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The Mask You Live In (2015)

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Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Herman Joe Herman ... Himself - Coach and Former NLF Player
Michael Kimmel Michael Kimmel ... Himself - Sociologist and Educator (as Dr. Michael Kimmel)
Caroline Heldman Caroline Heldman ... Herself - Political Scientist and Educator (as Dr. Caroline Heldman)
Tony Porter Tony Porter ... Himself - Educator and Activist
Roman Sarlo Roman Sarlo ... Himself
Mike Nelson Mike Nelson ... Himself
Cleo Cloman Cleo Cloman ... Himself
Borey Ai Borey Ai ... Himself
Nghiep Lam Nghiep Lam ... Himself
Curtis Carroll Curtis Carroll ... Himself
Tommy Winfrey Tommy Winfrey ... Himself
Ian Breckenridge-Jackson Ian Breckenridge-Jackson ... Himself
Lisa Elliott Lisa Elliott ... Herself - Neuroscientist (as Dr. Lise Eliot)
Michael G. Thompson Michael G. Thompson ... Himself - Psychologist (as Dr. Michael G. Thompson)
Nadine Burke Nadine Burke ... Herself - Pediatrician (as Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris)


Explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. Written by Anonymous

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25 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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A Máscara Em Que Você Vive See more »

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28 Youths were credited in order of speaking appearance, and 62 Additional Youths Interviewed, were named by first name only. See more »


Features Blade Runner (1982) See more »


Written by Torrance Esmond, Joseph Prielozny, Le Crae Moore, Kenneth Chris MacKey and Dustin Bowie
Performed by Le Crae Moore (as Le Crae)
Courtesy of Reach Records LLC
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Starts okay, goes superficial pretty quick.
13 August 2017 | by badoliSee all my reviews

The documentary raises some valid points, but ends up very superficial. The downfall starts with blaming of superheroes and video games. The old stereotypes from the brainwashed boy are popping up, that are refuted in a lot of studies. Sure, media has influence, but the "how" and the "how much" only implied. The study it presents is from the 70ies and 80ies and hardly representative of the present state of psychology.

As such it feels the movie pushes a narrative. Some of the interviewed people offer only anecdotal reference and some just lack any credentials for the issues they discuss. At times it feels weirdly constructed, as with the vilification of porn segment. Even Philip Zimbardo only conjures the old outsider-stereotype and an extremely bold statement like "violance against women is at epidemic proportions" is not supported by any historical figures. Questionable feminist terms like "rape culture", "entitlement" and "privilege" are thrown around.

The main topic of this film is very important and current and at times it seems the film is highlighting the right issues. But ultimately it looses itself in general attack on anything that it perceives masculine. I wish it was more subtle in the approach and better researched and balanced.

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