SON OF THE MASK
Misguided Cartoony Sequel
Release Date: February 18, 2005
Audience: Children and young teenagers
Rating: PG for action, crude and
suggestive humor, and language
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Lawrence Guterman
Producer: Erica Huggins and Scott Kroopf
Writer: Lance Khazei
Address Comments To:Mark Ordesky, President
Fine Line Features
Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne
New Line Cinema
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After Tim and his wife conceive a child while he is wearing the mask (the audience presumes), their child is born with special powers. Meanwhile, Loki, the son of a god (the movie deals heavily in mythological Norse gods) is roaming the earth to find the mask. Tim’s dog has buried it in the backyard, but Loki won’t rest until he has it back.
If the plot sounds harebrained, you are exactly right. The story only gets in the way of the frequent computer animations. Tim’s dog and baby are animated, the latter looking like a cousin of the dancing baby made popular through ALLY MCBEAL and websites in the late 90s. There is a lot of Wile E. Coyote-style action with chases and outlandish traps.
Although mythology is often studied harmlessly by schoolchildren, in SON OF THE MASK these Norse gods are presented as living, breathing characters, and to confuse the idea of deity is unhealthy for any young person. The gods perform rituals and possess humans, further adding to the uncomfortable false religious feeling of the movie.
Another strange decision is the adult elements haphazardly tossed into the movie. If kids are the target audience, why include a visual gag in which a woman in stirrups has babies shooting out from between her legs? That kind of crudity is inappropriate for the audience.
Crude, irreverent and boring – it’s an easy decision. SON OF THE MASK isn’t worth seeing.
This plot is harebrained and gets in the way of the frequent computer animations. There is a lot of Wile E. Coyote-style action with chases and outlandish traps. The Norse gods are presented as living, breathing characters, who perform rituals and possess humans, adding to the uncomfortable false religious feeling of the movie. There are also some crude jokes that will go over children’s heads. Crude, irreverent, boring – it’s an easy decision. SON OF THE MASK isn’t worth seeing.