Mask (1985)


“Rocky, your mom sometimes does the wrong things, but for the right reasons.” – Gar

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (cable in the 80’s and 7 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A teenager with a birth defect tries to live his life with his single mother and her biker friends despite the fact that the rest of the world sees him as a sort of monster.

My Take on it – This is a film I recall seeing back when I was in high school and it made quite an impression on me in the intervening 30+ years.

I especially fondly recalled the scenes dealing with the teaching of colors.

They are able to showcase the acting talents of the three leads and Cher, Sam Elliott and especially Eric Stoltz all are superb with their roles.

They make us believe that they all care for one another so much and that helps make this story even more powerful.

The added bonus that this film is based on a real people adds so much more to the story especially when they deal with the premise of not judging a book by its cover.

The makeup used in this film is superb and Stoltz is completely lost under his “mask” which helps make us believe things even more since it all feels so natural.

The scenes that feature the interactions between Stoltz and Laura Dern are the best and most memorable ones of the film and it’s quite a shame that their encounters are few and far between here.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that is able to showcase the talents of the three leads. We can really believe that they all care for one another and this helps give the film more gravitas. The fact that this is based on a true story helps make things even more poignant when dealing with the idea that one should never judge a book by its cover. The makeup used to transform Stoltz is superb and it’s even hard to imagine the way he looks underneath it all because it seems so natural.  The scenes with Dern are the best of the film and it’s too bad that their interactions are relatively brief here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Cher, this film was shot in Rocky and Rusty Dennis’ old neighborhood. One day she was walking down a street with Eric Stoltz (in make-up) and an old man yelled “Hi!” at Eric. He then said, “I’m so happy to see you, I heard you died.” Cher says he was so happy that they didn’t have the heart to tell him the truth. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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