Hit Girl’s Body Count in Kick Ass

Hit Girl is a character that I have never seen on screen before. She is an 11 year old girl assassin. This girl played amazingly by Chloe Grace Moretz is a walking destruction machine. She shoots, she stabs, she bayonets. She does things on screen that literally left my mouth agape. FYI- no studio would touch this movie. They loved it but said you gotta take out Hit Girl. No one would finance a film with an 11 year old girl killer. Those movies are just not made in Hollywood.”  -Melissa SilverStein, The Politics of Hit Girl at WomenAndHollywood.com

 

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“One of the main characters, Hit Girl, is a stone cold killer who calls victims cunts and motherfuckers, traits that would be soporifically old hat if not for their belonging, in this case, to an 11-year-old girl. (Also, a lot of people – though Ebert’s not one of them – seem a hell of a lot more upset by her language than by watching her eviscerate other human beings or be brutalized herself, which got my “Wow, this culture is fucked up” antennae wiggling.)” – Kate Harding, In Defense of Hit Girl, Jezebel.com

 

“”We just really wanted Hit-Girl to be a character who, in a sense, simply happens to be an eleven-year-old girl…[Mindy] “is genuinely dangerous, she’s genuinely mad. It’s not her fault: she’s been raised in this environment where she doesn’t know anything different.” – Jane Goldman, Kick-Ass, Writer

That lack of sexualization might be the number one thing I enjoyed about watching the character of Hit Girl, and the sad truth is, I can’t imagine seeing a female assassin on film who’s not sexualized without her being pre-pubescent. (Or extremely aged, I suppose.) Even the thought of a sequel bums me out because already, Moretz is old enough that a lot of your garden variety squicky old motherfuckers – as opposed to actual pedophiles (and one teenaged boy in the movie) – would find her sexy while doing all of the same stuff, even if they had the decency to be ashamed of themselves for it. Once boobs are involved, it’s pretty much game over: You put even a nascent adult female body into this context, and suddenly, the Chicks Kicking Ass Are Hot switch is flipped, and it’s a whole different story. And for my money, the fact that this movie has a female character kicking ass without it being the slightest bit hot is a big part of what makes a lot of people so profoundly uncomfortable. It’s not that she’s too young to be so violent, it’s that she’s too young to have the sex appeal that’s supposed to make the violence not only palatable but titillating. So all you’re left to enjoy is a bunch of dead bodies and gore and danger, with a real, simultaneously vulnerable and vicious human character in the middle of it, and you’re like, “Wait, why am I supposed to find this entertaining again? Why do I dig it when it’s Angelina Jolie or Uma Thurman but recoil when it’s a kid young enough to be trendily named Chloe Grace?” – Kate Harding, In Defense of Hit Girl, Jezebel.com

 

 

For those counting, Hit Girl kills 42 people in Kick-Ass.

 

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3 thoughts on “Hit Girl’s Body Count in Kick Ass

  1. This isn’t a step forward. It isn’t a step back. I think we’ve been tossing this coin for long enough to snap out of it and realize that not all representation of women exists as a profession of which side of the feminist agenda the film-makers land on…and is rather just entertainment. This kind of nit picking can reach levels of absurdity so quickly it can actually be offensive. Irony!

    Hit-girl is awesome and the shock value adds to how awesome she is, but she’s not sending a message to women. I really hope women aren’t taking notes when they watch this girl snatch the life from 42 people…bad people, sure…but killing is killing and this is a movie. In real life she’d be an abused child who was forced by her deranged father to commit murder, and raised to be dangerous. Of course she’d also have been dead before the movie even started, but that’s beside the point. If a psychopathic 11 year old girl is empowering, the feminist movement is in more trouble than I thought.

    This is a fun and stupid movie with over the top violence and a plot that has no bearing in reality. It doesn’t take itself seriously and you probably shouldn’t either.

  2. Who are we kidding, Chloe Moretz was damn hot as Mindy / Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass.

    The whole debate about her being “sexualized” in her schoolgirl outfit was started by the simple fact that a lot of men actually found her sexy.

    Sure she was 12, but she had heaps of sex appeal already back then!

    And just look at all the picures and videos of her that came out directly after that movie….. 90% of them played on how sexy she was. And just look at her now….

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