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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy  |  10 November 1995 (USA)
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Pet detective Ace Ventura comes out of retirement to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the symbol of an African tribe.



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Ace Ventura, emerging from self-imposed exile in a remote Himalayan hideaway, travels to Africa with explorer Fulton Greenwall to find a sacred bat which is told will avert a war between with Wachootoo and Wachati tribes. Of course, when Ace gets involved, all hell breaks loose... Written by Jonathan Broxton <>

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ace Ventura Goes to Africa  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


£10,020,831 (UK) (23 February 1996)

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[first lines]
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Eine kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
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Terrific sequel to a terrific comedy
8 April 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

When you hear a really hilarious joke the normal logical reaction would most likely be that you burst into hysterical laughter. Later on when someone tells you the very same joke again something is already different. You don't laugh to it anymore, you just give it a little weary yawn and say: "I've heard that one before". However, there are refreshing exceptions. "Ace Ventura: When nature calls" is one of them because if the joke is good enough and someone can still tell it properly it can be just as funny even though you've heard it once before.

This sequel isn't better than the original but unlike some other IMDb-users I feel that it really isn't much worse either. If you loved "Ace Ventura: Pet detective" I see no sensible reason why you shouldn't love this one as well. Best thing about "Ace Ventura: When nature calls" is the fact that our beloved pet detective has moved right from urban city surroundings deep into the exotic African locations. It would've been a really hard job to figure out perfect settings for the third part of this unholy saga so I'm pretty damn glad they never made it (as far as I understand Carrey refused) because these two flicks are so sensationally good comedies it would have been quite a shame to see how the excellent idea wears out after too much use.

In the mid-90's when Jim Carrey was just becoming a huge superstar I used to consider him just an annoying and overrated jerk. I simply didn't understand him. I guess it isn't always easy to admit that a guy who talks through his arsehole is one of the most talented comedians of our time but in the end it probably tells more about our time than Mr. Carrey. "The Truman show", "Man on the moon" and "The Majestic" has also proofed that Carrey is more than just a gifted comedian, he's a really believable, charming and impressive actor.

Actually I predict that sooner or later when the time is right and he ends up in a right movie he will definitely get his Oscar but it's not coming from something like this that's for sure. Let's face it, if you're not used to Jimmy's humor these movies are not exactly the easiest ones to swallow since the breathtakingly lunatic Ace Ventura is one of the most (if not the most) overdone characters of the whole movie history. But if you give it a try, you may just love it. I can honestly say that I do. This is classic Jim Carrey at his best.

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