Mark Miller produced Kickass after producing "Wanted" but decided to take a more "hands on" approach this time as he was simply asked questions and answered them about how he wanted "wanted" to be made. He chose the cast, the script was then drafted, he also chose the costumes as well as the sets and where the film took place, for how long and how many hours a day. It took 14 weeks, doing 14 hour days to film.
Kick Ass is a superhero/action-comedy film based on the comics of Marvel Comic's chief writer Mark Millar.
The film had a few problems in the production of making the film. They found the script was a particular problem. Millar, used to autonomy, was shocked at the accommodations he had to make. He also faced with the problem of not being able to afford even a 'C grade' Marvel character. The film took the unusual step of writing the comic book at the same time the film was produced. They said this didn’t help when it came to financing the film.
They also had problems with controversy surrounding the film. One of the main problems in the film was swearing. Even after having the distributors’ (Sony) ask to attempt to "tone down" the language. they ignored them and carried on regardless. Another problem with the film was the difference of opinions on the ending of the movie, in the comic the "hero" never got the girl and was out rightly rejected, whereas the film has the happy ending of them getting it together.
In January 2010, an uncensored preview clip of the film was attacked by family advocacy groups for its display of violence and use of the line "Okay you cunts, let's see what you can do now," delivered by Chloë Moretz, who was only 11 at the time of filming. Australian Family Association spokesman John Morrissey claimed that "the language was offensive and the values were inappropriate – without the saving grace of the bloodless victory of traditional superheroes".
Several critics like Roger Ebert and the Daily Mail's Christopher Tookey accused the film of glorifying violence, particularly violence by young children, while Tookey also claimed Hit Girl was "made to look as seductive as possible".
The film received an R rating from the MPAA for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use. It received a 15 rating from the BBFC. This would have affected the performance by receiving a lower audience as it is not suitable for any children under the age of 15. However, this didn’t affect its performance in France as it received a PG rating in France, in which Director Matthew Vaughn was surprised as he felt the 15 certificate was about right.
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The film received an R rating from the MPAA for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use. It received a 15 rating from the BBFC. This would have affected the performance by receiving a lower audience as it is not suitable for any children under the age of 15. However, this didn’t affect its performance in France as it received a PG rating, in which Director Matthew Vaughn was surprised as he felt the 15 certificate was about right.
The film's soundtrack album was released in the United Kingdom on 29 March 2010, and in the United States on 30 March 2010. The title song is by pop singer-songwriter Mika, co-written by Jodi Marr and produced by RedOne.
1. “Stand up” – The prodigy
2. “Kick Ass (Radio Edit)” – Mika vs. RedOne
3. “Can’t Go Back” – Primal Scream
4. “There’s a Pot a Brewin” – The Little Ones
5. “Omen” – The Prodigy
6. “Make Me Wanna Die” – The Pretty Reckless
7. “Banana Splits (Kick-Ass Film Version)” – The Dickies
8. “Starry Eyed” – Ellie Goulding
9. “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” – Sparks
10. “We’re All In Love” – The New York Dolls
11. “Bongo Song” – Zongamin
12. “Per Qualche Dollaro in Piu (For a Few Dollars More)” – Ennion Morricone
13. “Bad Reputation” – The Hit Girls
14. “An American Trilogy” – Elvis Presley