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The Mask

action & adventure, comedy, sci-fi & fantasy

He's s-s-s-smokin'! Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz star in this story of a sweet, socially inept bank teller who discovers a magical mask that brings his innermost desires to screaming life, and transforms him into a superhero.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

A bit crude, but fun and relatively harmless.

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.

what 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 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 19
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Top Critic Reviews


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The design is bright as a button and the transformation scenes real eye-poppers, but the film's best special effect is putty-faced Carrey with his razzle-dazzle star turn as the affable Stanley and his manic alter ego.

- Derek Adams, Time Out, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Fresh: This special effects extravaganza is s good star vehicle for Jim Carrey, exhibiting his skills and his shticks; in a small part, the sexy Cameron Diaz is bound to become a leading lady.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

The Mask is the funniest film I have ever seen in my life. It's the film that started my love for the talented Jim Carrey. His enthusiasm and rubber faced antics really bring the comic book hero to life and the acting from Cameron Diaz as Stanley Ipkiss' love interest cannot be wthout praise. It's the rare slapstick comedy film that can be enjoyed by anyone. Jim makes the most of the materials he is given, you'll love his lively stunts and the references to classic Warner Bros. cartoons from the golden age of animation. A jazzy film with a classic feel that's by far the best of Carrey physically.

- aquateen2, Wednesday, December 28, 2011

4 stars

The sort of film you can put on a saturday afternoon and actually pay attention to, funny in a way and a fun story and all round.

- scottgreen96, Sunday, October 30, 2011

4 stars

Ha, this movie is always fun to watch. Jim Carrey fits the role perfectly. The story is fun. I didnt like Cameron Diaz in this. But overall the people who dont like it are wrong.

- DreamExtractor, Monday, May 9, 2011