The Mask

 
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A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.
  • Review Date: June 13, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Lots of cartoonish violence.

Sex

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

Language

Some profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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. Still, the film is entertaining and relatively harmless.

Families can talk 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

Theatrical release date:June 14, 1994
DVD release date:May 14, 2000
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Jim Carrey, Peter Riegert
Director:Chuck Russell
Studio:New Line
Genre:Comedy
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some stylized violence

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Parent of a 2, 8, and 11 year old Written byDa Nerd May 19, 2010
 

WOW WOWOW

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 shooting people!! This movie is VIOLENT,SEXUAL AND HAS LOTS OF LANGUAGE!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 and 5 year olds really liked it.
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Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old October 6, 2011
 

I AM ITS BIGGEST FAN & YES ITS FOR KIDS

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 when I got home from school I'm disappointed in the haters out there. This is Jim Carrey the best actor ever, he is my favorite and I just absoloutley love it to death.
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