Friday, April 16, 2010
ex·ploi·tain·ment ('ek-ˌsplȯitˈtān-mənt) n. an act or instance of using something unfairly or improperly for one's amusement or diversion
Or, if you hadn't guessed, the careful balance between entertainment and exploitation.
This is a tricky proposition: too great a push in either direction nullifies the term, risking generic distraction one way and tasteless exhibitionism the other.
Kick-Ass places front and center an 11-year-old murdering machine who plows through the bad guys with a deliriously bloody resolve, cursing like a delinquent sailor and brimming with self-assuredness along the way.
Her name is "Hit-Girl," and she signifies the apex of exploitainment in the film.
But does Kick-Ass cross the line? Is Hit-Girl a crude and ludicrous flight of fancy, or an offensive, irresponsible perversion?
Does Hit-Girl venture beyond mere exploitainment?
My thoughts, and my review of Kick-Ass, at THE DAGGER!