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Son of the Mask
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by Scott Weinberg

"Imagine thirty of the world's worst TV commercials strung back-to-back."
1 stars

Ugh, I tell you what. If the only reason you're considering seeing this movie is because "The Kids Wanna See It!" then you need to refocus your parenting skills just a little bit. Do us all a favor (particularly your children) and just LOOK at some of the reviews for this thing. I'd wager that at least 8 out of 10 movie critics will call 'Son of the Mask' a bona-fide piece of garbage from stem to stern. And these writers have no reason to stand between your family and a fun night out at the movies. They're telling you the TRUTH. Waste your twenty bucks on this one, and you've nobody else to blame when you need that twenty for something more tossing it directly into the nearest sewer.

Apparently New Line Cinema didn't learn their lesson the last time they tried to make a Jim Carrey sequel sans Jim Carrey. The result was a horrid and laughless abomination called Dumb & Dumberer, a sequel that made its predecessor look like the collected works of Stephen Hawking by comparison. But simple logic often runs counter to easy greed, which explains why we're now offered a Carrey-less sequel to The Mask, which, by the way, would have been a pretty wretched movie without the leading man and his endless pools of manic energy.

So yeah: if you ever wondered what The Mask would look like if you sucked Jim Carrey out of the equation, here's your answer - and it ain't pretty. In lieu of Carrey and his patented brand of innate lunacy, the sequel presents CGI babies! Yeah, as if the two Baby Geniuses aberrations weren't bad enough...they're now inspiring their own knock-offs.

The paper-thin plot offers Jamie Kennedy as a sad-sack young husband, an animator who can't catch a break at the office. But once he dons a magical mask, he becomes a huge obnoxious hit at the office Christmas party. He then has sex with his wife, thus creating a super-Mask-type baby who can do all sorts of wacky computer-generated things. Oh, and there's also Alan Cumming as a shriekingly obnoxious "god of mischief" who must return the mask to the netherworld or risk the wrath of his demanding father.

But I didn't even get to the dog yet....

Nearly all of Son of the Mask is soaked through with garish FX gags and obvious looks at the "funnier" side of bowel movements, streaming urine, and bitten crotches. (But by all means, bring the tots.) The "plot" exists as nothing more than the flimsiest of frameworks, a nominal construction used to prop up a ceaseless deluge of moronic eye candy and underwhelming special effects. It's clear that director Larry Gutterman (director of Cats & Dogs, which looks like the original Babe compared to this noxious creation) wanted this unwelcome sequel to come off like a "live-action cartoon" - but there's a good reason that Bugs Bunny and Woody Woodpecker films run only four minutes in length.

By the time we're an hour in to Son of the Mask we've been tossed through the CG ringer and spit out on the other side with no steak to go with our soda. This flick is nothing but cacophonous and blithering eye candy...and the candy's not all that well-cooked to begin with. Try and count how many times we're treated to the "whirly-spinny" effect made famous by that most respected of thespians, Mr. Tasmanian Devil. That project might be the only way you'll stay awake throughout this terrible and ill-conceived little afterthought of a money-grab, in-name-only, CGI reel of a sequel.

If, however, you still find yourself rolling on the floor whenever a TV baby's "lips" are used to form actual words of slang and sarcasm, then by all means consider 'Son of the Mask" your next all-time favorite. What's saddest about the whole obnoxious affair is that lead actor Jamie Kennedy seems to be trying really hard. It's like watching a guy on the Titanic trying to save the ship using only a sponge and a bucket.

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User Comments

5/22/15 David Hollingsworth brain surgery is better than this junk 1 stars
4/24/12 Monday Morning Can't believe you dumb fuckballs wasted your time reviewing this. 5 stars
5/18/11 dude 1 stars
4/22/11 man dreadful 1 stars
11/19/09 Talknig Bench WORST 2000's MOVIE EVER MADE! So terrible, One Froggy Evening LOST its fame forever!! 1 stars
2/16/09 Glenn This has taken the original movie and ripped it to shreds...awful awful awful! 1 stars
9/03/08 Shaun Wallner Funny Flick!! 5 stars
6/15/07 Vincent Ebriega Spent too much on (crap) effects, that they ran out of funds to be funny. 0.5/5. 1 stars
3/31/07 David Pollastrini rather dull 1 stars
11/07/06 Jenn Bad bad bad bad bad! 1 stars
3/14/06 tatum Cumming tries, but the whole pic is so damn creepy... 1 stars
12/27/05 ELI I WAS gonna rent it out, but then my stomach clenched up, so I didn't. :) 1 stars
12/19/05 Jeff Anderson Just horrible, desperate & unfunny. In short, 1 of the worst films ever commited. GODAWFUL! 1 stars
12/08/05 maoron critics are lame who criticise tis film are lame are lame this is son of the mask you know 1 stars
8/17/05 Quigley some horrible pop culture references and lame visuals. The morals were so cheesy. sick film 1 stars
7/25/05 Speedo A crime on humanity. This movie MOTHERFUCKING SUCKS!!!!! 1 stars
7/03/05 Eddie A weird movie w/some great visuals 3 stars
6/08/05 Y. Sam MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED!! Funny, funny, funny. Wild visuals. 5 stars
5/22/05 Jack Scallops They should've done better than this. WAY BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 1 stars
5/06/05 H.K. NOT FUNNY AT ALL....Mr.Kennedy should have quit this stupid movie....Script was too bad!! 1 stars
4/11/05 keithers.. it was so bad i vomited after i watched it...and i had more fun throwing up than the movie 1 stars
4/09/05 Consuela Sanchez Odin (and the other Norse deities) are NOT immortal, contrary to what film says, 2 stars
3/17/05 hulk hogan son of mask, should be called son of fag, biggest load of dog poopoo 1 stars
3/05/05 George M Which studio crack-head financed this pile of manure. 1 stars
3/03/05 Nicole it sucks!! No more questions asked. So leave it at that! 1 stars
2/27/05 Pete no no no no no no nono no N O 1 stars
2/25/05 bm playa It's really not that bad! Don't believe what everyone here is saying!! 3 stars
2/23/05 haha without a doubt, the stupidest fucking piece of dog shit trash movie I have ever watched. 1 stars
2/23/05 lol Osama yo mama!!! 1 stars
2/21/05 fiona MAKE IT STOP! 1 stars
2/20/05 mott the drupal but.. but.. earl dittman said it was the best?! 1 stars
2/20/05 Jennifer Tower UGH...could it get worse? 1 stars
2/20/05 Nicole No need to see this to know it is crap...why release a "sequel" 10 years later?? 1 stars
2/20/05 Nobody Mask - Carrey = Crap 1 stars
2/20/05 Kristina Williams No Carrey, no Diaz=no money from my wallet! 1 stars
2/19/05 Vicious The most obnoxious film trailer ever. babies are not meant to be in film. 1 stars
2/12/05 kumar Not worth the bytes i am wasting to write this sentence. 1 stars
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  18-Feb-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 17-May-2005



Directed by
  Lawrence Guterman

Written by
  Lance Khazei

  Jamie Kennedy
  Alan Cumming
  Bob Hoskins
  Traylor Howard
  Ben Stein
  Ryan Falconer

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