Son of the Mask

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Son of the Mask
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Directed by Lawrence Guterman
Produced by Erica Huggins
Scott Kroopf
Written by Lance Khazei
Starring Jamie Kennedy
Alan Cumming
Traylor Howard
Steven Wright
Kal Penn
Bob Hoskins
Music by Randy Edelman
Cinematography Greg Gardiner
Edited by Malcolm Campbell
John Coniglio
Debra Neil Fisher
Production
  company
Dark Horse Entertainment
Gang of Seven Animation[1]
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s)
  • February 11, 2005 (2005-02-11) (United Kingdom)
  • February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18) (United States)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $84 million
(adjusted by inflation: $101,432,612)[2]
Box office $57,552,641
(adjusted by inflation: $69,496,604)[2]

Son of the Mask is a 2005 American fantasy family-comedy film directed by Lawrence Guterman and starring Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist from Fringe City who has just had his first child born with the powers of the Mask. It is the stand-alone sequel to the successful 1994 film The Mask, an adaptation of Dark Horse Comics which starred Jim Carrey.

It also stars Alan Cumming as the god of mischief, Loki, whom Odin has ordered to find the Mask. It co-stars Traylor Howard, Kal Penn, Steven Wright, and Bob Hoskins as Odin. Ben Stein makes a brief reappearance within the first few minutes of the film as Dr. Arthur Neuman from The Mask to reestablish the relationship with the mask and Loki. The film received extremely negative reviews and won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel. Unlike the previous film which was more adult oriented, this film is family-friendly as the tone is much lighter and more comical than the first one. The film was widely considered to be a front runner for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture, but lost to Dirty Love.

Plot[edit]

Ten years after the first film, Dr. Arthur Neuman (Ben Stein) is giving a tour of the hall of Norse mythology in Edge City Museum. A man in black comes in to view the hall. When Dr. Neuman reaches the part concerning Loki's imprisonment, Dr. Neuman mentions that Loki created the mask and unleashed it on Earth. Those who wear the mask would have the powers of Loki. When Dr. Neuman mentions that Odin punished Loki with imprisonment, a stranger becomes very angry and transforms, revealing himself to be Loki (Alan Cumming). The tourists panic and flee, but Dr. Neuman stays to argue with the angry god. Loki takes the mask, but realizes it is a fake. In anger he removes Dr. Neuman's still talking face from his body and puts it on the mask stand, before getting rid of the guards and storming out of the museum in a whirlwind of rage.

In a town called Fringe City, Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy), an aspiring cartoonist at an animation company, is feeling reluctant to become a father. He has a beautiful wife, Tonya (Traylor Howard), and a best friend, Jorge (Kal Penn), who is very shy around women. Tim has a close relationship with his dog Otis ("Bear"), who finds an ancient mask in a creek and brings it to his owner's house. At the island, Loki was relaxing until Odin (Bob Hoskins) confronts him and orders his son to find the mask. Loki asks Odin to help him, however, Odin tells Loki that this is his mess and he has to clean it up. Tim puts on the real mask for a Halloween party, transforming into a party animal similar to the mask character from the first film. Tim notices Jorge's crush, Sylvia, standing alone in the back; eagerly confronts her and has her stripped out of her costume and into a skimpy red suit. Sylvia falls into Jorge's arms, which pleases them both. When the company party turns out to be a bore, Tim uses his mask powers to perform a remix of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", making the party a success, and giving Tim's boss the idea for a new cartoon.

Tim returns to his house and, while still wearing the mask conceives a baby. The baby, when he is born, has the same powers as Loki. Meanwhile, Loki is trying to find the child born from the mask, from his father Odin possessing a store clerk, saying if he finds the child, he will find the mask. Later, Tonya goes on a business trip, leaving Tim with the baby. Tim, who has been promoted at work, desperately tries to work on his cartoon at home, but is disrupted by baby Alvey. In order to get some peace and quiet, Tim lets Alvey watch TV, which shows Michigan J. Frog. Alvey devilishly obtains the idea to mess with his father's head by using his mask powers. Meanwhile, Otis the dog, who has been feeling neglected by Tim because of Alvey, dons the mask by accident and becomes a crazed animal version of himself, who wishes to get rid of the baby but all his attempts are overturned by Alvey. Tim starts to notice his son and dog's wild cartoonish behavior, when Alvey starts harassing him.

Eventually, Loki finds the mask-born baby, and confronts Tim for the mask back, and is thwarted again and again by Alvey who uses the power of the Mask. Loki then kidnaps Alvey to exchange for the mask, but decides to keep him despite the exchange, forcing Tim to don the mask again to fight Loki. The subsequent confrontation is relatively evenly matched due to Loki and Tim-in-the-Mask possessing equal powers, prompting Loki to halt the fight so that Alvey can decide who he wants to live with. Although Loki tries to lure Alvey to him with toys, Tim wins when he removes the mask and asks Alvey to come back to him using the human connection he has forged with his son. Odin loses his patience and begins to banish Loki, but Tim confronts the powerful Norse god and tells him that the most important thing in life is a relationship with your family, and Odin accepts Loki as a son, accepting the mask from Tim as well. Tim's cartoon, based on his own experiences of a boy and a dog competing for the father's attention, is a hit, and Tonya reveals that she is pregnant again before the film closes.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Not long after the release of The Mask, it was announced in Nintendo Power that Jim Carrey would be returning in a sequel called The Mask II. The magazine held a contest where the first prize would be awarded a walk-on role in the film. Director Chuck Russell, who helmed the original film, expressed his interest in a Mask sequel in his 1996 Laserdisc commentary. He was hoping Carrey would come back as the title character, along with Amy Yasbeck, who played reporter Peggy Brandt in the original. Russell decided to cut scenes when Peggy dies and leave the character open for the sequel, which became this film. In a 1995 Barbara Walters Special, Carrey revealed that he was offered the then-record-setting sum of $10 million to star in The Mask II, but turned it down, because his experiences on Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls convinced him that reprising a character he'd previously played offered him no challenges as an actor. Due to Carrey declining to reprise his role, the project never came to fruition, and the concept for the sequel was completely changed. This marks the second time that a sequel has been made to a film for which Carrey declined to reprise his role; the first was Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd and is followed by Evan Almighty and Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective. Since the film never came to fruition, in the final issue of Nintendo Power, an apology was issued to the winner of the contest.

Ben Stein reprises his role of Dr. Arthur Neuman from the original film. He is involved in the movie to re-establish the relationship between the mask and its creator, Loki. He is the only actor to appear in both films as well as in The Mask cartoon series. The dog's name, Otis, connects with the dog from the original film and comic book, Milo, as a reference to the movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis. The naming of "Tim Avery" pays homage to famous cartoonist Tex Avery. Tim Avery wants to be a cartoonist throughout the film. The film was shot in Fox Studios Sydney.

Reception[edit]

The film was panned by the critics. Rotten Tomatoes ranked the film 75th in the 100 worst reviewed films of the 2000s, with a rating of 6%.[3]

In his review on At the Movies, Richard Roeper stated "In the five years I've been co-hosting this show, this is the closest I've ever come to walking out halfway through the film, and now that I look back on the experience, I wish I had." Roger Ebert stated "What we basically have here is a license for the filmmakers to do whatever they want to do with the special effects, while the plot, like Wile E. Coyote, keeps running into the wall."[4] Lou Lumerick of the New York Post said "Parents who let their kids see this stinker should be brought up on abuse charges; so should the movie ratings board that let this suggestive mess slip by with a PG rating." When placing blame for the film's critical failure, critic Willie Waffle of WaffleMovies.com asserted, "How far down the Hollywood food chain do you have to go before you get stuck with Jamie Kennedy as the star of your movie? Did Ben Affleck turn down Son of the Mask? Was Carrot Top busy? Did Pauly Shore refuse to return your calls?"[5]

It was the most nominated film at the 2005 Golden Raspberry Awards with eight, winning for Worst Remake or Sequel,[6] and won several 2005 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards, including Worst Actor (Jamie Kennedy), Worst Sequel, and Worst Couple (Kennedy and anyone forced to co-star with him).[7] The film earned back $57.6 million of its $84 million budget, making it a box office bomb.[2]

When asked in an interview about whether the film's negative critical reaction had damaged Kennedy's morale in wanting do another project like this, Kennedy replied to the interviewer, "Yes. You got me right after a batch of bad interviews so I'm going to be honest with you about this. It does because I'm just being killed, absolutely killed... But honestly, doing this movie is an interesting experience because I just came off my show and Malibu's Most Wanted where I had a good amount of control. And then in this movie I didn't have any control. I just can't do that. I have to have my voice in there. If I can't, I'm just going to be like I'm doing someone else's thing. I have to have some of my voice because I have my own experiences that I lived through. All I can do is just try to make things independently. That's the only way you can do it. The only way you can do that is if you're a huge, huge, huge star. I'm not there yet. I'm just like a working actor."[8] The largely negative reviews of Son of the Mask, some of which attacked Kennedy personally, inspired Kennedy to co-create the documentary film Heckler, an examination of both hecklers and professional critics.

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the film was released on Wireless Phone on February 10, 2005. The game was published and developed by Indiagames.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominee Result
Razzie Award[6] Worst Picture Erica Huggins and Scott Kroopf, producers Nominated
Worst Director Lawrence Guterman Nominated
Worst Screenplay Lance Khazei Nominated
Worst Actor Jamie Kennedy Nominated
Worst Screen Couple Jamie Kennedy and anybody stuck sharing the screen with him. Nominated
Worst Supporting Actor Alan Cumming Nominated
Bob Hoskins Nominated
Worst Remake or Sequel Won
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[7] Worst Picture Nominated
Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy Nominated
Worst Sequel Won
Foulest Family Film Won
Worst Actor Jamie Kennedy Won
Worst Screen Couple Jamie Kennedy and anyone forced to co-star with him. Won
Most Annoying Fake Accent, Male Kal Penn Nominated
Least "Special" Special Effects Nominated
Most Intrusive Musical Score Randy Edelman Won
Worst Song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" (Jamie Kennedy) Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Projects". g7animation.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Son of the Mask (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Son of the Mask (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 18, 2005). "Son of the Mask". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b "Razzies© 2003 Press Release". Razzies.com. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 
  7. ^ a b 2005 Stinker Awards Announced!, Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ "Jamie Kennedy Interview - Jamie Kennedy on Son of the Mask and Creative Control". Movies.about.com. 2012-04-10. Retrieved 2012-07-16. 

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