A man impregnates his girlfriend while wearing a magical mask, giving his child strange powers. Tim Avery has a pretty nice life-- he has a job at an animation studio, and a wife, Tonya, who'd like to be a mother sooner rather than later. His dog, Otis, brings home a wooden mask that he finds in the river one day. It turns out this mask was created by Loki, the God of Mischief-- this mask gives its wearer the powers of Loki, and it was put on Earth to wreak havoc. Loki's father, Odin, was furious that he would do such a thing, so he commands Loki to find the mask. When Tim puts on the mask at his Halloween party, it unleashes a green-faced creature much like the one in the first film, filled with cartoony facial expressions and quick surreal powers. He's the hit of the party, leading everyone in song and hooking his friend up with the girl of his dreams. He comes home that night and sleeps with his wife, and nine months later, she gives birth to Alvey. Loki realizes that a child was born from the mask, so Odin advises that if he looks for the child with magical powers, that will lead him to the mask. Tim gets a promotion and begins working from home on his cartoons, putting them on TV in order to distract Alvey long enough to get some work done. Meanwhile, Otis the dog, jealous that Tim and Tonya have been spending all their time caring for Alvey, begins putting on the mask and scheming for a way to get rid of Alvey-- however, Alvey with his powers continually thwarts Otis's plans. When Tim discovers these Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner-like duels between Otis and Alvey, he realizes the power of both his mask and his kid. Loki finds Alvey and kidnaps him, wanting the mask in exchange, but he quickly decides he'd rather have Alvey than the mask. Tim puts on the mask to fight Loki, and their equal powers cancel one another out. Eventually, they ask Alvey to decide who he'd like to stay with, and when Tim takes off the mask, Alvey chooses Tim. When Odin tries to punish Loki by kicking him out of the kingdom of the gods, Tim convinces him to keep Loki around, emphasizing the importance of family. Tim gives Odin the mask, ending its reign of mischief on Earth. The film ends with Tim working on his cartoon, based on Otis and Alvey's duels for attention, and Tonya tells Tim another baby is on the way.
Best part of story, including ending:
Son of the Mask is awful. It's one of the most detestable and creepy films ever made, not to mention a totally unnecessary sequel.
Best scene in story:
There isn't a single good scene in the film, but Bob Hoskins appearing as Odin gives his scenes a mild twinge of dignity, as by far the best actor to appear in the film.
Opinion about the main character:
Tim is a fine guy, but the script is awful, Tim in the Mask is frightening, and Jamie Kennedy is a disturbingly unfunny leading man.