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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa.

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Derrick McCane (as Thomas Grunke)
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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 <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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The great plains of Africa, the cradle of civilization. A place where there exists a balance between nature and man. So ancient, so sacred, no man would dare to disturb it. No man but Ace Ventura. See more »


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

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10 November 1995 (USA)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$108,360,000 (USA)
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Jim Carrey spent a lot of time off sick, which affected the contract of actor Simon Callow. Callow's contract had actually expired before he could finish filming his scenes. Despite this, he wasn't paid overtime as Carrey's illness was regarded as an "Act of God" in the contract. Which Carrey himself claims as "unfair". Since Callow already had other commitments in London, the producers suggest he flew back regularly in first-class, as the contract had stated. It wasn't until later that Callow found out that the producers were deducting the cost of his plane tickets from his overall salary. In his words he "finished up working almost for nothing". See more »

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The jeep that Ace drives into the jungle loses many body parts, but they are soon back on the car. See more »

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[first lines]
Helicopter Pilot: Negative. No sign. Wait a second, I think I got him.
Ace: You know you could poke somebody's eyes out with that thing.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Quintet in E Major, Op.13(11) No. 5, G275, 3rd movement
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Composed by Luigi Boccherini
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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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