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I'm guessing that everybody knows the story of this movie by now, but
for those who might not have had the opportunity to see this great
movie, it's quite a simple formula. The Miami Dolphins mascot is stolen
and by word-of-mouth advertising Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is called
into manic action. His job is to find the dolphin and return it before
The Miami Dolphins' crucial game.
Jim Carrey is quite simply amazing, I never stopped laughing the whole way through the movie. This is surely Carrey's best work, even now. OK, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask are very funny movies too, but this takes the biscuit. Everything Ace does made me laugh, from whipping football player's with a towel to get a ring imprint to showing up at a mansion party and being his usual manic self.
100 laughs per hour, if you have a sense of humour, then this movie is for you!!!
Ace Ventura is the kind of comedy that stems directly from a TV show, and
this case, that show was probably In Living Color, where Carrey got most
his publicity before he became famous as a movie actor. A quick look
Carrey's filmography will prove that Ace Ventura is the film that really
acted as a springboard for his career. He had a few small roles in films
previous to Ace Ventura, the largest of which was probably his role as one
of the aliens in the awful film Earth Girls Are Easy, but after Ace
his career skyrocketed. The Mask (hey, he's still new, give the guy a
break), Dumb & Dumber, a sequel to Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, The Cable Guy
(oops), The Truman Show (ah, better), Man On The Moon, Me, Myself & Irene,
The Grinch, and there's no end in sight.
Sure, Ace Ventura does not compare to half of these movies, and is clearly more on the side of the bone-headed comedy that he was doing on In Living Color, but his talent is unmistakable. I first saw this movie when I was in high school, and I remember that I would ditch school and go to the theater to see it and I would laugh hysterically until my sides hurt every time I saw it. There's something about seeing a slob at a tremendously rich party who just doesn't care about the etiquette of the rich people. Did anyone not laugh when he was `testing' the food at Ron Kamp's I'm-the-richest-man-in-the-universe party and stuck his tongue out at that poor guy next to him? That whole scene at that party is classic!
And, of course, it only gets better with Ace's dealings with Lois Einhorn. The whole crying game idea may have gone a little too far, but it was always amusing. Jim Carrey saves Ace Ventura from sinking to the totally brainless level of more recent crapfests as the Scary Movies, and even makes this into one of the better comedies of 1994. This is not the type of movie that is likely to win any awards, but you will remember the hilarious dialogue and Jim Carrey's immediately recognizable rubber-faced antics in this film that served as a spring board to his career, which later brought us many more excellent movies. Way to go, Jim.
In 1994, a year that gave us Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction and The
Shawshank Redemption, Morgan Creek Productions and Warner Bros.
Pictures came out with the funniest film of the decade, err, 1994, with
the Jim Carrey super-vehicle, ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE.
Right off the bat, it is a Jim Carrey showcase: chasing missing albino pigeons, rescuing a pampered shiatsu, and making high speed getaways, this all works because it is Ace Ventura, a hilarious, live-action cartoon character who spouts one-liners like an M-16.
The premise of the film is that the Miami Dolphin's team mascot, Snowflake the dolphin, has been captured and needs to be found in time for the Super Bowl. Ace is hired and the sexy Courtney Cox is made his partner until the dolphin is recovered. With an assortment of funny situations like Ace falling into a great white shark tank (!), a montage of Ace searching for a missing jewel, Ace head banging in a CANNIBAL CORPSE concert, it's all gold, and as you have read, Ace is what drives this film into comedy genius!
It was a busy and successful year for Jim Carrey, as he came out with another pair of comedy blockbusters, the LOOSELY translated Dark Horse comic THE MASK, and his hilarious buddy comedy with Jeff Daniels, DUMB and DUMBER.
Thanks to Tom Shadyac for letting Carrey out of the bag and letting this damn funny Canadian strut his lanky stuff.
It has some offensive, adult-oriented material, but if caught on television, this is nearly perfect family entertainment: as long as you don't mind your kids talking from their a$$es for the next couple months.
While his later films are good, Ace Ventura is the best of all. Jim Carrey brings his now famous style of acting to the screen. Ace is the kind of guy who you never know what he's going to do next, and that is what makes him so funny. The plot is not the best one out there and the actors in this one are not the best, but this movie is not for intelligent plots and famous actors. It's a whacky comedy that made Jim Carrey a star. The movie is not bad, not at all. Why people think that is just odd and strange. Guess there is no appreciation for good movies these days.
Undeniably juvenile, but funny and entertaining comedy stars Carreyin his breakthrough roleas a goofy, wildly eccentric pet detective hired to find the missing Miami Dolphins mascot. He's the right man for the job but his childish idiosyncrasies, uncanny bond with animals, and aberrant investigative techniques cause outsiders to question whether or not he can actually make good on his word. Aimed mostly at fans who really enjoy silly humor, others will quickly find it tiresome. There are some amusing cameos by real Dolphin football players (including an engaging Dan Marino) but this film belongs to Carrey and his constant outrageousness. Sure-fire entertainment for fans of this genre. **½
I thought this movie was the best movie Jim Carrey has ever did. It had
me and my whole family laughing non-stop! No one could have done this
movie the way Jim did. I could go on for hours about how great it is. I
could watch it every day! I would give it a perfect 10! The acting in
his movie was great. And Courtney Cox did an amazing job as Melissa!
She's such an talented and amazing actress!
One of the funniest lines: Melissa: Did you have any trouble getting in? Ace Ventura: No, the guy with the rubber glove was surprisingly gentle.
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
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.
Now, these movies can't be taken too seriously. The storyline is silly,
the dialog is silly and the concept is silly, with one extraordinary
exception: Jim Carrey, who, in contrast, uses his extremely intelligent
wit and hugely humorous body actions to make this movie what it is,
The fact is, this mans arguably a genius, he made a possibly average, run-of-the-mill, 'straight to TV' comedy into an all-time classic. You can switch your brain off and literally laugh yourself to tears watching the scenes in which he acts in. He CARRIES this movie, no doubt and his performance in this is extremely underrated. Being one of his first major roles and to actually manage to single-handedly make this movie what it is with his sheer brilliance at being a comedian-actor, well, it should not be overlooked.
But of course, it has it's flaws. The fact is, the scenes without Carrey (Albeit, they're not many of them) really just shows this movie doesn't have much else going for it besides the man himself. Many of the other actors/actresses (Including Courtney Cox) just aren't funny. But this movie, in my opinion, deserves an 8, because it's just really showcasing Jim Carreys excellence. Watch it and believe me, you'll get hooked!
Jim Carrey is a wonder actor. His performance in the box-office
blockbuster 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' is worth immense praise. The
Golden-Globe Award Winner delivers hilariously in this
slapstick-comedy, that is full of double-meaning jokes & over-the-top
sequences. As a film, it works and manages some truly funny moments,
but it's Carrey who makes this film a must watch.
'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective': Synopsis: A goofy detective specializing in animals, goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.
'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective' is meant for those who like slapstick-comedies. This cult-classic is not meant for the pseudo intellectuals at all. Reason? The Over-The-Top sequences, and the unexpected digs at transsexuals, will surely not attract them. I, how-ever, had a good laugh and I mainly credit Carrey for it. He is fantastic as the Ace Ventura and in many ways, he immortalizes him.
In terms of screenplay, there is not much to say, apart from the fact, that it is true to the genre it follows. Tom Shadyac's Direction captures Ace Ventura's journey, most convincingly. Cinematography, Editing, Art Design & Costume Design, are worth a mention.
On the whole, Watch it, but only, if you have the stomach for it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Let it be known that Jim Carrey is a comic madman. He may not be the
smartest cat on the stage, but there's no question that his act,
especially in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," is the real deal.
Director Tom Shadyac saw fit to put the Man with the Rubber Face, later The Man on the Moon, in his own starring vehicle with this comedy hit from 1994. I've never laughed so hard in my life; that was from the first time I saw it. I saw "Shaun of the Dead" 10 years after Carrey's vehicle; that was another time when I laughed myself silly.
Sure, the humor is immature from time to time. But that's part of Carrey's act, as the colorful gumshoe of the title, who takes on the case of retrieving the Miami Dolphins' prized mascot, Snowflake, after it's stolen from its tank one night. Of course, as the title would lead you to believe, Ace Ventura is no ordinary detective. "I don't do humans," he asserts to us. His specialty is pets. It's hard out there for pet detectives, since it's a field that nobody takes too seriously, except Ace, that is. So when he gets the call for duty, he's all over the case.
His investigation pairs him with Melissa Robinson ("Friends" Courteney Cox), and the two uncover some startling details about the Miami team's history, and one of its most controversial players, who missed the field goal kick at the 1984 Super Bowl that would have won the game and blames Dan Marino for the whole thing. That player hasn't been seen since. Meanwhile, Ace runs afoul of Miami police department lieutenant Lois Einhorn (Sean Young), who seriously needs to take a chill pill and is hiding something more than just a gun under her skirt.
"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" is a comic tour de force. Of course Carrey has done plenty of better things since this flick, but for commercial purposes, so let's just leave that in the future. Ace Ventura is something that only he could have done, and made it work. Sure his methods are "unusual," but hey, he gets the job done.
I wonder if this flick helped to spark interest in a new law enforcement field?
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