Kick Ass

  • Directors: Matthew Vaughn
  • Producers: Matthew Vaughn, Kris Thykier, Tarquin Pack, Brad Pitt, Executive producers, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr
  • Writers: Screenplay, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Comic Book, Mark Millar
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca

The plot of Kick-Ass concerns a lonely teenage boy, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson), who decides to become a real-life superhero after being inspired by the heroes of comic-books. He soon encounters a mysterious vigilante called Big-Daddy (Nicolas Cage), and his daughter Hit Girl (Chloë Moretz), who are working to bring down the drug baron, Frank D’Amico.

How to Train Your Dragon

  • Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Producers: Bonnie Arnold, Michael Connolly, Tim Johnson
  • Writers: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Story, Cressida Cowell
  • Genres: Animation
  • Actors: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Craig Ferguson

The film is set in a mythical world of vikings and dragons. The story centers around a viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor is disliked by his tribe and its chief, Hiccup’s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. After he entangles a dragon with a bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup releases and ends up befriending the dragon. This relationship flips his world upside down as he strives to convince his tribe that they do not need to be dragon-slayers. In the novel, the dragon which is named Toothless is incredibly small for a dragon. In the film, Toothless is a Night Fury, the rarest of all dragons, and is large enough to serve as a flying mount for Hiccup and Astrid.

In initial development, the plot followed the original novel closely but was then altered. About halfway through production, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois took over as co-directors. The original plot was “heavily loyal to the book” but was regarded as geared to a too-young demographic and too “sweet” and “whimsical”, according to Baruchel.[2]

Role Models

  • Directors: David Wain
  • Producers: Luke Greenfield, Mary Parent
  • Writers: David Wain, Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz Plasse, Bobb e J Thompson, Jane Lynch

Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott) are two salesmen in the greater Los Angeles area for an energy drink, Minotaur. They promote it as a way to keep kids off drugs. Wheeler loves the job. Danny on the other hand, hates the job and possesses a constant negative attitude toward life, which results in the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend, attorney Beth (Elizabeth Banks). One day after making one of their presentations at a high school, the duo find that their company truck is being towed for parking in a “No Parking” zone. They protest by trying to drive it away from the tow-truck, but they end up driving it up a statue in front of the school.

They are arrested and the judge sentences the two to a 30 day jail sentence. Beth, however, manages to strike a deal with the judge in which they have to log 150 hours of community service over the next thirty days at the judge’s favorite charity, a big-brother style program called Sturdy Wings, led by Gayle Sweeny (Jane Lynch). Gayle, who takes an instant dislike to Danny and Wheeler, is aware that their presence at Sturdy Wings is court-ordered and warns them that if they fail to carry out their tasks to her satisfaction, she will have them sent to prison. Wheeler is paired up with Ronnie Shields (Bobb’e J. Thompson), a foulmouthed, streetwise miscreant obsessed with breasts who has driven away all the other “Bigs” he has been paired with, while Danny is paired up with Augie Farks (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a nerdy teenager obsessed with live action role-playing games.

In the after-battle party, Augie finally hits it off with Esplen, who asks him to become her King, which he accepts, and the two kiss. Gayle, impressed with the pair’s efforts, tells them that due to a long standing relationship with the judge, she will be able to get their names cleared. The movie ends with Danny serenading Beth in front of everyone with an off-key and improvised version of the KISS song “Beth” (a reference to him saying “getting up in front of a large group of people and singing isn’t my idea of fun” at the beginning of the movie) and the two reconcile.