KICK-ASS | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 117m 41s

Ratings Info Contains strong language, once very strong, & strong bloody comic violence

Genre(s) Action, Comedy, Drama

Director(s) Matthew Vaughn

Cast includes Aaron Johnson, Garrett M. Brown, Evan Peters, Christopher Mintz-Plaase, Nicolas Cage, Tamer Hassan, Dexter Fletcher, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 08/06/2010

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

KICK-ASS is an action comedy 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'.


Frequent use of strong language ('f**k') occurs alongside a single aggressive use of very strong language ('c**t') used by a young girl towards the members of a gang.


Frequent scenes of strong bloody violence include stabbings, shootings, throat cutting, severing of limbs, and scenes of martial arts combat. Sequences are often punctuated by humour and are heavily stylised, although some sequences - including a scene of torture - maintain an element of brutality. There is also some glamorisation of weaponry, including a young girl's fascination with a butterfly knife.

Occasional strong sex references include implied scenes of masturbation, and scenes of drug use feature a man smoking a 'bong' and a character snorting a line of cocaine.


Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
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117m 41s
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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