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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I didn't think the first movie was any great shakes.
Sure, it had Carrey in it, running amok and mugging and mimicking and making every rude sound a kid would learn by eighth grade. But the story just kept getting in the way.
That's why "When Nature Calls", in my opinion, is much funnier.
The story of securing a sacred bat is neither too intrusive nor annoying and leaves room for gags aplenty.
And Carrey.... Well, he enters a slapstick marathon and wins the gold in every event. I swear the man is made of rubber.
Some of the jokes are pretty gross (the spitting ritual, the "guano" references, etc.) but why should that come as any surprise? Most comedies gear for that kind of humor anymore and, more or less sophisticated, reach the same common denominator: body fluids is funny, dude.
Still, without the fluids and functions, there are still great scenes (Ace's entrance in the dining hall, the monks' reaction to his departure, his behavior at the slide show, his driving habits, his escape from a mechanical rhino) and plenty of opportunities to see Hollywood's most uninhibited comedian use every conceivable part of his body to make us laugh.
I laughed. His work is done.
When this "Nature" calls, answer it.
Nine stars. And remember: do not pass go, do not collect $200.
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