Directed by Lawrence Guterman, starring Jamie Kennedy, Alan Cumming, Taylor Howard and Bob Hoskins.

Jim Carrey's 1994 film 'The Mask' was mediocre plot-wise, but his manic energy created a larger than life character whose catchphrases are still instantly recognisable. 11 years on, The Mask returns in a story that's more family focussed, but still hit and miss.

Tim Avery (Kennedy) is a struggling animator who longs to have his own cartoon show, while his wife Tonya (Howard) wants to have a baby. Their dog Otis discovers a mask by a river and brings it home. Then Tim wears it to a Halloween party, unaware of the object's strange powers.

Nine months later, Tim and Tonya become parents. Meanwhile, the Norse God of Mischief Loki (Cumming), who created the mask, has been charged with returning it to his father Odin, (Hoskins) who is tired of the trouble it has caused among mortals.

Tonya leaves baby Alvey with a reluctant Tim when she goes on a business trip and it's then that the child chooses to show his father his magical abilities, much to Tim's horror. Father and son must do some serious bonding however, when Loki turns up, looking for the mask.

Fans of cartoons like 'Road Runner' and 'Tom and Jerry' will recognise many of the gags here as Alvey attempts to unhinge Tim, with Otis trying to reclaim his master's attention. These are the better scenes, but only because of the slapstick cartoon-style comedy.

Jamie Kennedy can't match Carrey's charisma as The Mask, but Cumming's mischievousness is some consolation. This would have been a backward step for Carrey career-wise, so the fact that 'Son of the Mask' is not a direct sequel actually works in its favour. It's not quite "ssssmokin'" but it's entertaining family fare nonetheless.

Katie Moten