Kick-Ass 2

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This gory, vulgar action-and-comedy sequel aims for laughs as it reunites two youthful would-be superheroes (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz) and pits them against the exultantly evil son (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) of the last outing's primary villain. Despite dialogue ostensibly exploring the nature of heroism and the morality of do-it-yourself law enforcement, writer-director Jeff Wadlow's follow-up - adapted, like its predecessor, from Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr.'s series of comic books - is really about cashing in on the same combination of over-the-top battling and below-the-belt humor that served as the nasty formula behind the 2010 original.

Watch out for: Excessive bloody violence, nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, upper female nudity, much off-color humor, a frivolous view of homosexuality, several uses of profanity, and relentless rough and crude language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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