Picture from MirrorMask
Overall B

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.

Violence C+
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use A

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements and scary images.

Talk to your kids about…


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?