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BBFC reference BFF264866
Feature Film
Classified 26 February, 2010 .
Run Time 117m 12s

Consumer Advice:Contains strong language, once very strong, & strong bloody comic violence

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KICK-ASS is a comedy action adventure in which an ordinary teenage boy decides to make a stand against the street crime in his city by becoming a superhero known as 'Kick-Ass'. The film was passed ‘15’ for strong language, one use of very strong language and strong bloody comic violence.

The film contains multiple uses of strong language. These exceed the '12A'/'12' Guidelines where there may be only infrequent strong language but are permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state that 'There may be frequent use of strong language (for example, 'fuck')'. The Guidelines at ‘15’ also state that the ‘strongest terms (for example, ‘cunt’) may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable’. KICK-ASS contains one use of very strong language. The word is spoken by a young girl who, like Kick-Ass, has become a makeshift superhero. Although some people might be offended by a child using this type of language, the predominant effect is comic. The young girl in question possesses incredible strength and agility and manages to dispatch a large group of adult male villains immediately after making the remark to them. The remark is delivered in a throwaway fashion rather than aggressively directed and the unexpectedness and incongruity of the use provides a comic justification for its inclusion.

There are numerous scenes of strong bloody violence throughout the film as the various would-be superheros battle the baddies. Many of these violent scenes show blood spray from gunshot wounds as well as the occasional severing of limbs, cutting of throats or stabbing of hands. While there is copious blood loss these scenes do not breach the BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ by dwelling ‘on the infliction of pain or injury'. This is especially so given that most occur in the context of a cartoonish style of choreographed violence that is rapidly edited and focuses more on the inventive skill and panache of the heroes than the detail of the wounds that are inflicted. Other scenes present violence in a more realistic and less comedic style with vicious beatings meted out to a couple of restrained heroes and one scene in which one of the main bad characters assaults the young girl superhero. However, those doing the beatings have been clearly established as evil characters and the audience is encouraged to feel sympathy for the victims rather than revel in the violence being inflicted. At the same time, the audience knows that the highly skilled good guys are likely to regain the upper hand very swiftly. None of the violence inflicted presents the ‘strongest gory images’ which would be unacceptable under BBFC Guidelines at ‘15’ and the comedic, fantastical tone of the film as a whole means that even the strongest moments of violent action have a lighter counterbalance.

The film also contains some strong sex references, including references to a teen boy liking to ‘jerk off’ and scenes of implied below screen masturbation, as well as verbal references to drugs and sight of a man smoking a bong and another man snorting a line of coke. There are also many scenes in which weapons such as knives and guns are displayed and handled, including by a young girl who is shown to be proficient in their use. These are presented in a comically excessive manner and are designed to play up the rather ridiculous idea of having trained a young girl to be an assassin.

This work was passed with no cuts made.

The main spoken language in this work is English.

Directed by Matthew Vaughn
The cast for this work includes: Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jason Flemyng, Lyndsy Fonseca, Tamer Hassan, Xander Berkeley, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Omari Hardwick, Michael Rispoli, Ashleigh Hubbard, Randall Batinkoff, Adrian Martinez, Katrena Rochell.

When submitted to the BBFC the work had a running time of 117m 12s.
The running time of this film was calculated from the measured length of 10548+12 ( feet + frames ).

This work was submitted to the BBFC by Universal Pictures Int (UK) .

A film or video, together with associated trailers may exist in several versions and all versions known to the BBFC are listed below.

CategoryTypeDateCompanyRun TimeCutTitle
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer04/12/2009Universal Pictures Int (UK)1m 21sKICK-ASS
FilmTrailerFilmTrailer28/01/2010Universal Pictures Int (UK)2m 27sKICK-ASS
FilmFilm26/02/2010Universal Pictures Int (UK)117m 12sKICK-ASS
Online25/03/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd2m 20sKICK-ASS
VideoTrailerVideoTrailer25/03/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd2m 20sKICK-ASS
VideoVideo29/06/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd112m 52sKICK-ASS
Online29/06/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd112m 52sKICK-ASS
Online26/08/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd117m 41sKICK-ASS
VideoVideo26/08/2010Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd117m 41sKICK-ASS
Details are likely to be more complete and accurate for the version submitted most recently.
When a film is transferred to video the running time will be shorter by approximately 4% due to the differing number of frames per second. This does not mean that the video version has been cut or re-edited.
This entry was last updated 08/12/2010
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