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ef="">Kick-Ass" never quite reaches the levels of, well, kicking said ass.

Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) is a high school student with the power of invisibility, but only in the figurative sense. Gawky, with glasses and an unruly mop of hair, he does not exist when it comes to girls, and can count his friends on his thumbs.

One day, while hanging out with them at the comics store and tired of being pushed around, he wonders aloud why no one has ever tried to be a superhero in real life. Putting his money where his mouth is, he plunks down $99 online for a god-awful green wetsuit, which he dons to become Kick-Ass.

As another character later notes, his name should have been Ass Kick, because his first foray into ridding the city streets of vermin ends with him in the hospital, getting his bones reset.

But Dave keeps fighting the good fight, and one night, stumbles into a gang skirmish from which he emerges victorious. (Although the movie doesn't explain how, it's made clear in the graphic novel on which it's based that three metal plates in his head and a resulting 85 percent numbness serve him well in the brawling department.) Amateur cell-phone video footage of the melee turns Kick-Ass into one singular sensation.

Turns out, he's not the only hero in town. There's the much more effective Hit-Girl (Chlo


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