Son of the Mask is a 2005 American fantasy family-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman, director of Cats & Dogs, 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, with Bob Hoskins as Odin and Donald Sutherland as Otis. 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 was widely panned by critics. It won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Remake or Sequel. Unlike the previous film which was more adult oriented, this film is a family-friendly as the tone is much lighter and more comical than the first one's.
Plot[edit | edit source]
11 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 will have the powers of Loki. Dr. Neuman also mentioned Odin punished Loki and the imprisonment, the 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 his 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's 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, an aspiring cartoonist at an animation company, is feeling reluctant to become a father. He has a beautiful wife, Tonya, and a best friend, Jorge, who is very shy around women. Tim has a close relationship with his dog Otis ("Donald Sutherland"), who finds the real mask in a creek and brings it to his owner's house. At an island, Loki was relaxing until Odin 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 that he himself has to clean up.
Tim puts on the mask for a Halloween party, transforming into a party animal that is 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 bathing 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", therefore 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 he 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 some cartoons. Alvey devilishly obtains the idea to mess with his father's head by using his mask powers. Meanwhile, Otis, 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 by Alvey who uses his powers to ward him off.
Eventually, Odin, possessing Tim's body, becomes fed up with Loki's destructive approach for defying him once again and strips his son of his powers. A seemingly deranged Tim is eventually fired after failing to impress his boss during a pitch, but he is able to reconcile and bond with Alvey. Later that night, Loki manages to summon and convince Odin to give him another chance to prove himself. Odin obliges, but warns his son that he only has one hour to retrieve the mask or else he is banished and permanently loses his powers. Loki then kidnaps Alvey in exchange for the mask, just as Tonya finally returns from her trip. After Tim explains everything, the two find Otis, still wearing the mask and upset with Tim for ignoring him. Tim is able to win him over by apologizing for not paying enough attention, and promises that he and Alvey can get along with each other. Moved, Otis agrees, allowing Tim to remove the mask from the dog. The family finds Loki and give him the mask, but Loki, having bonded with Alvey over their powers, goes back on his deal. Tim gets the mask back and dons it once again, engaging in a high-speed pursuit, and eventually confronting him in a stadium, where Tim and Loki go hand-to-hand. However, both Tim and Loki are evenly matched due to possessing equal powers, prompting Loki to halt the fight, and suggest that they let Alvey decide who he wants to go with. Although Loki tries to lure Alvey to him with toys and promises of fun, Tim wins by removing the mask and asks Alvey to come back to him using the human connection he has forged with his son, convincing Alvey to choose his parents.
Saddened and furious, Loki tries to destroy the family, but his one-hour time limit expires as Odin finally shows up in person. Having lost his patience and deeming Loki a failure, he prepares to banish him, but Tim confronts the powerful Norse god and tells him that regardless of their problems, they are still father and son. Moved by Tim's words, Odin reconciles with Loki, accepting the mask from Tim as well before the two gods return to Asgard. Some time later, Tim's cartoon, based on his own experiences, becomes a hit, and Tonya reveals that she is pregnant again before the film closes.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery
- Alan Cumming as Loki
- Traylor Howard as Tonya Avery
- Kal Penn as Jorge
- Bear as Hannibal
- Ryan and Liam Falconer as Alvey Avery (voiced by Joyce Kurtz, Mona Marshall, Mary Matilyn Mouser, and Neil Ross)
- Steven Wright as Daniel Moss
- Bob Hoskins as Odin
- Donald Sutherland as Otis
- Ben Stein as Dr. Arthur Neuman
- Magda Szubanski as Betty
- Sandy Winton as Chris
- Rebecca Massey as Clare
- Ryan Johnson as Chad
- Victoria Thaine as Sylvia
- Peter Flett as Mr. Kemperbee
- Amanda Smyth as Mrs. Babcock
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the first movie, it is shown that Loki's mask only works at night, however, Otis the dog was seen wearing the mask during the day. This was also one thing that the animated series shared, as Stanley was seen using The Mask during the day multiple times. This would be one thing that would make The Mask of Loki slightly more like the comic, as a matter of fact, the not working during the day rule was only present in the first film, as in the comics, animated series, and this film, it could be worn anytime.
- Ben Stein is the only returning cast member from the first film.
- Before the release of Son of the Mask, a direct sequel to The Mask entitled The Mask II, was confirmed by Charles Russell, but after Jim Carrey turned down the role, the sequel was cancelled. However, recently there have been rumors of the sequel being back in development with Carrey reprising his role as Stanley Ipkiss. Whether it will make this film canon or non-canon is unconfirmed.
- A notable scene in the films involves characters performing “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. In The Mask Strikes Back #3, during an attempt to perform for a heavy metal crowd, Ben (while wielding the Mask) instead turns into a crooner who begins performing that very song.
- The first half of the film takes place around Halloween, which brings to mind The Mask: The Hunt for Green October, in which the Mask was also found around the Halloween season.