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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 5 January 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.



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To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

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He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ace Ventura, un detective diferente  »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Morgan Creek believed that the film would be "Fletch (1985) for the 90s". See more »


There are several spelling errors in the newspaper articles Ventura and Melissa view on microfilm, including "origionally", "Finkle'" with an apostrophe instead of a comma, "stiil", "itys" (its), "disasterous", and "Champioship". The articles also use the same filler material (usually when it's near the edge of the screen): a football-related paragraph once the relevant information is done, and occasionally completely unrelated copy that seems to have come from another article. See more »


[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »


Referenced in Undeclared: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (2002) See more »


Written by Lalo Schifrin
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"Lee, he's crazy!"
7 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

We saw "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" right after "The Mask" came out. We could not have possibly predicted how wacky it would be. At the moment when Jim Carrey started butt-talking, my dad shouted out: "Lee, he's crazy!" And believe you me, he really was. Anyone who knows anything about the movie probably knows that Carrey plays the title character, who has to find the Miami Dolphins' mascot. But mostly, the whole movie is an excuse for him to be silly. And of course, the woman who played reporter Melissa (Courtney Cox) went on to play the reporter in the "Scream" trilogy.

Well anyway, Ace Ventura really is a master of disguise, and it's almost hard to believe that after almost ten years of stagnation in comedy, this movie came and changed the way that we think about humor. Hilarious.

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