The 2013 sequel to Kick-Ass, the sequel adapts the second volume of the comic book & the Hit-Girl interquel.It's three years after Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) hung up his tights as Kick-Ass, and 15-year old Mindy McCready (Chloe Moretz) is starting highschool at Dave's school...in theory. In reality, whilst Mindy's guardian is trying to give her a normal life, she's skipping school every day to train and fight criminals as Hit-Girl. Dave, bored with his life after retiring from superheroics, begs her to take him on as a sidekick. After Dave gets back in the tights, he soon learns that he & Hit-Girl are no longer the only costumed vigilantes in New York, and joins Justice Forever, a group of like minded individuals led by Colonel Stars & Stripes (Jim Carrey).Meanwhile, Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is still seeking revenge on Kick-Ass for the death of his father, and suddenly finds himself in a position to do something about it.While the majority of the cast returns, Jeff Wadlow replaces Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman as directer & writer, whilst Vaughn remains co-producer. The film opened in August 2013, to mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment, with domestic gross just making up slightly more than its $28 million budget (though international gross helped recoup it worldwide).
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Adapted Out: Several of the Motherfucker's most horrific actions in the second volume of the comic (Such as raping Katie & killing Colonel Stars' dog).
Adaptation Expansion: In the comics, Chris learnt Kick-Ass's secret identity during the climax of Volume 1. Because that didn't happen in the first film, Todd lets slip that it was Dave's father who was arrested for being Kick-Ass & not Dave himself. Another by-product of this, is that the Toxic Mega Cunts didn't attack the neighborhood where Katie's family lived so they could attack Kick-Ass through her, and he instead goes after Night-Bitch of Justice Forever, a bit-part character in the comics.
Adaptation Name Change: Colonel Stars & Stripes' dog is named Eisenhower, as opposed to Sophia in the comic. Furthermore, Colonel Stars & Stripes was simply Colonel Stars in the comic, whilst Lieutenant Stripes was his his brother.
An extended scene has the Colonel explain that Eisenhower is her hero name and that Sofia is her secret identity.
Advertised Extra: Colonel Stars & Stripes only has 7 minutes and 45 seconds of screentime (according to IMDB) before being killed by Mother Russia. But, hey, it's Jim Carrey, after all, so naturally his name is on the poster, and he is present in the majority of the promo materials.
Age Lift: Hit-Girl/Mindy McCready is aged to 15, as opposed to remaining 12 as in the comic.
Dave and Mindy seem to have formed one by the end of the film.
Black Dude Dies First: Averted quite awesomely. The most prominent superhero of color, Doctor Gravity, survives the length of the film (how much longer than that depends on if he can control his Ax-CrazyAscended Fanboy tendencies.) Big Daddy's ex-partner Marcus also escapes death, but for aiding and abetting Hit-Girl, he will likely go to prison. In the context of the final battle, Black Death being Hit-Girl's first fatality arguably counts.
Katie is also retroactively revealed to be one, as she reveals she was cheating on Dave all along before breaking up with him over a misunderstanding, without giving him any chance to explain.
Bittersweet Ending: The Motherfucker along with the Toxic Mega Cunts are defeated, and Mindy and Dave share a kiss. However, costumed heroes are now outlawed and Mindy's on the run from the police after killing six criminals who kidnapped Dave.
A somewhat literal one: During the training montage, the female half of Remembering Tommy places a brick in a purse as a weapon. This comes back in the final fight.
A straighter example happens when we see the "sick stick" devices Mindy uses on the popular bitches, making them vomit and void their bowels against their own will. That also comes back during the final fight.
The shark, and whether it's alive or dead. Alive, as Motherfucker finds out.
When Mindy leaves to go on her first date, she mentions that she can "kill a man with his own finger". She later proves this on Black Death.
One of Dave's schoolmates in an early scene is rude to Dave, and is said to be a twitter follower of Motherfucker. The character later shows up as one of the horde of Toxic Mega Cunts in the finale, identifiable by his haircut.
Break the Cutie: Attempted by Brooke against Mindy whom she thinks is innocent and fragile. It works for that evening.
Brown Note: The "sick stick" device, judging by its effects, is based on this urban legend.
Bullet Time: Hit Girl after being injected with adrenaline during her fight with Mother Russia.
But Now I Must Go: Hit-Girl leaves New York City at the end of the film after killing some mooks with a cop's Glock 17 while saving Dave.
California Doubling: The early fight, with Kick-Ass and Doctor Gravity, is supposed to take place in New York, but shop signs such as Mr. Sub and Telus Mobile says that this is a Canadian corner, most likely in Toronto.
Callback The following exchange between Dave and Marty, when Marty finds out Dave is Kick-Ass, is pretty much word for word with one that happens between Dave and Katie when she finds out he's Kick-Ass.
Marty: Dave, Why are you dressed as Kick-Ass? Dave: I am Kick-Ass.
Captain Ethnic: Genghis Carnage and Black Death, as named by D'Amico. Javier calls him out on them. There's also Mother Russia.
Javier: You gotta stop with the racial stereotyping. Chris: They're archetypes.
Cheap Costume: Almost all superheroes and supervillains in the movie wear shoddy makeshift costumes.
Chekhov's Gun: The "last resort" needles. Which turn out to be adrenaline.
Chekhov's Lecture: Colonel Stars-And-Stripes teaches his fellow heroes to use open-palm strikes when aiming for the face, as a closed fist is likely to result in self-injury. When he forgets this against Mother Russia, she is unharmed and he recoils in pain. Of course, this being Mother Russia, he could have done it the right way and probably wouldn't have fared any better.
Any time Hit-Girl takes somebody on in the film, except for Mother Russia.
Any time Mother Russia gets her hands dirty in the film, including single handedly taking out a squad of ten cops and wiping the floor with Hit-Girl. Hit-Girl is forced to trick her into injecting her with adrenaline to get the upper hand and then Mother Russia winds up receiving a curbstomping of her own.
Dark Messiah: The Motherfucker tries to invoke this with mixed results. He calls himself an "evil Jesus" before he falls off the roof, and about midway through the fall he realizes his mistake, and falls into a shark tank, where his pet shark bites off his legs and penis.
Demoted to Extra: Katie's screentime is drastically reduced compared with the first film, almost to the extent of being a Sequel Nonentity. But then again, she barely appears in the Kick-Ass 2 comic, even when you account for the rape scene.
Designated Girl Fight: Downplayed and justified. Both Hit-Girl and Mother Russia are shown fighting, and severely wounding/killing several male mooks early in the movie. When it comes to the climax, they face off against each other, who are clearly the most competent fighters on either side.
Disney Villain Death: When Motherfucker purposely allows himself to fall from his HQ's roof (an action that he hilariously regrets during his fall) he lands safely on his shark tank... And of course, only to be eaten by said shark seconds later. The Stinger shows he survived, albeit with his legs and dick bitten off by the shark.
The Dragon: Mother Russia is the Motherfucker's strongest and by far deadliest minion. Not only does she take out ten police officers by herself, but she's the one who takes on Hit-Girl during the final fight.
Eleventh Hour Superpower: The "last resort" adrenaline shot is this for Hit Girl, allowing her to completely turn the tables on Mother Russia.
Even Evil Has Standards: Invoked by The Motherfucker. D'Amico remorselessly orders Mother Russia to kill Colonel Stars and decapitate him, but he is taken aback when Mother Russia asks him if he wants the Colonel's dog killed.
Motherfucker: Jesus Christ, I'm not that evil!
Evil-Detecting Dog: Eisenhower figures out the Toxic Mega Cunts are ambushing Colonel Stars and Stripes before the man himself does. It doesn't help.
Evil Is Hammy: After becoming a full-fledged supervillian, Chris D'Amico starts chewing scenery by the truckload.
Exact Words: Mindy uses this during the scene of Dave's training shown at the start of the film. After shooting him in the chest (whilst wearing a bullet-proof vest) when he said he wasn't ready for it, she goes for a higher-calibre gun to try again. He tells her not to do the same thing and shoot him in the chest anyway and she promises not to. He then turns around and she shoots him in the back instead.
Fake American: Aside from Jim Carrey, who is Canadian: Daniel Kaluuya (Black Death), Andy Nyman (The Tumor), Steven Mackintosh and Monica Dolan (Remembering Tommy), Iain Glen (Ralph D'Amico), Robert Emms (Insect Man), Ella Purnell (Dolce, one of the popular girls), as well as Dave Lizewski himself (Aaron Johnson) are all played by British Actors.
Hypocritical Humor: A very dark example. Mother Russia asks The Motherfucker if she should kill Colonel Stars and Stripes' dog too. He replies "Jesus Christ! I'm not that evil!". He then orders the mortally wounded Colonel beheaded.
Idiot Ball: Miranda Swendlow posted on Facebook that she's in a relationship with Kick-Ass. This helps The Motherfucker confirm Miranda's identity as Night Bitch.
I Just Want to Be Normal: Hit Girl tries this for most of the movie, but realises that fighting evil is a responsibility she can't ignore.
Mother Russia does heavy damage with a propane canister, a car door, and a lawn mower to name a few.
The Tumor is also shown to have killed two guys with a broken pool cue.
Hit-Girl manages to kill Mother Russia with shards of glass.
Jumped at the Call: All the costumed heroes in the city. Even in the climax, after they've been outlawed, they still arrive as reinforcements when Kick-Ass and Mindy need to fight the Toxic Mega Cunts.
Jump Scare: A more comical one, but after Colonel Stars and Stripes' crew beat up and restrain members of the prostitution ring, the last guy tries to run for it, only for the Colonel himself to leap from off screen and tackle him down.
Just Desserts: Motherfucker gets eaten by his own shark at the end.
Juxtaposition Gag: In a serious moment, showing Hit Girl in uniform on a pink bed in a very girly room.
Todd/Ass-Kicker reveals to the Motherfucker that the man who was arrested for being Kick-Ass was actually Dave's father. Despite being remorseful, he doesn't get any comeuppance from Dave or any of the other Justice Forever members. Somewhat subverted in that Todd doesn't seem to realise just how evil the villains are & he probably did not even figure out what they did to Dave's father. Once he realises how evil they are, he quickly switches sides.
Ralph D'Amico never gets punished for making the Motherfucker go Axe Crazy or for ordering one of his thugs to kill Javier. To be fair, though, if the comic version is anything to go by, Chris' antics and the resulting attention no doubt caused plenty of problems for Ralph and his organization.
Kick the Dog: The Motherfucker ordering Dave's father killed and sending a picture of his murder to him. Notably, though, he refuses to kill Eisenhower, the Colonel's dog.
Last Minute Hookup: After several people believing that Mindy and Dave were in a relationship, at the end of the film Mindy kisses Dave before leaving New York.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: As part of the film's comic-motif and This Is Reality theme, Dave tries to talk some sense into The Motherfucker by saying that there won't be a sequel if he dies. The film is unlikely to receive a sequel.
Legion of Doom: Purposefully invoked by the Motherfucker, who recruits the toughest crooks he can find and gives them supervillain names and costumes.
Lemming Cops: The police units just keep coming to get killed by Mother Russia one by one while Motherfucker tries to rape Miranda, without any kind of normal police procedure for an armed and dangerous criminal, such as setting up a perimeter and keeping out of her immediate reach.
1: The film is much more toned down from the comics as both the filmmakers and even Chris D'Amico's actor were opposed to doing a straight adaptation. Case in point, the comic features Motherfucker raping Katie, shooting several children, killing Colonel Stars & Stripes' dog & placing the head on the Colonel's corpse, & outright bombing every comic book shop in New York, none of which occurs in the film. The ending alone sees Kick-Ass, Battle Guy & Ass-Kicker wanted & Hit-Girl arrested for being vigilantes, with Marcus being arrested for knowingly sheltering a vigilante; and Motherfucker thrown from a building & in a broken mess in an alley as opposed to the film having Kick-Ass resolving to become the hero New York needs, Hit-Girl kissing Dave then leaving New York to avoid being sent to prison, and Motherfucker being comically eaten by his shark.
2: It cuts back on the swears and violence of the first movie as well. There's less emphasis on gore and scenes of murder are mercifully cut short. Though there is a certain gross out scene you should watch out for if your squeamish.
Male Gaze: Night Bitch's costume shows a substantial amount of cleavage. Mother Russia's costume has about the same coverage of a bikini. Topless female extras appear in one scene. The Toxic Mega Cunts watch a stripper perform in their VIP section.
Moral Myopia: Katie is furious when she thinks Dave is cheating on her with Mindy, and dumps him, despite the fact that she has been cheating on him for some time herself, which she shows no remorse for.
A few, with the most notable being Kick-Ass' costume for the final fight (armoured with Big Daddy's armour) looking almost identical to the costume of hero Silver Beetle from Hit-Girl.
Another one from Hit-Girl: in the midquel, Hit-Girl dismisses Night Bitch as a serious superhero because her costume shows too much skin, and dismisses the superhero Tarantula for publishing his own secret identity on Facebook. Here, Night Bitch is Hit-Girl's rival in love (and Hit-Girl wondered if hers was a superhero codename or the title of a porn movie), and the Toxic Mega Cunts visit her at home, attempt to rape her and beat her to a pulp due her bright idea of saying on her personal Facebook page she was in a relationship with Kick-Ass, thus allowing The Motherfucker to confirm her superhero identity.
Not Hyperbole: Hit-Girl claims to be able to kill a man with his own finger. During the final fight, she shows she wasn't kidding.
Not What It Looks Like: Dave and Mindy have an unfortunately timed and worded conversation about her departure from vigilantism in the middle of a crowded hallway at school.
Off with His Head!: Mother Russia does this to Colonel Stars & Stripes with a machete, who had already been fatally wounded by her.
One Woman Army: Mother Russia. There's good reason she's the highest paid of The Motherfucker's gang.
Genghis Carnage: $50,000? She's worth it!
One Steve Limit: Referenced in-universe by Javier when Motherfucker gave Olga the name Mother Russia. Ultimately averted when Motherfucker decided to keep her name intact, resulting in two "Mother"s in their team.
Only in It for the Money: Subverted. Though it's the reason why most people join The Toxic Mega Cunts in the beginning, they all have way too much fun doing it to say it's true. Mother Russia gets paid more than the others ($50,000 a week plus expenses) but she certainly earns it.
Outside Ride: Mindy atop the villains' van while she tries to rescue Dave.
Police Are Useless: It's hard to really empathise with Marcus' desire to see Mindy lead a normal life when you realise just how useless the police are. They're either completely corrupted or just plain incompetent. By taking Hit-Girl off the streets, he's indirectly responsible for several deaths. In fairness to the police, they are more used to average criminals than the antics of those who have styled themselves as supervillains, and on their part do put up what seems to be a pretty even fight with The Motherfucker's goons at Dave's dad's funeral only armed with Glock 17s, while The Motherfucker's goons use fully-automatic AK-47s and Genghis Carnage uses a Penn Arms PGL-65. The only time they get completely curb-stomped is when they fight against Mother Russia, a former member of the KGB who is an even better fighter than Hit-Girl.
Politically Incorrect Villain: The Motherfucker is an unapologetic racist and sexist. Though he might have deliberately gone out of his way to be that way in order to be more "evil."
Posthumous Character: Big Daddy, after his death in the first movie. Sure, he never shows up, but there's lots of lingering shots of his portrait, and his armor. In the final fight, Kick-Ass wears Big Daddy's armor.
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Justice Forever are quite a motley crew, mostly composed of hero wannabes with big psychological problems.
Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Subverted. Sure, Motherfucker tries to rape Night Bitch, but he can't get an erection. Cue a few seconds of awkwardly masturbating into his cape, before just giving up entirely.
Reality Ensues: Much in keeping with the comic book, the movie highlights why exactly superheroes don't exist in real life. Turns out the police don't much appreciate vigilantes trying to do their jobs for them. Also, a mask is a terrible disguise, as Nightbitch found out to her dismay. The Motherfucker is able to track her down via "not-facebook" once he saw a picture of her real face.
Save the Villain: Kick-Ass tries to save Motherfucker from falling through a glass roof. He swats away his hand, to die a martyr, and plummets to his...shark tank. Then he finds out the shark's very much alive.
Sequel Escalation: Instead of just three, now there are dozens of real-world superheroes and supervillains running around.
Series Continuity Error: At the end of the first film, Mindy starts going to School as opposed to being homeschooled by her father. It's not a middle school, but Dave's high school, implying she's tested into high school. However, 3 years later in the sequel, she's in the 9th grade when she should be at least a senior like Dave.
Ship Tease: The entire movie is this for Mindy and Dave. But with Mindy being forced to leave the city at the end after kissing Dave, their future status is unknown.
Katie's parents, who died in the same scene as the Motherfucker's Adapted Out raping of Katie.
Stop or I Will Shoot!: Subverted. Colonel Stars & Stripes holds Mother Russia at gunpoint with his unloaded Smith & Wesson 5946 when The Toxic Mega Cunts ambush the Colonel while he's at the Justice Forever HQ. However, Mother Russia manages to take his gun away and tries to shoot him with it. She discovers that the gun is emptynote The Colonel never carried it loaded, for safety reasons, so she stabs him from behind with her machete before snapping his neck and decapitating him.
Stripperiffic: Night Bitch's costume is definitely intended to attract attention.
Super Registration Act: After a series of violent crimes by The Motherfucker and his gang, the police start rounding up all costumed vigilantes.
Superhero Paradox: Dave's big dilemma in this movie: he spends a lot of it deciding whether the superhero wave he created is better or worse for the city. In the end, the superheroes disband and become plain-clothes heroes, with the exceptions of Kick-Ass himself and Hit-Girl, while Hit-Girl's on the run from the police.
Supervillain Lair: The Motherfucker builds one for himself, complete with a shark tank and pole dancers.
Swear Jar: Marcus has taken to using one on Mindy. She's even using bills instead of coins. In the first scene we see it, she's already filled it, and comments he'll need a bigger jar. Later in the movie, we see a second jar has been added. That one is full too.
Taking Up The Mantle: In the last battle, Kick-Ass wears the body armor from Big Daddy's suit and in the end he also inherits Hit Girl's base including its arsenal.
Too Dumb to Live: The leader of the muggers, after he and his group receive a major ass kicking from Hit-Girl, she offers to let him go if he promises to no longer mug people otherwise she'd "go Saudi Arabia on your ass" and cut off one of his hands. He seemingly swears to, until he goes for his knife, in which his hand is then swiftly severed.
Took a Level in Badass: Dave's much more competent in this film than the last. Marty and Todd also become superheroes.
Katie, unfortunately. Though this does have the benefit of putting her in-line with her comic counterpart's personality. Though her quick disassociation with Dave probably helps spare her from her fate from the comics.
Dave took a level or two himself, but mercifully snaps out of it towards the end.
This Is Reality: It's a recurring theme throughout the movie. Dave's father tells him that "this is the real world" and there are real consequences and responsibilities to being a costumed vigilante. Before the final fight, Mindy tells Dave that "this is not a comic book," which Dave echoes to The Motherfucker when he is dangling over a pit, trying to slip out of Dave's hand and kill himself.
Villain Forgot to Level Grind: In their first fight, Dave and Chris were evenly matched and performed a mutual KO. Dave's damaged nerve endings were the only reason he was able to help Mindy turn the tables on Frank. In their second fight Chris is clearly outmatched, reduced to throwing mooks at Dave and trying to take him by surprise once he realizes this.
Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The effects of the "sick stick", a device that induces severe vomiting and diarrhea, are shown in the most graphic way possible.
Wall Bang Her: Kick-Ass and Night Bitch have sex in a bathroom stall.
Will They or Won't They?: The movie strings this in unexpectedly; from everyone thinking Dave and Mindy had been having a fling, to Mindy showing up in Dave's bedroom and crying on his shoulder, to Mindy reacting to Dave having his shirt off until finally resolving at the end of the film.
Your Cheating Heart: Katie wrongly suspects Dave of this with Mindy (because he has been neglecting her to spend time with Mindy and they have a public scene that looks really like a breakup). She dumps him, then claims to be having an affair with a guy who's better in bed.