A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Before discovering the mask, Stanley is a very kind but passive man who is easily taken advantage of. The mask gives him confidence and power but ultimately teaches him lessons about his own self-worth.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoonish violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Cameron Diaz 's cleavage is its own character. Sex jokes.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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