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Still shot from the movie: MirrorMask.


A young teen (Stephanie Leonidas) whose mother (Gina McKee) is ill, dreams she is in a fantasy world where she is trying to find a MirrorMask-- a magical charm that will awaken a White Queen (also played by Gina McKee) and chase the dark shadows out of her enchanted kingdom. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Theater Release: 29 Sep 2005
Video Release: 13 Feb 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does the script use positive and negative images (such as the light queen and the dark queen) to tell the story? What other examples of these kinds of juxtaposed characters can you find? How does having one actor play more than one role add to the symbolic meaning of the story?

How do the movie’s creators use costumes to portray the extreme opposites of a character’s attitude? Do you think real people are made up of similar opposing personality traits? Do the clothes you chose to wear say anything about you?

How do you feel about the comment made by one of the circus performers who states, “Dreams can only get you so far—then you need cash.” Is this a realistic or pessimistic view of the world?

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