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Son of the Mask

A movie directed by Larry Guterman

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I Can't Believe I Sat Through Son of the Mask

  • Mar 19, 2006
Pros: Bear the dog, Alan Cumming, sweet message about family

Cons: this movie NEVER should have been made, too much CGI, just plain stoopud

The Bottom Line: This movie never, ever, ever should have been made. EVER.

I am sick. I rarely get so sick that I curl up in bed and watch whatever is on television. If a season of 24 was made about me for the past 24 hours, you would have seen nothing but sleeping, watching television, going to the bathroom and some more sleeping. Fortunately, our area is receiving a free trial of HBO and Cinemax. Over the past 24 hours, I have watched several movies that I didn't get to see in the theater.

Son of the Mask is one of these movies. Nothing else was on, as is usual on a Saturday Night, and I had seen all of the other movies that were playing on the different stations. I flipped to Son of the Mask and settled in.

We all know the story of The Mask, starring Jim Carrey. (If not, read one of the terrific reviews that you can find on Epinions.) At the very end of that movie, Stanley ipkiss (Carrey) gets rid of the mask that bought him the magical powers.

In the beginning of Son of the Mask, we meet Loki, Norse God of Mischief (Alan Comming), who is searching for the magical mask that he made and knows is lost on Earth. He is brought to Fringe City (several miles away from Edge City, which was in The Mask), where he knows that he can find the mask. He searches high and low, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, Otis, the Avery family dog, finds the mask and brings it home to his owner. When animator-wanna-be Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy) loses his mask for a company Halloween party, his wife Tonya (Traylor Howard) give him the mask that Otis brought home. Avery wears the mask, and becomes the hit of the Halloween party, and thoroughly impresses his boss Daniel Moss (Steven Wright). Tim, still wearing the mask, goes home to Tonya and has sex with her. (Obviously, the sex scene is not shown, as this movie is aimed at a younger audience.) The next morning, Otis gets the mask and hides it in his room.

We soon find out that Tonya is pregnant-- something that she had been nagging Tim about since the start of the film. This isn't a spoiler-- we all knew that a baby was involved because of the title. There are all sorts of strange things that happen with Tonya during her pregnancy, and even stranger things that happen while Tim watches his son during Tonya's week-long business trip to New York.

Odin, Norse God of Wisdom (Bob Hoskins), informs his son Loki that "a child has been born of the mask." Loki sets out to find the infant. What ensues is slapstick comedy throughout the film, overpowered with all sorts of CGI. In the end, we learn that a father's love and family is more important that petty squabbles.

Alan Cumming is a great actor. He is a true character actor, and was the best cast member in this film. (Well, next to Bear, who played Otis.) His antics weren't too over-the-top, which was refreshing in a cast of over-actors. Cumming's performance almost nets this terrible film another star.

I love Jamie Kennedy. He cracked me up in Malibu's Most Wanted and on his television show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, but he just didn't fare well in The Son of the Mask. He's a young guy, and just not believable as a father. He just can't do the slapstick the way that Carrey does, either. Carrey has some pretty big shoes to fill, and Kennedy's feet were just a little too small.

The twins that played Alvey Avery, Liam and Ryan Falconer, are just adorable. A lot of their actions were done with CGI. Quite frankly, the dancing baby on Allie McBeal was better than some of the CGI stuff they did.

I can't stand Traylor Howard. I have never seen her in anything that I have liked, and Son of the Mask is no different. She is constantly whiney, nagging, and not very convincing. She's in the same boat as Monica Potter for me. I just can't stand these types of actresses. I was thrilled when Tonya had to go away for a week-- that meant that she wasn't going to be in a lot of the movie.

Bear the dog is adorable. He does such cool tricks. I was bummed when they covered him up with CGI, too, because he ends up wearing the mask. It seemed like a cartoon whenever he was on and wearing the mask. Not cool.

I don't even know if "cinematography" is the right term for this section... The movie itself was filmed nicely. However, the CGI got really annoying. It was more of a cartoonish CGI than anything else. There were a lot of undertones of Looney Tunes, which was way too young for me. I always thought that CGI was supposed to make things look realistic. The CGI in this film just made things look ridiculous.

This movie received a rating of PG. I believe that it received this rating for the same reason that movies such as Home Alone received it: So that parents don't blame the movie for giving their kids ideas of how to destroy their house. I definitely believe that kids as young as 8 can watch this film and enjoy it. There isn't any sex (except mention of having a baby) and no foul language. The fight scene at the end may be a little scary for young ones, but not too much.

If you have kids, they might enjoy Son of the Mask. You, on the other hand, won't. This movie should have been squashed as soon as someone said, "Hey! Why don't we make a sequel to The Mask?" Not a good idea. It bombed at the box office. It receive 7 nominations for Razzie Awards. It even won the Razzie for Worst Remake or Sequel.

Even if you do have kids, I wouldn't recommend that you run to your nearest Best Buy and purchase this DVD. It's not good. There are a lot of better films out there for kids. But, if you do decide to go against my advice and purchase it, make sure you get The Mask, too. At least you'll have one good movie.


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review by . April 21, 2006
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I can just picture how this movie came to be:    "So how else can we screw up our careers?"     "I know! Let's take a film that was wildly successful and make a sequel out of it!    "Perfect! We'll get B-grade actors who have half the charisma and want only 10% of Carrey's original salary. We'll save millions and rake in a massive profit, never mind the fact nobody wants to see a second rate sequel with none of the original actors that …
review by . March 19, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Bear the dog, Alan Cumming, sweet message about family     Cons: this movie NEVER should have been made, too much CGI, just plain stoopud     The Bottom Line: This movie never, ever, ever should have been made. EVER.     I am sick. I rarely get so sick that I curl up in bed and watch whatever is on television. If a season of 24 was made about me for the past 24 hours, you would have seen nothing but sleeping, watching television, …
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Billed as the sequel to the hit 1994 film THE MASK--which featured an unforgettably cartoonish performance by Jim Carrey--Larry Guterman's SON OF THE MASK is another energetic movie that blends special effects, action, and comedy to create an admirable entry to the genre. This time around, the star of the film is Jamie Kennedy (MALIBU'S MOST WANTED), who plays Tim Avery, a young husband with a fear of fatherhood. Unfortunately, he is about to become just that, alongside his excited wife Tonya (Traylor Howard). What makes an already bad situation worse is Tim's eventual realization that his son was conceived under the powers of the eternal Mask of Loki, which has turned his son into an uncontrollable monster. Then there's the arrival of the actual Loki (Alan Cumming), an evil figure who has come to reclaim his mask and win the approval of his overly critical father, Odin (Bob Hoskins). As Tim battles against Loki and tries to return his son to normalcy, he learns what being a good father is all about. Fea...
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Director: Larry Guterman
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 18, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Lance Khazei
DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 26min
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