Kick-Ass or Copout?

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I was perusing my AOL homepage when I came across an article about a new movie called “Kick-Ass” set for release on April 16, 2010, and the film’s child star,  Chloe Moretz’s controversial character, “Hit-Girl.  From what I’ve read, the “R” rated film is a foul-mouthed, violent satire based on a comic book of the same name.  The film itself holds little interest for me. What really caught my attention is the remarks made by Chloe Mortetz, her mother, Teri, and the screenwriter, Jane Goldman in response to concern over the mature content of the film and Hit- Girls’s (Chloe’s character) steady stream of obscenities (words no little girl should ever utter) and violent acts. The red band trailer gives a sample of what those preciously; innocent 13 –year old lips will be spewing on the big screen.  View with caution, definitely not appropriate for the under 17 set, in my motherly opinion that is,   Now that you have a good sense of what I’m referring to, let’s talk about the comments of the three fore mentioned women. Well, two adult women and one brand new teenager that may with their help, be growing up sooner then chronologically expected.  When ask if this is a movie she would be allowed to see if she were not in it, Chloe replied, “no, I’m only allowed to see pg-13 and that’s because I just turned 13.” A few paragraph’s later, her mother states “It definitely pushes boundaries, but Chloë knows the things that Hit Girl says and does are fictional.”  Really, then why don’t you allow her to see “R” movies in her leisure time if she has the maturity to separate the influences of fictional screen characters from her real life?  Jane Goldman, the co-screenwriter of the film, goes on to say “Chloe is very aware/able to differentiate between the character of Hit- Girl and how she’d behave in real life.” Ms. Goldman is baffles by the attention the obscenities have garnered and simply doesn’t get it. Are these two women for real?  Sounds like a feeble attempt to placate their decision to allow a child to speak and behave on screen in a manner they both know is not age appropriate. Even if Chloe understand the difference, which I’m sure she does, it still exposes that developing adolescent brain to the unsavory, and as far as I can see, for no better purpose then to further her acting career.  If it was a school play, and not a multi-million dollar movie, would Teri Moretz have been so agreeable to her daughter playing the role of Hit-Girl? I’m going out on a limb here, and say no.  Anytime a child successfully enters the arena of the adult acting world there has to be questions to how much money and fame motivate decisions, whether those decisions are made consciously or not.  I’m sure Teri Moretz just wants the best for her daughter, but if she is willing to look the other way for the role of Hit-Girl, what other compromises may she be willing to make? As for Jane Goldman, she’s a screenwriter that wants to sell a movie.  It may be a Kick-Ass film, but it’s a copout in casting. Would you allow your child to play a character in a film that you would not ordinarily allow them to view in everyday life?   © 2010 Kiki Dahlke    

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