Parent reviews for Mask

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Complex, moving story of disfigured boy best for teens.
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Parents say

age 13+
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age 14+
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Adult Written byJeff A. March 1, 2019

Great Film I Encourage Everyone to See!

Mask is an 80s classic, it has a great story and a great all star cast with great performances, and excellent dialogue! There is some mild sexual content and many drug references in this film but it's nothing terribly offensive, however this film is very emotionally intense, but there are also a lot of funny scenes that had me laughing out loud. This is a film all teens should see, this film has a great message: don't judge others by the way they look. The main character Rocky Dennis (Eric Stoltz) suffers from a terminal disease that makes his face look extremely disfigured, and his life expectancy is quite short. Regardless of how weird or scary he might look, Rocky is a smart guy with a witty sense of humor and the people who get to know him begin to love him. Rocky lives with his mother Rusty (Cher) who is a single mother and a chronically depressed drug addict who hangs around with a biker gang. Mask is a film about two very imperfect people who would do anything to see each other happy and healthy.

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Adult Written byMusic/Movies June 25, 2012

Sex: 6/10 ~ Violence 2/10 ~ Language 9/10 ~ Drinking ~ 9/10

SEX: *A woman pulles a man into a kiss and they lean back on a tree. *A woman brings a strange man home to her house for a one night stand. She kisses him and then closes the door to imply sex. *A man and a woman kiss romantically inside of a funhouse with their arms around one another. *A woman and a man roll on top of each other in a bed and the scene cuts off implying sex. *A woman runs outside with a man and they kiss each other but are interupted by the ringing of the phone. *A man and a woman kiss each other in the doorway possible implying sex. *A man and a woman romantically kiss at a new year's eve party. *A woman tells a man that she would love to kiss him, but her parents are there. *A woman and a man cuddle on a bench and breifly kiss. *A man gives a woman a necklace and they share a kiss for a short period of time. *A woman tells a man that his jacket is the only thing of his that will ever be on her bed. *A man pushed a woman agenst the car and trys to kiss her, but she refuses. *A woman brings home a prostitute for her son but they end up not having sex. *A woman tells a man that she is about to have sex with to wait for her or get the h*ll out. *A woman tells her father that she had sex with her boss in an office and then quit her job. (NOTE: Cher's character in this film is always bringing home a new man every night and implying sex)
- VIOLENCE: *A woman picks up a box of drugs and throws them at a lamp causing it to break. She then breaks glasses and knocks over her cabinet. *A man punches two guys and throws them off of a platform. *A man threatens teenagers by walking up to them in a mean mannor. *A woman slaps her son and they get into a fight. *Woman talk about slapping people to get them into shape. (NOTE: There is little violence in this film and much of the scarey moments are in verbal fighting scenes)
- LANGUAGE: There are plenty of swear words in this movie. 2 f*cks, at least 12 sh*ts, bullsh*t, ash*le, godd*am, b*tch. And many of these words are used in fights, such as "OH THE F*CK WITH THAT!" - "I FIND THEM ALL OVER THE G*DDAMN HOUSE!" - "BULLSH*T, MOM!" (NOTE: The swearing is one of the biggest issues of the film).
- DRINKING: *A woman has a drug adiction and she is shown oing drugs at least 6 or 7 times. *We see a woman sitting on her boyfriends lap and they are trying different kinds of drugs. *A man and a woman get into many fights about drugs. *A woman gives up drugs for her son but finds it very difficult. *A woman tells her drug dealer she doesn't need him anymore but he tells her he will be waiting for when she wants to try them again. *A woman drives to a bar to buy 40$ worth of drugs. *A woman does drugs whenever she is angry or depressed. *After getting into a fight with her boyfriend, a woman has mo many drugs that she can hardly even speak clearly with her son. *People drink all sort os beers and alchohal in different scenes. *A woman smokes throughtout the entire movie.

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Parent of a 11 and 13-year-old Written byheather.parker June 8, 2012

Great movie for teens and up

I love this movie, but as I recall there are issues of drugs. Good for high school age kids.

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Adult Written bywonder dove May 24, 2012

Truly exceptional!

I've seen this film many times, it is such a beautiful story. Some violence (not much), strong language, sexual situations -mainly just implied sex but very minor (Rocky's mom hires a prostitute to help Rocky deal with girls (he does not go to bed with her - instead becomes friends), also lots of kissing. Drugs, smoking and drinking are shown mainly by the mother but not graphic. Cher (who plays the mother) is outstanding in this... her performance is just amazing. It's basically about a teen who's face is severely disfigured - after countless times to the doctor, Rocky learns that his condition cannot be helped, even through surgery. He lives his life the best way he can with lots of ups and downs. Living with only his mother, she deals with her stress through drugs and getting what she can from men. Rocky is not a loser, he is not a loner nor is he a freak. Rocky is smart, cool and shares the same interests as any teen boy. The film is powerful because it shows how important it is to love and accept ourselves no matter what. Rocky changes lives and later becomes accepted by his new classmates (and also scores his first girlfriend at a blind camp!) but is still looked at as wearing a mask every where he goes. I think his character is very brave, confident and optimistic. I would definitely be Rocky's friend, he is funny, kind and considerate. A very heartbreaking ending! Have some kleenex handy. This is truly a gem and cannot be missed, worth every minute!

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Adult Written bymrnocal April 3, 2010

Don't judge books by their covers

While there are some instances of drinking, smoking and drug use, it's not shown in a positive way. It's shown in a realistic way.
This is such a moving story, and shows great examples of not judging by appearance. Rocky is shown as strong and stable. His mother is also strong, but not quite as stable...however, she is filled with love and determination against strong obstacles. The bikers are shown as loving and strongly bonded...not as violent or anti-society as typically portrayed in movies. They are real, caring people who just happen to ride motorcycles.
The strength of Rocky serves as inspiration. Although physically deformed, he always holds his head high and excels at academics and sensibility. He inspires his fellow teenagers and shows them that even when ridiculed because of his physical appearance, he can joke about it and rise above it.
The movie has some very intensely emotional scenes. I admit that I cry every time I watch it. But that's why it's such a great movie.
The performances are top notch. The story is moving and quite strong. A great example to teach kids and adults to not judge based on appearance.

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