Can superheroes be made, not born? It's a question 'Kick-Ass' tackles head-on.

Adapted from the comic books by Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr., 'Kick-Ass' turns preconceived notions of herodom on its head, as it follows your normal, everyday comic-book loving geek, Dave (Aaron Johnson,) as he dons a tight-fitting wetsuit and mask and acts the part of his revered superhero.

Dave soon discovers that being a vigilante isn't as easy as it seems. But thanks to the power of viral video, the do-it-yourself upstart -- and his alter-ego, Kick-Ass -- quickly become a worldwide phenomenon.

This newfound notoriety also gets him in touch with fellow characters Red Mist ('Superbad's Christopher Mintz-Plasse), as well as Big Daddy and Hit Girl (Nicolas Cage and Chloë Grace Moretz), a father-daughter duo who aim to take down the crime circuit of a local mobster.

An unabashedly R-rated film directed by Matthew Vaughn ('Layer Cake'), 'Kick-Ass' exhibits strong language and violence that should serve to give parents pause before allowing their kids on this big-screen comic book adventure. Scene-stealer Moretz in particular beats up bad guys with a bloodlust beyond her years and unleashes heaping amounts of profanity (including one Crass Word That Shall Not Be Named) that could make sailors blush.

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