The Mask

dir. Chuck Russell

Series - Retrospective

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Jim Carrey confirmed his big-screen stardom as the green-faced, zoot-suited, superpowered party animal in this megahit special-effects comedy.
Toiling away in his menial job as a bank clerk, meek Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) has his inner id unleashed when he discovers a mysterious mask that turns him into a green-faced, zoot-suited party animal endowed with outrageous, physics-defying powers. Setting his amorous sights on a sultry nightclub singer (Cameron Diaz), the Mask soon runs afoul of a vicious mobster (Peter Greene), who has his own sinister plans for the magical mask. Accentuating Carrey's elastic features with brilliant CG effects and paying homage to classic Looney Tunes cartoons, The Mask confirmed Carrey's unlikely stardom after the surprise success of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, turned Diaz (in her first major role) into the Hollywood hottie du jour, and briefly made "Smokin'!" and "Somebody Stop Me!" into annoyingly ubiquitous T-shirt slogans.