When I started to hear good things from friends about Kick-Ass, I was admittedly doubtful. “But it looks like a kid movie, and a bad one at that,” I said, but they assured me that it was not. “It’s got a dark side,” they told me. And it certainly does. Kick-Ass is a great example of false advertising when it comes to trailers. Marketed as a childish flick, it is anything but. It is violent and a little bit twisted, an unexpected fusion of a sort of down-to-earth, grounded in reality comedy/coming of age tale and the cheesiness, energy and bravado of an action/comic-come-to-life movie. Moments feel like a teenage drama or a scene from Superbad, and others feel like Sin City. The violence is so extreme in some cases that you have to do a double-take: did that really happen? And yes it did. Overall, I highly recommend this unique and unexpected movie.