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The Mask

Movie review by
Marjorie Kase, Common Sense Media
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A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.
  • PG-13
  • 1994
  • 97 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 55 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of cartoonish violence.


Cameron Diaz 's cleavage is its own character. Sex jokes.


Some profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film contains a great deal of cartoon violence. There are shootouts, some bloodshed, and a death off screen. Property is destroyed without consequence. A man is shown with a car muffler protruding from his behind. A condom is exposed briefly in a balloon gag. Several shots focus on a woman's cleavage and jokes intimating sex are numerous.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 4 and 5 year old Written bylkrs42 March 13, 2011
Three uses of the word "a**", three uses of the phrase "son of a b****", and one "bast***". Other than that, pretty tame and my 4... Continue reading
Parent of a 2, 8, and 11 year old Written byDa Nerd May 19, 2010


Wow, wow, wow.... I`m affected. That movie was..... Wow.... The green guy was making cute little baloons for little kids then he made a gun and started shoo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2011


I am 11 years of age I started watching this movie since I was 4 years old and just plain loved it and I still do when I was 8 I'd always watch it everyday... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJustino4 October 10, 2011


The violence was off, the sexual stuff was off, if I were the MPAA person to rate this, I would really be stumped.

What's the story?

In THE MASK, Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a bashful bank teller who aside from his dog Milo, lives a very solitary existence. After a particularly humiliating day, Stanley stumbles upon a magical mask that allows him to play out his wildest fantasies. While wearing the mask, Stanley is transformed into a green faced, zoot-suit wearing hepcat that personifies everything he is not -- a confident lady-killer who doesn't take nothing from nobody. His exploits lead him into trouble though, after he pulls a bank job and steals a mob boss' girlfriend (Cameron Diaz). By movie's end, Stanley has gained enough confidence to be himself without the mask, learning a valuable lesson in the process.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of making judgments about people based on their looks, wealth, and personality. Parents can use this film to discuss setting personal goals toward self-improvement.

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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