The Mask

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Stanley Ipkiss is a likeable schmuck, a bank teller who wouldn't say 'boo' to a goose. Men don't give him a second glance, women look right through him - until, one night, Stanley happens across an ancient mask. Wearing it, he's transformed into a lime-faced bundle of mischievous energy, part man, part loony tune. 'I could be a superhero,' he muses, 'a force for good...' But first for some fun: he wreaks vengeful havoc at his local garage, robs the bank where he works, and sweeps lovely nightclub chanteuse Tina (Diaz) off her feet. This is a treat, a classic Jekyll and Hyde story for the '90s. Director Russell brings a lowbrow pulp rigour to the material that's reminiscent of vintage Roger Corman and pays lavish homage to animator Tex Avery. 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. Hip, flip and fly.

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Release details

Duration: 101 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Charles Russell
Screenwriter: Mike Werb
Cast: Jim Carrey
Cameron Diaz
Peter Riegert
Peter Greene
Amy Yasbeck
Richard Jeni

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Chesca R
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Nice guy finds a mask puts it on and a world of mischief and mayhem follows. This is Jim Carey at his original and best, most of his comedy films post this film have definite shades of this character in them. Cameron Diaz is properly introduced into the cinema goers world in this film and she is nothing short of drop dead gorgeous. This film is lots of fun but best not watched with a hangover.