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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
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The goofy sleuth sets out to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot, Snowflake.
The 1994 box-office hit that turned comedy maniac Jim Carrey into Hollywood's first $20-million man, this gag-filled no-brainer stars Carrey as the titular rubber-faced gumshoe who tracks down lost pets for his heartbroken clients. Ace's latest case involves the apparent kidnapping of the Miami Dolphins' team mascot, Snowflake the dolphin (natch). His investigation is a source of constant aggravation for Miami police lieutenant Lois Einhorn (Sean Young), who turns out to be packing more than a pistol under her skirt. Friends fans will appreciate the presence of Courtney Cox, who remains admirably straight-faced as the Dolphins' publicist and Ace's would-be girlfriend, but of course it's Carrey who steals the show with shameless abandon. One viewing may suffice for a lot of people, but Carrey's hyper antics have made Ace Ventura: Pet Detective one of the bestselling videos of the 1990s. --Jeff Shannon
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Tom Shadyac
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 26 minutes
- Release date : August 26, 1997
- Actors : Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc, Dan Marino
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Bob Israel, Gary Barber, James G. Robinson, Peter Bogart
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : 0790732157
- Writers : Jack Bernstein, Jim Carrey, Tom Shadyac
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,585 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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the mascot of football team The Dolphins before the Superbowl.
Jim Carrey, the man. Whether you love him or hate him you cannot deny
his comic talent. In this 1994 crime comedy he plays a smart crazy pet
detective who has the best catchphrases of any character, of any
comedy, of any film, of anyone, ever.
Opening with a delivery man kicking a package and destroying it with
every step he takes and you feel as if you know this person and you
simply have to love him for it. His character never slackens, always
entertains and gets funnier with every scene. He is a comic master and
he is this film.
Carrey's performance does take the shine off a well written plot. The
script is a great incentive for Ventura to be wacky and spontaneous.
The pursuit of a missing dolphin is interesting, if not quite as
intense as it should be. We see Ventura using his 'skill' and his
'charm' to give the older viewers plenty of laughs where the slapstick
moments are undoubtedly aimed towards younger generations, however
years on it is still as funny as when I was young. The sarcastic yet
sophisticated undertones still remain classic.
Flowing all the way through, this nineties comedy follows the mad
detective in an intriguing investigation. There are lapses in the
majority of modern comedies where the stereotypical hero has to redeem
himself to find the answer and everything is super come the final piece
but there are many twists and turns and a difference in the comic
formulaic style here which gives the film a uniqueness that required
Carrey's special touch. No clichés, stereotypes or cringing romance
sequences that don't shine off the plot, unless you count the atrocious
made for money sequel.
The supporting cast are good enough to add some extra laughs but they
are always standing in Carrey's superior shadow.
Sharp, witty and exceptionally funny, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
justifies the genre and is worth watching whatever age you may be.
This is a great film, and I think is a typical Jim Carrey character in the way he acts, his manerisms etc. and that's what I love about his movies.
There is a genuine story line in this and I think the film and Jim Carrey to a good job at sticking to it and making it obvious with what's going on. There's also many funny moments which don't feel like they've aged too badly.
Definitely worth watching.