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Son of the Mask

Son of the Mask

Lawrence Guterman (2004)

90min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Jim Carrey's 1994 hit The Mask gets a poor sequel courtesy of Cats & Dogs director Lawrence Guterman. This time, the magical Nordic relic falls into the hands of an aspiring cartoonist (Jamie Kennedy), who fathers a son while wearing it. The baby is born with all the eye-popping powers of Carrey's original character, turning his dad's world upside down with nonstop cartoon-type mayhem. Although the mixture of live action, special effects and animation demonstrates a certain crude imagination, the sequel can't touch its predecessor's dynamic visual style. In fact, every aspect of this risible comedy is substandard in comparison, from the casting to the frequent movie references. Even when sporting the Mask, Kennedy lacks charisma, while his singing and dancing infant looks downright creepy. Throw in an ineffectual villain (Alan Cumming, as the Norse god of mischief, Loki) and the obligatory fart gag and you've got a barrel-scraping cash-in that feels more like a TV show than a Hollywood picture.

Summary

The life of an unassuming cartoonist is turned upside down by a mysterious wooden mask, which endows his baby son with fantastic eye-popping powers. However, the chaos escalates when mischievous Norse god Loki decides he wants the mask back - no matter what the cost. Comedy sequel, starring Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins and Traylor Howard.

Cast & Crew

Tim Avery Jamie Kennedy
Loki Alan Cumming
Odin Bob Hoskins
Tonya Avery Traylor Howard
Dr Arthur Neuman Ben Stein
Alvey Avery Ryan Falconer
Alvey Avery Liam Falconer
Mr Kemperbee Peter Flett
Director Lawrence Guterman
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Edited for language. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 11 Feb 2005

Comedy Drama

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