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YMMV / Kick-Ass 2

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Was Chris' mother really oblivious to how her husband died in the last movie, or did she know all along and was trying to avoid seeing Chris fall down a dark path?
    • In addition, was Chris' failed attempt at raping Night Bitch really because he wasn't in the mood? Or was it perhaps because the thought of raping someone deep down disgusted him?
    • Did Katie really cheat on Dave, or was she just lying to get to him after suspecting him of infidelity? Also, if she was lying, she just do it because she wanted out of the relationship due to the tedium of him not being Kick-Ass anymore and maybe learning he was gonna be Kick-Ass again after all that was the last straw?
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  • Contested Sequel: Heavily. To the nth degree. The particular fans who love the original revile this movie for the fact that the tone submits more to that of a traditional and conventional superhero movie with the more satirical and daring elements of the first film totally not being there. They also are not fond of Katie written out early on due to Lyndsy Fonseca being unable to commit to a bigger role, that Hit-Girl/Mindy is mostly staying out of the action for a large chunk of the middle of the film and all this drags down the movie so much that not even the ultra-violent action can help pull it back up that much if at all.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film was poorly received by critics with a 41 on Metacritic and 28% on Rotten Tomatoes. The User Score on both sites though? 78 and 69% respectively.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The attempted rape scene. The Tumor holds down Night Bitch and Mother Fucker prepares to rape her...only to be embarrassed when he gets erectile dysfunction and starts playing himself to try and get "ready," all the while Night Bitch and even The Tumor are laughing at him.
    • The Motherfucker's choice for some of the names of his team of villains. Genghis Carnage and Black Death, anyone?
      Javier: Chris, Jesus, maybe you could pick something less horrifically racist?
    • The S-I-C Stick. Especially when Mindy lampshades to Marcus that she has done a lot worse as Hit-Girl; they suffered a tummyache by comparison to the people she's executed, fricasseed, or maimed, so "boo fucking hoo!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • The Motherfucker's new costume is pieced together from bondage equipment, and thus is black leather covered in zippers and chains. He's even treated as this In-Universe.
    • Todd's Ass-Kicker costume is identical in design to Dave's, though its color scheme is reversed and it's made of spandex instead of being a scuba-diving suit. Because the character wears no clothes under it, he has "frog-eye".note 
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Dave's "there is no sequel" line makes a harsh possibility given that a third Kick-Ass film might not be in the cards.
    • The reveal that Colonel Stars-and-Stripes carries a gun, but one that's isn't loaded, citing gun safety ("Don't tell the bad guys") becomes this when in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, Jim Carrey disowned his role and refused to promote the film due to the level of violence in it.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Chris crosses the line when he has Dave's father murdered. Arguably even earlier, when he orders Mother Russia to decapitate Colonel Stars-and-Stripes.
    • Even though he isn't successful, the fact that he attempts to rape Night Bitch also counts.
    • Ralph D'Amico crosses it when he murders Javier, who was Chris's Morality Pet and Parental Substitute, causing him to Jump Off The Slippery Slope
  • Nausea Fuel: Mindy has a "sick stick" that her father had that makes people vomit and have explosive diarrhea. She uses it on Brooke and her friends. We see the results.
  • No Yay: Dave and Mindy kissing, to fans of the comic book where Mindy is still 12 years old while in the film she's 15. Invoked in-universe, when Katie and her friend think Mindy is breaking up with Dave, they both call him a pedophile.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Iain Glen as Uncle Ralph.
  • Presumed Flop: Because the movie opened in 5th place in its opening weekend box office and was savaged by critics, this movie was a flop domestically. However, thanks to the international release, it actually made $60 million on a $28 million budget, so it managed to turn a profit.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • So that's what Wong did before Kamar-Taj: human trafficking!
    • A pre-Get Out! Daniel Kaluuya plays Black Death, one of The Motherfucker's minions.
  • Sequelitis: Not as well received as the original, but audiences have reacted better than critics.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The blood streams (and damn if there's a lot of blood leaked in this film) look very fake. It's very distracting during the fight scenes.
    • The scene where Mindy uses the sick stick on the queen bee shows other examples of this trope.
    • And the fight around the van, where a body gets tossed under the wheels of the car behind.
    • The film's use of greenscreen in general can be fairly distracting, especially during the afforementioned van fight.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
  • Too Bleak, Stopped Caring: It's both Darker and Edgier and Bloodier and Gorier than the first film, and inflicts more suffering into the protagonists. Thus reviewers and many filmgoers complained, with the word "unpleasant" being raised often.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Colonel Stars-and-Stripes, an all-American-themed superhero getting killed by Mother Russia, an all-Soviet-Era Russian-themed supervillain.
  • The Woobie: Chrisí mom counts as this. After her husband dies, she has to raise a vengeful Chris all by herself. She tries to make him be normal and tries to get him to stop obsessing over Kick-Ass but all of this causes Chris to hate her. Her death is also cruel.