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We pulled an oldie-but-a-goodie out to watch with the kids this weekend. It had been years since we’d seen it, but it’s still very funny…

The basic concept: Nice guy and cartoon lover Stanley Ipkiss finds a mysterious mask. When he puts it on, his deep-down desires take over. He stands up for himself and chases after a girl he likes. All of this while essentially living as a cartoon character, able to do anything his imagination can come up with.

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When Jim Carrey signed on to do this film, Ace Ventura had not yet come out. Carrey was just an In Living Color star trying to make it in the movie world. After Ace Ventura, Carrey was suddenly a box-office draw. By his third movie, Dumb and Dumber, he was making millions per picture.

This film did amazingly well. And it deserved to. It’s funny, silly, clever, original and fairly clean. Very few objectionable words or actions take place. The effects make you feel like you’re watching some of the classic Looney Tunes cartoons of the 40s. It’s very well done! It also had a gorgeous female lead, Cameron somebody, in her first movie.

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This may have been the first film for Cameron Diaz, but her star shot up so fast it makes your head spin. She became an A-lister almost overnight. Her turn as the sympathetic Tina got her tons of recognition. The tight dresses probably helped to…

The music also a blast. Full of dance-happy swing music, The Mask’s soundtrack makes you want to clap your hands and tap your toes!

The Mask did spawn a sequel which we prefer not to talk about and a TV series which I never saw. But this movie, Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz’s big hit is still worth watching again and again. I highly suggest you give it a view!

Have you seen this one recently? Comment me!

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