You can't help but love that adorable mophead Dave Lizewski a.k.a. Kick-Ass, but once again Hit-Girl steals the show from him in his own movie. In “Kick-Ass 2,” Hit-Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is still smarter, faster and stronger than Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the rest of the homemade superheroes that have followed. This time around though Hit-Girl is carrying out the plan of Big Daddy to protect the city and get rid of the bad guys and Kick-Ass more reluctantly returns mostly due to boredom. Together they train, in some of the best scenes of the movie, until he is strong enough to handle some fight on his own.
Unfortunately, in the meantime high school is happening, which is a boring fluff compared to the fighting action they’re best known for. After a Hit-Girl episode gone bad, she promises her adoptive dad Marcus (Morris Chestnut) that she is done with Hit-Girl for good and will attend school like a normal teen as Mindy Macready.
This return to high school cliques takes the audience through a watered-down version of “Mean Girls” in a weird break from the action. Mindy trying to fit in with the popular crowd is uncomfortable for everyone and hopefully, will better be portrayed in her future stint as Stephen King's Carrie in this fall's remake.
Without Hit-Girl by his side, Kick-Ass decides to join a what can only really be called a reject superhero club - Justice Forever. Its leader: Jim Carrey. Or rather, Jim Carrey as a tweaked out GI-Joe turned aging Vanilla Ice as Colonel Stars and Stripes.
Justice Forever scours the city to do good by volunteering and occasionally fighting crime. Little do they know that The Motherf*#%er formerly known as Red Mist forever known as McLovin’ from “Superbad” (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is plotting his revenge against Kick-Ass for the bazooka incident that killed his father.
After Kick-Ass and the team learn that The Motherf*#%er is forming a villain army of his own, he begs Hit-Girl to reconsider and join them for defeat. What ensues when the two groups meet is a lot of blood, action and violence. Most of it over the top, but nothing new to what “Kick-Ass” fans were subject to in the first one. There are some distasteful scenes, a bit of crude and offensive language and remarks, but overall the gore itself is much to be expected from the film. The real drag seemed to be the real-life high school drama that intertwined with the story.
“Kick-Ass” fans should be happy with the second, although the first was superior. Chloe Grace Moretz is one of the best young actresses to watch right now and if it wasn’t clear enough three years ago when Hit-Girl came on the scene, it should be obvious now that she needs a spin-off of her own.
Final words: You can't have a “kick-ass” time without a Hit-Girl punch.