Movie Review

The Mask

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The Mask Movie Poster

US Release Date: 07-29-1994

Directed by: Chuck Russell


  • Jim Carrey
  • Stanley Ipkiss
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Tina Carlyle
  • Peter Riegert
  • Lt. Mitch Kellaway
  • Peter Greene
  • Dorian Tyrell
  • Amy Yasbeck
  • Peggy Brandt
  • Richard Jeni
  • Charlie Schumaker
  • Tim Bagley
  • Irv Ripley
  • Nancy Fish
  • Mrs. Peenman
  • Johnny Williams
  • Burt Ripley
  • Jim Doughan
  • Detective Doyle
Reviewed on: January 10th, 2006
Jim Carrey in The Mask.

Jim Carrey in The Mask.

The Mask is a showcase of Jim Carrey's amazing comic talent. He alone raises this movie to heights it truly does not deserve to reach. The story is childish and often, however intentionally, comes across as very cartoonish.

Carrey plays a bank nerd, Stanley, whose hobby is watching cartoons. After a disastrous evening trying to get into a night club to see a hot singer named Tina, Stanley finds a mask floating in a river. He soon discovers that once someone puts the mask on their deepest desires come out. In Stanley's case he turns into a horny, out going swinger.

The plot is secondary. The best this movie has to offer is Carrey spouting one-liners after another. "Kiss me, my dear, and I will reveal my croissant. I will spread your pate. I will dip my ladle in your vichyssoise." and "No! It wasn't me! It was the One-Armed Man!" are a couple of my favorites. The Mask also introduced such catchphrases as, "Ssssssmokin!" and "Somebody stop me."

Jim Carrey has gone on to grow his acting muscles but here is where his roots are buried. His comic flare and exaggerated antics gave him a manic reputation that is still with him today. Although this is plainly Jim Carrey's movie it is definitely worth noting that this is Cameron Diaz's film debut. Carey is a ball of energy who literally bounces off the walls but Diaz holds her own as the very sexy night club singer.

The Mask is a fun film to watch in the same mode as The Three Stooges. It is silly, childish and full of physical humor. I dare anyone to watch it without catching themselves repeating a line from this movie. "It's party time. P, A, R, T. Why? Because I gotta!"