Five asses out of five!

kickassKick-Ass is an absolute winner that hits on every joke and every action sequence, with spot-on and completely appropriate nods to the 1960’s Batman TV show, Big Bang Theory, and not at all a small nod to Quentin Tarantino. Every performance, from the bit parts to the leads, from the heroes to the heavies, scores in completely realistic fashion. And there’s a sweetness hidden at the center of all the comic-book and nerdy high school action.

Heads up: Despite the comic-book nature of the plot, it is very violent. The violence is not sanitized cartoon-fashion, and has very real, and real-life, consequences.

KickAssHit_Gir 2nd heads up: While there are terrific performances from everyone, the movie is unquestionably and irrevocably stolen by an 11-year-old girl. Chloe Grace Moretz gives an iconic performance that will register for a decade.

Hell yeah, count me in for the sequel.

(Bonus heads up: The trailer for The A-Team scored with the audience. I have to confess — I was not a fan of the TV show, but I’ll be in line for this one.)