Parents' Guide to

The Mask

By Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.

Movie PG-13 1994 97 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 7+

Why is this PG-13?

This should be PG not PG-13 there is barely any blood sure there is language but it’s not even that bad there is a few sexual themes but very mild this is ok for 7 year olds very mild occasional violence

age 10+

Great fun

There are some sexual references but not too many for this kind of comedy. Kids will have so much fun watching Jim Carey as long as they can cope with the mild gangster violence. V little blood and everything is dealt with in a cartoon way. To be clear, there is no sex in the film which is my usual concern with comedy. My 10 year old didn’t need to ask questions and was not at all scared (and he is easily scared by fantasy - although not really bothered by light violence)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (71 ):

This peppy Jim Carrey vehicle is entertaining and relatively harmless. Back in 1994, an unknown ingénue and a seemingly one hit wonder starred in The Mask. The movie went on to become one of the year's biggest blockbusters, securing Jim Carrey's status as a legitimate movie star and launching the career of it-girl Cameron Diaz. Carrey's previous experience in both dramatic and physically comedic roles made him the only choice for this film. The Mask is a perfect vehicle for his abilities to play both a lovable loser and a manic menace. Industrial Light and Magic's special effects are integral to the success of this film. Without them, audiences would have to pay attention to the plot, which is uneven, predictable, and not worth the price of admission alone.

Kids will love this movie. Carrey lives out a child's every fantasy -- destroying things without getting caught, saving the day, and getting the girl. You may rue the day you brought this film into your home when catchphrases like "Smokin!" and "Somebody stop me!" remain in your child's vernacular until his or her next birthday.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 14, 1994
  • On DVD or streaming: May 14, 2000
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz , Jim Carrey , Peter Riegert
  • Director: Chuck Russell
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 97 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some stylized violence
  • Last updated: December 14, 2023

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