Kick Ass, the trailer


52 Responses to “Kick Ass, the trailer”

  1. firstbakingbook says:

    Brilliant! Someone has repackaged “Home Alone” for the manga crowd: annoyingly cute, precocious imp performs improbable feats while foiling the bad guys. Mainstream audiences prefer a cherubic young boy, while the manga audience, for reasons best left unexplored, prefer a prepubescent girl who uses violent sexual slang while wearing a fluorescent wig.

    As in “Home Alone”, I’ll be rooting for the bad guys.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Compose yourselves.

  3. Jack says:

    You know, what’s utterly astonishing about the apologists here is? If this was not a movie or a product, 100% nobody would be saying or defending a 12 year-old kid saying the f-bomb and c-word.

    Whether a kid says it or not is not the issue. Somehow folks who demand to be independently minded here are getting upset that anyone would dare say anything bad about a 90 minute+ movie you will pay $10 to see.

    I doubt that any of you would enter into a debate like this in any other forum. But a major movie company releases a product and what do you do? You trip over yourselves defending said product as if it were a human right and not a product.

    Like I said before, this trailer looks interesting. But the “Hit Girl” comments stand as well.

    • Lauchlin says:

      Actually, I have no problem with a 12 year old saying “cnt” or “fuck.” They’re just words, and this isn’t 1950. If you don’t think 12 year olds regularly use that language when their parents aren’t around, you’re deluding yourself.

      For the record, I don’t care about this movie. I don’t particularly like this kind of action movie, and I probably won’t see it. I just think this hand-wringing over a child actor being involved in CG violence and saying “fuck” on camera is so out of touch that it’s offensive.

  4. gths says:

    Please, it’s not as if we’re giving money to Nestle or something.

  5. TokenFrenchDude says:

    That looks fun !

    I do hate trailers that give out the whole movie, though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Truthfully, I don’t think it’s wrong or “out there” to imagine that children are, in fact, children and don’t cuss and do bad things, but, in reality, they do. A child actor’s agent cannot sign a child on for a part without the child’s parental concent, so her parents are apparently okay with it. As long as that’s the case, it’s fine.

    I have to admit that I wasn’t really sold on this movie until I watched the trailer on this page. The red-band trailer was interesting, but I don’t really care for Hit-Girl’s “tough girl” routine. However, I am definitely going to be seeing this movie, if only because I can’t wait to see “Kick-Ass” spelled out on the movie marquee here in the Bible Belt. :-D

    • Cowicide says:

      I predict some of the Bible Belt marquees will say ” Kick-A** ” instead. Then again, good christians don’t really seem to mind senseless violence too much… it’s the sex thing that really gets em.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s irritating to see so many comments about the morality of this movie. Even though I agree there are some moral issues you can debate over having such a young girl do such mature things, you all need to realize you are fighting over a philosophical question. There is no one true answer. Sure its obvious which one pops into the mind of parents and the guys who rate movies first, but you could make a whole career out of analyzing what these things may or may not do to child stars, whether or not they are forced into it by parents, etc, etc, etc.

    In the end, I personally find the trailers (especially the newest greenband and the redband one) very entertaining. While it is too early to tell, from the looks of the trailers (and the early reviews) a lot of time and effort was put into making this movie. They didn’t just put Chloe Moretz in front of the camera and have her randomly drop the F-bomb every other word and then delimb a guy just for the heck of it.

    I for one applaud the makers of Kick-Ass for having the guts to stray away from the norm and make a movie they are passionate about. Kick-Ass will likely turn out to be original, creative, and (this is my inner geek talking) if not a box office hit, at least a cult classic.

  8. chip says:

    For even more awesome, see the red band trailer:

    Highly NSFW.

    • alisong76 says:

      I had no plans to see this.

      Until now.

    • weatherman says:

      Holy shit – I had no interest in seeing that movie, even after seeing the bb posted trailer, but then watching the one Chip recommended turned me around completely. Amazing how a few well chosen words and well placed bullets can transform an otherwise ordinary YA underwearpervert remake of Spy Kids into something that actually might live up to its title.

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed — the red band trailer definitely kicks it up a notch.

      • spocko says:

        I’m with weatherman. Wow. What a great trailer the red band trailer turned out to be.

        Reminds me of another over the top action movie “Shoot ‘em up” with Clive Owens.

  9. jimbuck says:

    The hit girl nsfw trailer didn’t sit well with me. It’s bad enough the movies feature the level of graphic (and close up) violence that they do. But to add a young child (boy or girl) to the mix just seems wrong. Toss in the cuss words and the wig — I dunno. Definitely Home Alone w/ a lousy twist. I’ll blame my opinion on my 3 daughters.

    I imagine in a few months Hannity, O’Reilly, et al will be discussing this … which is fine I suppose, but it’s just free publicity. It’s certainly not illegal. Just seems in poor taste.


  10. boingaddict says:

    i will sooo see this….

  11. sirkowski says:

    Last time BB posted a Kick-Ass trailer half the commenters got the vapors because of the swearin’ loli.

  12. autobulb says:

    I just hope the movie does the novel justice when it comes to gore ^_^

  13. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, tv shows like South Park has featured cussin’ minors for over a decade and nobody raises an eyebrow over that anymore.

    • Cowicide says:

      Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, tv shows like South Park has featured cussin’ minors for over a decade and nobody raises an eyebrow over that anymore.

      Newsflash… the South Park “minors” are voiced by consenting adults… NOT children. Whatever… you fucking cnts will never get it.


  14. I less than three mermaids says:

    Finally, a film with a descriptive title!

  15. Anonymous says:

    “That’s right, we’re superheroes, you love us.”

  16. Cowicide says:

    By the way, by all means… enjoy this movie… I’m not saying anyone should get together and try to protest or ban the movie. If piece of shit parents have this little respect for their children to subject them to this kind of crass stuff then by all means go ahead. I just don’t have to have respect for them… at all.

    Now moove along… moove along, cattle… I just don’t like your little movie’s childsploitation, it’ll be ok. You’ll survive.. go grab some more Cheetos, it’ll be ok.

  17. davedorr9 says:

    I would like to pre-order on blu-ray. Thank you. wow. The red band version of the trailer is SOO. MUCH. BETTER.

    Thank you.

  18. mgfarrelly says:

    Oh please, some very good points about kids, violence and who the audience is for this movie were raised in that thread. Reducing any objection to tweens and teens kicking the snot out of each other for the amusement of fully-grown adult to some kind of blue-hair hand-wringing is painfully reductionist.

    I’m not going to see it, it holds no appeal for me and I do question why an adult would be amused by kids engaged in graphic violence. Should there be a protest? A boycott? A campaign? No. But it’s a valid question that deserves more of an answer than “Huh huh, cuz it’s awesome.”

    I freely confess to being a do-gooder nancy-nanny type who finds the notion of children and violence stomach-churning both in reality (child soldiers? touts and runners in the drug trade?) and in fiction.

    • alisong76 says:

      You are SO RIGHT. Putting a real gun in a child soldier’s hand is JUST LIKE putting a prop gun in a child actress’s, having her say a few cuss words no twelve year old ever uttered in the history of playgrounds ever, and painting in some CGI blood after the event.

      I’ll be seeing it because I think it looks like fun. If I like it, I might even see it twice. I’m glad I don’t need your approval, seeing as you you apparently “question” me and my taste. And here I thought I’d seen the extent of preciousness some people are capable of. You just raised *that* particular bar.

      • Cowicide says:

        You are SO RIGHT. Putting a real gun in a child soldier’s hand is JUST LIKE putting a prop gun in a child actress’s

        [cow smacks alisong7 on the noggin with a hickory stick]

        alisong76… sigh… mgfarrelly never said that you infant.

        And, I hate to break it to you, but NOBODY CARES if you go see the movie or not. If that’s the most “radical” thing you can pull off is see an “edgy” movie… then you are weak, bro. I hope my statements don’t have your weak heart all a flutter.

        Demand more Cheetos snacks from your Mom, that’ll calm ya back down…. you “radical”… you…

  19. Brainspore says:

    The trailer had me sold until the slo-mo shots of the little girl’s martial arts skills dragged it back into the realm of “typical superhero vigilante movie.”

    • Cowicide says:

      The trailer had me sold until the slo-mo shots of the little girl’s martial arts skills dragged it back into the realm of “typical superhero vigilante movie.”

      Well, she’s not typical in all ways… she’s also is a child that screams “fuck!” and “cnt!” while she slaughters people. So that makes her atypical and apparently hilarious to those that get off on that sort of thing.

      I’d like to like this movie, but that’s so incredibly lame… and I have a bad feeling from the looks of this trailer that aside from the novel use of extremely foul language and brutality from a child…. this does simply devolve into a “typical superhero vigilante movie”.

      But, then again.. who knows? Maybe it’ll be a great movie aside from the crass childsploitation angle?

      • Brainspore says:

        I actually think there’s a really clever idea for a movie in there somewhere, but if your whole premise is supposed to be “what if a bunch of ordinary people decided to fight for justice as superheroes” then you shouldn’t follow it up with “little girl can bring down professional killers like she was raised in ‘The Matrix.’”

  20. Darren Garrison says:

    I’ve read 7 issues of the comic. My verdict is “meh.” The writers are transparently obviously trying to be offensive to the “squares” just for the sake of being offensive. Other than that, there is nothing really new, unique, or remarkable about them.

  21. Chris Tucker says:

    Hit-Girl isn’t real. She is being portrayed by an actress. The world Hit-Girl lives in isn’t real.

    If you cheered when the Deathstar was blown up, with the deaths of thousands of people, not to mention all the prisoners, you really can’t gripe about Hit-Girl’s language or killing scumbags.

    It’s fiction.

    Now, the whole changing magazines scene in the redband trailer. They’re just one-upping a scene in “Equilibrium”.

    Hit-Girl rocks! And I am SO going to see this in the theater.

    • Cowicide says:

      Hit-Girl isn’t real. She is being portrayed by an actress. The world Hit-Girl lives in isn’t real.

      Oh really, I did not know that. Well, Captain Obvious.. I’ve got some obvious “news” for you… the child actress IS real.

      • mdh says:

        Cowicide, I know 9 year olds with a better -applied- understanding of moral consistancy than you do. Your concern has been noted, and rebutted.

        FYI – carrying on and being trite about it is purest trollery, which is really no worse a sin than getting a 9 year old to swear. Get it?

        • Cowicide says:

          carrying on and being trite about it is purest trollery, which is really no worse a sin than getting a 9 year old to swear. Get it?

          Hahaha…. And I’m the one that’s supposed to have issues with morals? It’s not the child’s CHOICE to be prodded to swear and perform simulations of bloody, brutal acts. That’s why we call consenting adults “consenting”. Get it?

          Whatever… if it screws the kids mind up and she has issues in the future because of it, so be it… the masses must be entertained no matter the risks.

          It’s not like violent imagery effect kids at all or anything. It’s not like studies have shown that children who consume media violence are more likely to be aggressive in the real world and suffer from everything from general anxiety to nightmares. The Stanford University studies on children mean nothing to you, I suppose.

          Well, his royale highness must be entertained at all costs… Give me convenience or give me death… right?

          • jerkzilla says:

            It’s not the child’s choice? Really? Remember the Youtube video interview with Cloe Montez (the actress who plays Hit-girl) I pointed you to during the last Kick-Ass thread? The one where she said that she actively sought out the role and thought it was the best role she’s ever done? You said that you watched it, then completely changed your attack? Remember that? And now you’re going back to your “She was forced” lies? Please stop lying and twisting the truth in order to force reality to your point of view. t mks y lk lk dck.

          • Cowicide says:

            Jerkzilla… I want to apologize for the previous posts that were inflaming your fragile sensibilities on this matter. As of now, I have instructed my 7 year old niece to cease and desist from creating any more vicious posts with my Cowicide account name. Please remit any further complaints to

      • Chris Tucker says:

        Yep, that actress is a child.
        Are you implying that this 11 year old child in the USA has never heard nor uttered “four letter” words before she appeared before the camera in this film?

        She’s an actor. And since the invention of the synchronized sound track, actors speak dialog written for them.

        YOU may find it icky. SO don’t see the movie.

    • Jack says:

      I was actually a bit offput by a real world 12-year-old actress dropping the F-bomb and C-bomb. That disturbs me.

      But will say, this trailer grabs me…

      But also need to point out to folks that Lionsgate is a notorious dumping ground of a company whose output is questionable at best. Meaning no moral issues; just unwatchable. And an April release? Errr…

      Trailers are fine and dandy. If the final product doesn’t add up to the awesomeness teased, don’t be surprised.

  22. zuludaddy says:

    Seems to me the comics are ultimately about celebrating and valuing a certain kind of otaku-ness, and comics themselves. And also about kicking ass.

    I hereby certify this pairing to be a winning combination.

    [Redband does rock harder, and is a better sell.]

    • Anonymous says:

      Seems to me the comics are ultimately about recognizing the difference between fiction and reality, whilst taking a piss at a certain kind of otaku-ness. And also about kicking ass.

      But maybe that goes above most peoples heads.

      As I understand it, these characters aren’t ever supposed to be role-models. In fact, the comics make it clear that all these guys are damaged goods, especially the Hit Girl-character whose batshit insane father has spent every moment of her formative years teaching her to kill people. She’s not really even supposed to be likable.
      Doesn´t mean we can’t enyoy their moves, but it’s supposed to be more of a pitch-dark comedy than an action story, if you ask me.

      Hopefully this movie will avoid the trap that the Watchmen movie fell into by making cardboard cut-out heroes out of their anti-heroes.
      Many of the comments on these thread show that todays viewers have a really hard time grokking the difference between hero and anti-hero – or, indeed between fiction and reality – as it is.

  23. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    Love it. Just love it. Echoing comments above, this movie looks to be just the fluff I need. So ashamed. Not.

  24. Anonymous says:

    just want to remind every one that boingboing was hyping ninja assassin six months ago.
    that said I will definitely risk 8 bucks on this also.

  25. Anonymous says:

    OK, issues about kids swearing aside, does anybody know the name of the “Na, na, na … na-na-na-na” song from the redband trailer?

    Thanks in advance!

  26. Anonymous says:

    There lots more “OH NOES PEODOBEAR ULTRAVIOLENCE!!” gnashing of teeth in the comments when Cory posted the Red Band trailer a few weeks ago:

    I liked the tone of this trailer best myself:

    But McLovin as a ricer drivin superhero sidekick?

    Yeah, I’m in.

  27. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    Hit Girl is Tha Shizznat. This movie is going to 100% Awesome. It’s got McLovin kicking the shit out of people and Nicholas Cage dressed up as Wanna-Be Batman. There’s really no way it can wrong.

  28. Lauchlin says:

    People who inflate a child actor swearing and simulating violence to some kind of moral cause are so far removed from reality that they’re not even worth considering. You question what kind of adult wants to see a movie with a child doing these things, and I question what world you grew up in where 12 year olds never say “Fuck” or act violently, and also how you could could be so disconnected to believe this even registers on the list of available moral outrages you could be complaining about.

  29. Chris Tucker says:

    It’s not the child’s CHOICE to be prodded to swear and perform simulations of bloody, brutal acts.

    Yes, yes it is. When she read for the part, she could have decided not to do it.

    Free will and all that sort of thing.

    And it’s impossible to predict what effect a role will have on a child actor.

    The youngest girl from “Family Affair” died from an O.D..

    The “Dennis The Menace” TV show turned Jay North into a Mormon!

    Two remarkably non-violent and inoffensive TV shows.

    In any event, your concern has been noted and will be dealt with accordingly.

    • Jack says:

      Yes, yes it is. When she read for the part, she could have decided not to do it.
      Yes, the judgement of 12 year-olds and their agents/stage-parents is always level headed. I mean, we let folks vote at 12 right?


  30. justanotherusername says:

    Funny how it’s ok to shoot people’s head off, just don’t say “fuck” while you”re doing it or you get rated adults only.
    Funny 2 how it’s actually a kid doing it.

    Movie doesn’t look too promising btw.

    Oh wait, the trailer looks exciting, what am I thinking, of course this movie is going to be AWESOME. My bad.

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