Predictable Family Values Outrage Over Kick-Ass Begins

The only surprising thing about Australian family groups decrying the movie Kick-Ass is that American fundamentalist groups didn't get there sooner. According to Australia's Daily Telegraph, the Australian Family Association has said of the movie, "The language is offensive and the values inappropriate - without the saving grace of the bloodless victory of traditional superheroes."

The article also includes the note that the movie is scheduled for release in April "during school holidays"-- as if distributors specifically planned to release the R-rated movie (or, in Australia, rated MA) in time for impressionable schoolkids to catch it on their breaks. Really, I'm only writing about this because I expect it to be the first shot fired in a long line of debates over a movie in which a young girl shoots people in the head. Let me tell you this one time and one time only: it's not a movie for kids. Now let us all carry on with our lives.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend