This spring's trendiest comic book adaptation is every bit as brutal and politically incorrect as you've heard, featuring, among other things, a leather-clad 12-year-old girl who grins impishly while gleefully dismembering drug dealers. Nicolas Cage delivers a slightly off-putting performance as perhaps the world's most deeply disturbed father. But Kick Ass
is also incredibly fun escapist entertainment. The film begins with a portrait of suburban alienation that it as true to life and bleak as anything onscreen right now, and ends with one of the most preposterous, gory and hilarious action sequences of all time, which features, among other things, one of the last surviving baddies attempting to kill the 12-year-old with a bazooka. Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass
) and Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl
) are stars in the making. This film is certainly not for everyone, to be sure, but if you can leave your queasiness in the lobby, you'll be in for a hell of a ride.