Kick-Ass (film)

Kick-Ass is a 2010 black comedy superhero film directed by Matthew Vaughn from a screenplay by Jane Goldman and Vaughn. It is based on the comic book of the same name[lower-alpha 1] by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.[7]

The foreground features the titular superhero, Kick-Ass, along side three other superheroes, against a black background with the film's title .
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMatthew Vaughn
Screenplay by
Based on
Produced by
CinematographyBen Davis
Edited by
Music by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 12 March 2010 (2010-03-12) (SXSW)
  • 26 March 2010 (2010-03-26) (United Kingdom)
  • 16 April 2010 (2010-04-16) (United States)
Running time
118 minutes[3]
CountriesUnited Kingdom
United States[4]
Budget$28–30 million[5][6]
Box office$96.2 million[6]

It tells the story of an ordinary teenager, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who sets out to become a real-life superhero, calling himself "Kick-Ass". Dave gets caught up in a bigger fight when he meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage), a former cop who, in his quest to bring down the crime boss Frank D'Amico (Mark Strong) and his son Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), has trained his eleven-year-old daughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) to be the ruthless vigilante Hit-Girl.

The film was released in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2010, by Universal Pictures, and in the United States on 16 April, by Lionsgate. Despite having generated some controversy for its profanity and violence performed by a child, Kick-Ass was well received by both critics and audiences. In 2011 it won the Empire Award for Best British Film. The film has gained a strong cult following since its release on DVD and Blu-ray.

A sequel, written and directed by Jeff Wadlow and produced by Vaughn, was released in August 2013, with Johnson, Mintz-Plasse, and Moretz reprising their roles. In 2018, Vaughn announced his intentions to reboot the series.

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