HE’S THE BEST THERE IS! (ACTUALLY, HE’S THE ONLY ONE THERE IS).
Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), a private detective who specializes in retrieving captive animals, is hired to find the Miami Dolphins mascot, who’s been kidnapped. The movie that made Carrey a star does indeed create a memorable character out of the pet detective who looks like he stepped right out of a comic book. Each and every scene has Carrey working like an animal, which is what we need when the story is this thin. A few scattered OK scenes, but the film’s rampant transphobia never looked good.
1994-U.S. 86 min. Color. Directed by Tom Shadyac. Screenplay: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey. Cast: Jim Carrey (Ace Ventura), Courteney Cox (Melissa Robinson), Sean Young (Lois Einhorn), Tone Loc, Dan Marino, Noble Willingham… Udo Kier, Cannibal Corpse.
Trivia: At one point, Rick Moranis was allegedly considered for the lead. Followed by Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), an animated TV series (1995-2000) and a TV movie spin-off, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Jr. (2009).