Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. (2009 TV Movie)
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You get the drift. Canned acting by all and corny brain-rotting jokes and gags written by morons that assume that all kids must be morons. Here's a joke: What do you get when you cross a rhesus monkey with Reese's Pieces? A Rhesus Pieces monkey! That stupid and cheesy joke best describes the humor in this movie. So if you found that joke funny you'll love this film. If not then stay far away. Do not let these greedy Follywood executives have the last laugh or the jokes on you... literally. HEE HEE HEE, HAW HAW HAW, HARDY HAR HAR!!!
And that was just the beginning, the film came out on DVD and as curious as i am, i went and got it... and that was most likely the biggest mistake of my life.
From beginning to end, i felt like i was being tortured yet i couldn't look away... i couldn't believe my eyes... i couldn't believe what the f*ck they just did to Ace Ventura!
OMG! How could they? How dare they? Is it a crime to want to viciously murder a youth?
This has to be THE SINGLE WORST movie ever made, how do you turn a classic thing like Ace Ventura into this monstrosity of a film? The kid ((Blood boils just thinking about him)) Who in their right minds thought the kid could act? He needs putting down, who thought this eye gougingly terrible script held even one bit of mirth? Who even thought that this film was a good idea to start with?
I need to go see a shrink as watching this film has completely destroyed my faith in humanity, it has taken my will to live. Please heed my warning, if you see this film in the bargain bins at your local video store, buy every copy you can, take them outside, stamp them into tiny pieces and then burn the crumbs, it really is THAT bad :0(
This movie is bad. The director used the well-known brand and adapted it to a kiddy audience. The main actor is trying to imitate Jim Carrey but it is just boring and flat (definetely untalented).
In addition, this film does not introduce anything new. Everything has been enriched by the typical patterns (family problems ble ble ble). It is highly ridiculous, almost at all. Unfortunately, I do not recommend it to anyone.If you saw the previous parts, then stay with them. Ace's son adventures are completely colorless, unfunny. This is one of the most unnecessary sequels ever.
I'll give it 1/10, because I watched earlier "Zack and Miri make a porno" which is awesome.
Watching the first Ace Ventura films, it's easy to say they were at least decent films and hence entitled to the mid-ratings they received. Watching the third installment makes it easy to say it was worth of not only less then what it has (2/10) but the negatives if only it were possible.
The storyline is a watery carbon copy of the other two films (i.e missing animal needs to be found) with nothing new added to it besides a goofy child actor who's performance was abysmal and mindless, childish jokes. The writers seem to have directed the movie only at toddlers. It uses potty humor very heavily and no-one (not even toddlers) would find it appealing. A big mistake by the producers and executives who even approved this waste of money. It's a big disappointment to the Ace Ventura franchise.
This film doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel. It lifts it up and digs right underneath it. To say this film was an abomination would be like saying Hitler's Final Solution was a small error of judgement.
If you're the type of person that likes nipple clamps, thumb-screws and being beaten by a leather clad sadist, then this film might be for you, but then again, maybe there is a pain threshold that's too much even for you? Stay away. You have been warned.
me and my friends watch bad movies for fun. we've seen it all birdemic,the room,manos the hands of fate,spy kids 3 and 4 etc. never have i been so annoyed so disgusted so.....lets put it this way i wanted to stop seeing movies after this good bad i was done with movies after this. from reed Alexander's annoying small role as the "villain" to josh flitter's horrendous role as the "hero" honestly every single thing about this movie is dreadful and unwatchable. bad joke after bad joke(this is Sparta!)a tired bland story etc. annoying is the best word to describe this movie so do yourself a favor and don't watch it it's to late for me but you can still live your life without seeing this. this movie ruined the first 2 for me and for those saying this is a kids movie i ask you why did they make a kids movie out of a movie that wasn't a kids movie? and also kids movies don't have to be stupid and insult their intelligence this film was like a college course in how to be stupid and treat kids like they are stupid. i hope i never see another movie like this again and i hope none of you do either.
Basically it's another one of the many and probably more to come Jim Carrey-less Jim Carrey movie sequels.
This movie wouldn't of been bad if it was it's own title. Like 'Larry Wilkins, Animal Investigator!', but titling this Ace Ventura Jr is gonna bug any Ace Ventura fan. And like most of these movies coming out anymore, Jim Carrey isn't even in this movie. Ace Ventura isn't even in it played by a 3rd rate actor. Instead they fix that by having Ace killed off in a plane accident years before the movie takes place.
Now in this movie, you have Josh Flitter playing Ace Ventura Jr. He's a kid who likes helping animals, like Ace Ventura did. His mother gets onto him constantly through-out the movie for doing this, which she doesn't like and just wants him to be normal. Eventually a panda from the zoo as which his mom works, gets stolen, and his mom get's imprisoned, while Ace Jr tries to solve the mystery and the local authorities not believing anything he says because he's a kid.
Like I said earlier, this would of been an excellent movie for everyone if this wasn't part of the Ace Ventura franchise. Unfortunitly, it is. Through-out the movie, we get Ace Jr spewing forth the original Ace's common caught phrases like 'All Righty then!' all the times this is done, it seems extremely forced. The movie would of been better without any of this. Kid aren't gonna catch the references. Not to mention that anytime someone gets chased or caught by a security guard, they yell out 'DON'T TASE ME BRO!' Kid's won't understand the reference, but the adults who are angry that this movie is part of the Ace Ventura franchise will.
The acting is pretty good, but some of the props and such are terrible. Anyone can tell that the pandas in the movie are fake, especially when someone picks one up and easily carry them away. They look like something right out of a horror film, and could give kids nightmares. Then, in one scene, Laura goes into this lab to copy all the data off a scientist's hard drive, and the animals in the cages are all fake. Matter of fact, you can easily see that these animals are all stuffed and are right out of a hunter's trophy room.
Also the movie is extremely anti-climatic(major spoilers in this section). The movie probably contains only 30 minutes of the main plot. Any other time it's going on about a false lead or bullies at school. At the end you find out that the rich kid's father was behind the famous animal disappearances and the son was behind the student's. Doesn't even end in a semi-decent chase scene. Could of expected a horse chase or bike chase at the end for kids. All that happens is Ace Jr finds these shoes that prove the father is behind everything, Ace Jr calls the cops, cops don't believe him again, then he goes to the stables and frees all the animals, father's arrested, and Ace Jr chases the kid inside to find all the kid's animals and has to pull a koi fish out of an alligator's stomache.
Maybe someday Jim Carrey will make a real Ace Ventura 3, but until then, this isn't a substitute for adults. This is an good movie for kids, but for adults, avoid it cause it'll just make you angry. Maybe in the future they'll stop tacking movies like this onto well established titles (Son of the Mask for example...). This would of been an excellent movie for families if it would of been it's own thing and left the Ace Ventura catch phrases and entire concept out, but no.
4/10 -1 Anti-climatic ending -5 part of the Ace Ventura saga +4 good movie for kids.
That's what "Ace Jr" felt like to me, like an unsophisticated Max Fischer stage play about his favorite Jim Carrey creation. It's a very derivative film that can't decide if it's for kids or not. The writing has the quality of a typical Disney channel sitcom, and brings back all the lines and bits from the original in the most awkward and cringe-inducing ways. I'm not sure if anyone that ends up liking "Ace Jr" would even like the original films; certainly, original fans would grit their teeth through a screening of this.
Nobody watches any "Ace Ventura" for the plot; these movies live and die by the lead. The kid playing "Ace Jr" reminded me more of Jack Black than Jim Carrey, better when he wasn't trying to do Ace Ventura imitations. There's a better movie in him somewhere...
In the "Ace" franchise, it's about as good as an average episode of that Saturday morning cartoon, but weak sauce compared to the Jim Carrey films. If you thought the Ernest films were funny, you'll probably enjoy this. Actually, if you thought Turkish Superman was funny, you might enjoy this, too...
So Ace Jr. lives with his mom (Melissa from 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective) in Orlando, Florida. Melissa works in Gatorland Zoo where Ace Jr. helps out sometimes, often trying to find runaway critters, Ace begins acting more and more like his father, who, according to Melissa, went missing (SPOILERS AHEAD) on a case flying geese back to Miami but flew into the Bermuda triangle and was never to be seen again.
After Melissa is wrongly arrested for stealing a baby panda, Ace Jr's grandfather takes care of him while Melissa is on her way to jail. Grandpa tells Ace who he really is...a PET DETECTIVE! And this actually takes half the film for his to work it out... Of course it all ends happily ever after when Ace finds the real animal-napper.
Now, i am a huge Ace Ventura fan and when watching the movie i had to keep in mind that this is a kids flick. And being that, this movie squeezed everything it could possibly get out of the concept of a kid pet detective (which isn't a lot).
But the awful panda puppets and Ace Ventura impressions let it down a lot... why not just make an Ace Ventura 3 with Ace Ventura? Josh Flitter did do a decent job and his take on Ace wasn't exactly a copy of Jim Carrey (it was no where near in fact) but thats what he was going for i hear.
Overall, i can see why it didn't make it to theaters because it was poorly made, for $7,000,000 i could have made a better film but still it was a kids film and hardcore Ace fans will most likely not like this (if you didn't like Son of The Mask or Dumb and Dumberer the you wont), but i think this tops Son of The Mask by the slightest bit.
Personally, i think kids will love it but adults not so much especially Ace Ventura fans like me.
Part of me feels I shouldn't blast child actors, seeing how inexperienced they often are, but THIS child performer just filled me with disgust. He's not very photogenic - he's kind of dumpy, for one thing. And he's very inconsistent with his performance - sometimes he's channelling Jim Carrey, sometimes he's not. He's not very convincing either way, whether he's spouting lines like, "This is certainly an ironic situation!" or trying to act more down to earth.
But there's a lot of blame to be placed on the writing and direction. There's fart humor and kicks to the crotch, but it's at its worst when trying to imitate Jim Carrey - which is most of the movie. The direction is frequently shoddy, probably due to the low budget. See if you can figure out the panda kidnap sequence, and check out one scene where it's raining in some shots, but NOT raining in other shots.
The lowest of the Ace Ventura movies - and I hated the first two movies.
I can only assume that all the sniffy reviews have come from people that treat the originals as if they're the first two Godfather films or something. I find it odd that people can be so precious over.... ANY film, really, but particularly Ace Ventura.
I gather this went pretty much straight to DVD and was being shown on the cartoon network within a few months of release. Thats pretty much where it belongs - its for KIDS! in the same way that the Ghostbusters cartoons were for kids.
I gave this movie '5' out of ten. I came in expecting an absolute atrocity, expecting (wanting) to witness a real car crash of a film and in that respect i was disappointed. "Dumb and Dumberer" or "Son Of Mask" this is not. And it certainly doesn't deserve a lower rating than Mike Myers "Cat in the Hat".
This is really no worse than "When Nature Calls". And it's primarily for Kids, id say 8-11. Bare this in mind.
* SPOILERS BELOW *
Like in the beginning when he first goes to his crush's house, and she opens the doors with a big smile "hi Ace!" and he immediately screams "OH MY GOD YOU'RE SO PRETTY" I thought that was hilarious... And another one, of the top of my head - when he goes into the house of the rich kid, right after they sneak past the servants - they cut into a long shot of a hallway with a bunch of expensive sh*t - and he manages to wreck all of it, I laughed so hard when he first enters from the right - breaking an expensive vase of some kind.
The only thing that really bothered my was THE RICH KID. That is the lamest excuse for a cool kid any movie has ever made... His voice will haunt my dreams for the next month, along with his attitude, smile and appearance! Is that a man or a woman!?
A feminine man or a mannish woman!?
Not bad acting, but the character makes me wanna grab a fork and scrape the skin off my skeleton.
It gets 4 out of 10 from me - If it wouldn't have had any reference to Ace Ventura, I'd give it 6, but because it does, it drops down to 4.
Noted, I had a vague idea of the Ace Ventura series when I came into the movie. So some of the lines he imitated I found funny. The one when he *Spoiler* gets the rich guy arrested he fakes rolling dice in a cup and then yells "Yatzee!". That cracked a chuckle out of me. Also, the scene where he walks over to the "love interest's" house and when she showed up, he yelled "Oh my go you're so pretty!" wasn't to bad too. This movie is slightly geared toward those animal loving kids out there, and heavily geared towards the "potty humor" crowd of 2nd-4th grade boys.
Plot: Basically none. The kids mom is a zoo keeper and is accused of stealing a Panda (which is clearly automated throughout), so Ace decides to save her by finding the culprit, supported by his friends. There is a bunch of running around and doing nothing for a while, and it feels like the climax comes, but then more stuff happens. For instance *Spoiler*, when Ace is running around destroying everything, you think its about to be over. But then, he has to save the kid's pets too, so it never ends. 2/10
Characters: Stereotyped. You've got the pretty girl, the nerd, the weird scientist, the rich kid etc. They play these roles well, but they are still stereotypes. Ace himself isn't bad in some parts, but is abysmal in others, mostly with his imitations of his "dad". His sidekicks aren't bad though. The girl in particular did a fine job, just being the supportive helper throughout. The nerd is a little unessential, with the lead already being a dork, but I can see why they put it in here. The scientist is the standard person you think is an antagonist but turns out to help the protagonist later character, and that's all he does. The Mom and the Officer are both decent, played by good actors doing the best they can with the stupid roles they have. 6/10
Humor: What brings this down. You HAVE to be a kid to enjoy this. I'm late middle school, and squeezed out a little enjoyment of the humor, but there isn't much. There's the standard fart jokes, BM jokes etc. It contains lots of "Kid Logic" in this, which means it has stuff only kids would believe. Examples: 12 Guards vs. Two kids=Two kids get away and all the guards are left injured, right? If I'm hiding stolen goods, I will have a party AT the place I'm hiding the stuff! And then I'm gonna invite everyone I've stolen stuff from! Also, Ace has got a keeper in that girl, who not only put up with his long string of puns for "poop", but joined in! 1/10
Overall: This is a kids movie. Go into watching this with that in mind, and you'll be fine. Noted, I had been sick for a week before when I watched this, so that might have something to do with this. 4/10
Recommended for: Kids 8-12, Animal Lovers under age 15, Parents that need a break to laugh out their insanity from a day.
Not Recommended for: Ace Ventura Fans, Anyone high school and older without kids in the age group.