Avid cartoonist Tim Avery (Jamie Kennedy, Malibu's Most Wanted, Scream Trilogy) suddenly is burdened to act as a single parent to his newborn son Alvey (Ryan and Liam Falconer) as his wife goes to New York for a week on business. It soon becomes known that Alvey has "powers" of the mask of Loki (Alan Cumming, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, X2). Now, Loki wants his powers and mask back...
Based on the fact that little-known director Lawrence Guterman (Cats & Dogs, Headless!) had directed this film, I definitely did not expect such work. This film was well put together and could attract many audiences.
The acting of this motion picture was fulfilling. Kennedy and Cumming portrayed their characters well, which was highly expected from the experience they have. Appearances from Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle) and Ben Stein (Ferris Bueller's Day Off) really accentuated the film. Transitions throughout the entire hour and 45 minutes were par excellence. Noticing this from a genre of the sort is highly unlikely, considering the director's lack of high profile experience, but it did astonish me.
As always, with the good comes the bad. The film contained minor "hokey" elements that I wasn't lured toward. Although I felt this way, the preteens of the theatre obtained kicks and giggles from it. I'll denounce this upon age difference.
Son of the Mask is rated PG for action, crude and suggestive humor and language. I must admit it was a little harshly rated. This PG kisses the borderline of PG-13 at times. The raw and risqué humor and language was periodically unnecessary.
A nice additive of the movie was the special effects, which were essential. Kennedy spent three and a half hours a day in makeup consisting of foam rubber for the mask. At times, he had to breathe only through a straw. The effects were paid off well as the intrigue struck many viewers.
If you are searching for a collective laugh, Son of the Mask may be a film to invest in seeing. Watching the original Mask (Jim Carrey) would not be a prerequisite to see this movie. However, this movie is aimed towards the younger audiences, so mind that. Otherwise, for some good, clean fun, Son of the Mask may be right up your alley.