I was flipping around on my TV today when I came across this movie. I didn't have anything pressing to do so I figured, hey, why not? It was on Cartoon Network in the middle of the day, so I didn't have high expectations to begin with. But, I watched with an open mind and found a movie that was slightly enjoyable.
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.