Warning: Adult Supervision: Language, mild-violence, adult situations and images
Suggested Age 15+
From Commonsense Media: Parents need to know that The Mask You Live In (from the folks behind Miss Representation) is a deeply affecting documentary about how boys are directed to grow up to be “men” — and what it really means to be a man in today’s society. There are eye-opening interviews with experts and inspiring teachers/athletes/other role models, as well as with young boys, teens, and men who discuss their own experiences, both positive and negative; they often share moving, emotional, intense memories and feelings. Expect frank discussion (and sometimes-graphic montage footage) related to sexuality, homophobia, sexism, pornography, abuse, suicide, and rape, as well as many clips that show young men (and women) drinking and taking drugs to the point of being completely wasted. There’s also lots of strong language…and many of the sexually charged slurs boys and men use to denigrate one another’s masculinity. All of this material is accompanied by sobering statistics, but the ultimate message is one of hope; if kids can be raised to reject outdated/limiting roles, we can all help boys forge new identities as men, husbands, friends, and fathers.
(Suggested Audience – Educators, Parents, Counselors, Coaches.)
Parental Note: This trailer contains language not suitable for younger family members.
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