UNITED STATES - Violence is not cool. There's basically no justification for physically harming another person, except in the most extreme circumstances.
That said, it sure would be fun to beat the hell out of certain disagreeable persons, which is where movies like Kick-Ass 2 come in.
The sequel to the 2010 hit Kick-Ass, opening here on Thursday, allows us to stick a vicarious boot up a proverbial butt. It's a catharsis.
We experience mayhem by proxy and leave the theatre feeling cleansed, our thirst for wanton destruction safely purged.
Of course, not everyone sees things this way.
One of the stars of Kick-Ass 2, Hollywood actor Jim Carrey, caused a kerfuffle back in June by stating that he could no longer support the movie in light of the appalling events at Sandy Hook.
In December 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, US.
Tweeted Carrey, 51: "I did Kick-Ass a month before Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.