The Mask You Live In

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Moving documentary examines what it means to be a man.

NR 2015 97 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 15+

Understand boys and men' emotions

Great documentary video shows how boys and teens deal with their emotions. What should be our social values? How teens see themselves? What can educators do? Good for teens to watch. The later part may be too deep for younger teens.
age 14+

Powerful and Important

These are powerful and frank discussions about what our society expects of boys and men, and how we can give them a healthier self image and encourage better relationships (between friends, fathers and sons, and men and women). There are so many emotionally damaged boys and men with few healthy outlets for their thoughts and feelings (often, because their fathers are damaged too) and it just creates this cycle of abuse and self hate. Often, the pain does not show on the surface, but comes out in unhealthy ways. I was saddened to read one reviewer disparage the film--it makes me think that they did not even watch it or their own mask is too firmly in place for them to even recognize the film's value. I think this film really can help young people and parents to rethink what we are teaching our boys about manhood, and maybe to look at "problem boys" in a different way. There are ways to break the cycle to live a more full, well-rounded life. The film touches on binge drinking, violence and porn but that brief part, though disturbing, is still an important part of the discussion. Parents should review and then watch again and discuss with their teen...

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