Kick-Ass Approved For Younger Audiences Overseas, Parents Worried About Cursing

By Josh Tyler 2010-03-30 02:15:34discussion comments
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Normally itís America that has a reputation for allowing kids to watch graphic violence while restricting less harmful content like nudity, but in this case, we got it right and everyone else is getting it wrong. In the United States Kick-Ass is getting an R-rating, which prevents anyone under the age of seventeen from seeing it unless accompanied by an adult. However, News AU reports that in Australia the movieís getting a much milder MA +15 which allows 16-year-olds to see the movie unaccompanied. In the UK itís even more accessible to teens, with a British rating allowing kids 15 and up to attend.

In response, the usual parent groups are outraged. ExceptÖ theyíre not really outraged about all the right things. Look, whatever you think of Kick-Ass, itís hard to depict it as anything other than brutally, brutally violent. At one point in the film an 11-year-old girl leaps into a room with a huge knife and literally starts hacking people to bits. If thatís not R-rated material I donít know what is. And these parent groups, yeah theyíre a little worried about that. But, inexplicably, they seem just as worried about their kids learning to say ďcuntĒ.

In addition to being a sadistic killer, 11-year-old Hit Girl has a pretty filthy mouth in Kick-Ass. A lot of these parent groups seem to be focused on that, rather than the scene where she shoves a gigantic knife through a helpless, fleeing womanís chest and then laughs about it while blood spurts around the room. Focus On Familyís spokesperson says, ďI think seeing that kind of foul language normalizes it.Ē Well first, you canít see language unless the movieís subtitled, which this isnít. But even if it were, who cares? Words canít kill people, giant freakin knives can. Iíd take this whole thing more seriously if theyíd put their focus in the right place. Maybe it would help if some of these save the children groups actually saw the movie?

Really, if parent groups want something to complain about, forget worrying about Kick-Assís rating. Kids and teenagers in particular, sneak into things they want to see, no matter how you rate it. If I were in Focus On Family, Iíd be out protesting the movieís marketing campaign, which in recent weeks seems as though itís attempting to portray the film as a light-hearted, family comedy. If you were to make your movie-going decisions based purely on this particular filmís most recent TV spots, youíd never know Kick-Ass is a vicious, shockingly violent action movie.
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