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The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy | 29 July 1994 (USA)
Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

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Storyline

Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) is a bank clerk that is an incredibly nice man. Unfortunately, he is too nice for his own good and is a pushover when it comes to confrontations. After one of the worst days of his life, he finds a mask that depicts Loki, the Norse night god of mischief. Now, when he puts it on, he becomes his inner, self: a cartoon romantic wild man. However, a small time crime boss, Dorian Tyrel (Peter Greene), comes across this character dubbed "The Mask" by the media. After Ipkiss's alter ego indirectly kills his friend in crime, Tyrel now wants this green-faced goon destroyed. Written by Ian Pugh <skypilot@ezaccess.net>

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Rated PG-13 for some stylized violence | See all certifications »

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29 July 1994 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£11,021,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)

Gross:

$119,938,730 (USA)
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Trivia

Based on a Dark Horse comic book series of the same name, which frequently comprised very dark horror stories on how the mask would murder people with cartoon antics. Chuck Russell has said that the movie script started off in that tone before being transformed as a vehicle for Jim Carrey's unique comedy. See more »

Goofs

Peggy Brandt tells the police officer at Ripley Auto Finishing that she is a reporter from the Evening Star. Later, when introducing herself to Stanley, she says she works for the Tribune (although she could be freelance, or it could be a "journalists tell lies" joke). See more »

Quotes

Peggy Brandt: [as Dorian's henchmen drag Stanley to a newpaper printing machine] You said you wouldn't hurt him!
Dorian Tyrell: I lied.
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Crazy Credits

When all the credits have finished some jazz drumming is heard. Then the familiar sounds of The Mask are heard saying "Yo-ho-ho-ho" (in a very drawn voice) then the sound of The Mask spinning away is heard straight after. See more »

Connections

References Hound Hunters (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
Lyrics by Don Redman and Andy Razaf
Music by Don Redman
Performed by Susan Boyd
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S-s-s-s-mokin'!
23 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Jim Carrey plays Stanley Ipkiss, a "zero" as the film tagline says, who never speaks his mind about anything. The typical mild-mannered guy.

After Stanley finds an enchanted mask under a bridge one day, though, everything changes. He goes from "zero to hero". But first, he plays around with his new found menacing powers.

Calling the mask a hero is like calling Hitler kind of a good guy. The mask makes Stanley rob banks, scare people and more. He's half-hero.

"The Mask" is not great, but it fits Carrey's film persona quite well. He bounces off the wall (literally) and just doesn't sit still. Typical Carrey.

If you're not one for loser-to-hero films or wacky slapstick, don't see "The Mask". Otherwise, it's worth a peek.

3/5 stars


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