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The Mask You Live In

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

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About the Movie

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's limited definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become "real" men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the "boy crisis" and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Reductive and sensationalistic correlations detract from the movie's salient points. – Ben Kenigsberg, Variety, Feb 6, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Profoundly insightful

Helped me to better understand the pressures my two sons must deal with on a day to day basis. The weight of the emotions they must handle. The expectations they must meet in order not to be judged by those around them. If you are a parent of a young man or raising a daughter, this explains so much of why are young men are so angry, so misunderstood and so many are lost. Excellent movie.

Film fails to explain

Surprise! Boys have feelings and they don't talk about it. Groundbreaking! smh...

The film is a bunch of critical observers attempting to explain what they see and hear but are too afraid, too biased, or too dumb to investigate and explain root causes behind these boy problems, so the film keeps circling around the same surface-level issue.

An honest investigation and observation would of concluded: Removing Judeo-Christian values from our culture has resulted in boys (and girls) being born out-of-wedlock, raised in 2nd or 3rd generation fatherless homes who turn to alcohol, drugs, crime, and violence because they don't have any good and higher purpose in their life and are fed a completely misguided understanding of manhood by a secular society that doesn't know what that is.

MUST SEE for your sons

From its message, to its empathy, entertainment value, and high production value, this is a brilliant and poignant documentary. In an era where the one thing that shooters in mass killings have in common is that they are men, and there’s an endless line of men from Harvey Weinstein to Trump who use power to serially assault and harass women, it’s never been more imperative that we change the enculturation of boys so that they can cope with pain and anger without resorting to dominance and violence. My tween and teenager sons were incredibly moved by this movie. They were also fully engaged for the entire film. The filmmakers identified a large group of experts to interview who are compelling, interesting, and relatable men - men who hold the attention of boys who watch the movie. Watch this movie with your sons so that they can consciously think about what it means that they’re constantly told to “be a man”, and to long before they’re teenagers believe it is unmanly to show emotion. This movie was the start of an ongoing dialogue with our sons about the messaging they confront every day.

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