Parents' Guide to

Son of the Mask

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Dumb, loud sequel has sex, comic violence.

Movie PG 2005 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 5+
age 12+

Horrible! not for 12 or under!

Should have been rated PG-13! This turned out to be a real disappointment. I am not an overly cautious parent, but this movie is terrible. I am not letting my 15 year old watch either. He hated it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (33):

SON OF THE MASK is both watered down and jazzed up, like a kid who's had too much sugar. This semi-sequel (all new characters except for Ben Stein's cameo) is directed at a younger audience, and despite some questionable material, it's more mild than wild. There's not much by way of imagination and few of the effects qualify as "special." Jamie may be many notches down the star pole from Jim Carrey (star of the original film), but he's a likable and funny guy. For some reason, though, this film fails to make the best use of the talents he does have, making him the straight man.

Kids will enjoy the silly humor, but parents may question the appropriateness of some of the material in the movie, especially for younger children. This movie is dumb and loud, which some kids will confuse with entertaining, but others will just find it overwhelming. It's a shame not to make better use of Kennedy's talents; he's mostly limited to reaction shots. It's a bigger shame to waste this technology and the goodwill left over from the first film on a dull story with forgettable characters.

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