Parents' Guide to

The Mask of Zorro

By Walter Metz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Violent '90s action-adventure epic has some gore.

Movie PG-13 1998 137 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Swashbuckling film with corny jokes...this is an endorsement!

I saw the sequel first which I did not think was very good and did not have many high aspirations for this film, but I was mistaken. I can say with a straight face that this film is a swashbuckling good time. The story is intriguing and you grow to care about the characters. There is some male gaze parts but as a whole keeps that at a minimum. The film has poor Latinx representation. It did not take me out of the film, but that is not to say I did not notice it. The stunts and the fight scenes are a lot of fun and are easy to follow without a lot of CGI which makes for a more enjoyable and even-paced film. It's a family film with corny jokes and a happy ending.
age 16+

Z? More like A+!

This review is for adults with older parents, who are particular about what they watch. Truly incredible. A modern swashbuckling masterpiece. Recommended for older parents! Although there's some sexuality, violence, racism, and unkempt beards - it's a great time at the movies. If the sweeping score, fantastic stuntwork, star performances, and classic story don't get you going then just go to bed so you can get an early start on yardwork. As far as the sexuality goes - it's electric seeing these people being attractive! It's fun seeing all the kissing! If my 60+Y.O. parents can handle it, anyone can. Think about it - does PBS show anything less shocking? You trust that channel with your kids' education (maybe? is The Magic School Bus still on? (Great show.)). Anyhow - I love this movie and I think showing it to a young teen would jazz 'em up pretty good. The villain is the wealthy! Something we all need to remember in the coming days. Thanks for reading!

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The Mask of Zorro rises above the banal Hollywood action film due to the fine performances of Anthony Hopkins and Antonio Banderas as the old and young Zorros. The overall plot is quite engaging and offers the traditional fun of watching heroes vanquish evil villains. However, if viewing a high-quality film with your child is what you are after, it's best to look elsewhere. The violence and gore may be too much for sensitive kids, as well.

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