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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

girl-powered misogyny is not cute (Kick-Ass 2 redband and greenband trailers)


Misogyny is no more palatable when it’s coming out of the mouth of a teenaged girl… and it’s certainly not feminist. “Act like a bitch, get slapped like a bitch”? Because that’s what bitches do: they get slapped. “Oh, take your tampon out, Dave”? Because girls can’t fight… so I guess Hit Girl is a rare exception. She probably doesn’t even count as a “real” girl, right?

Note that this is the greenband trailer: the MPAA considers all of that — plus two crotch injuries, one over which a “hero” expresses glee — appropriate for anyone to see.

Here’s the redband trailer:

What’s different here that might be objectionable? One utterance of “motherfucker” and one of “cocksuckers.” Bad words are bad for kids. Bad attitudes are no problem.


US/Canada release date: Jul 19 2013 | UK release date: Aug 16 2013
official site | IMDb
  • Tonio Kruger

    Okay. Is Jim Carrey still appearing in movies? Apparently so, judging from the trailer.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Heh. They have an alternative version of this trailer which would make the casual viewer think this movie is all about the “Hit Girl” character. Yet the intro to the graphic novel version doesn’t even pretend to disguise which gender and age-group it’s aimed at–and it’s not teenage girls.

    SPOILER

    Plus in the graphic novel, there is room for a sequel. But I suspect most of you all saw that part coming.

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