the awesome character we got to see in the first movie. Let's wrap this up - any final thoughts?

Kristy: I would go so far as to say if Hit-Girl is your favorite part of Kick-Ass you should skip Kick-Ass 2. Its version of Mindy is so devastating and lame that it made me actively dislike the character, and has cast a shadow over the first movie I enjoyed so much. If you love Hit-Girl, pretend this movie didn't happen.

Does Kick-Ass 2 ruin Hit Girl?

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