Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 American comedy film starring Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, an animal detective who is tasked with finding the abducted dolphin mascot of the Miami Dolphins football team. The film was directed by Tom Shadyac, who wrote the screenplay with Jack Bernstein and Jim Carrey.
Thomas Peter Shadyac (born December 11, 1958) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and author. The youngest joke-writer ever for comedian Bob Hope, Shadyac is widely known for writing and directing the comedy films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Patch Adams, and Bruce Almighty.
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Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is an eccentric, very unorthodox Miami-based private detective who specializes in retrieving tame or captive animals. He struggles to pay his rent, and is often mocked by the Miami Police Department, led by Lieutenant Lois Einhorn (Sean Young), who finds Ventura insufferable. In one case, he goes in undercover as a slightly overweight delivery man. As he makes his way to his target location he carries a fragile package and carelessly tosses it around for fun. Once arrived, he knocks at the door and poses the package to the Gruff Man who opens. While the man signs for the package, Ace asks to pet his dog at the door and then tells the man the rest of the signing can be taken care of and leaves. Within exiting the building, Ace races to his car as the man notices his dog is still at the door. After yelling at the dog to move from the door the man goes to move the mutt himself but discovers that it was a fake plush toy with a note mocking his foolery. Ace had h...Jim Carrey as Ace VenturaCourteney Cox as Melissa RobinsonSean Young as Lt. Lois Einhorn / Ray FinkleTone Loc as Emilio
Warner Bros. released Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1,750 theaters in the United States and Canada on February 4, 1994. The film grossed $12.1 million on its opening weekend, ranking first at the box office and outperforming other new releases My Father the Hero and I'll Do Anything. For its second weekend, it grossed $9.7 million and ranked first at the box office again, outperforming newcomers The Getaway, Blank Check, and My Girl 2. Variety reported of Ace Ventura's second weekend in box office performance, "The goofball comedy defied dire predictions by trackers, slipping just 20% for a three-day average of $5,075 and $ 24.6 million in 10 days." It grossed a total of $72.2 million in the United States and Canada and a total of $35 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $107.2 million. The film's US box office performance led Variety to label it a "sleeper hit". Author Victoria Flanagan wrote that Carrey's performance "generated cult success for the film among adol...
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective received "generally unfavorable" reviews from contemporary critics, according to review aggregator Metacritic, which assessed 14 reviews and categorized six as negative, five as positive, and three as mixed. It gave the film an overall score of 37 out of 100 based on 14 contemporary reviews.The review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 46% based on 52 reviews assessed as positive or negative, with an average rating of 4.5/10. Roger Ebert, reviewing for the Chicago Sun-Times, said, "I found the movie a long, unfunny slog through an impenetrable plot." Ebert described the lead role, "Carrey plays Ace as if he's being clocked on an Energy-O-Meter, and paid by the calories expended. He's a hyper goon who likes to screw his mouth into strange shapes while playing variations on the language."James Berardinelli said, "The comic momentum sputters long before the running time has elapsed." Berardinelli said of Carrey that he "uses his rubber...
Carrey won the 1995 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor for Ace Ventura and The Mask.
Since the film was released, there has been some discussion over the way in which it portrays transgender people. Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins wrote in Representing Queer and Transgender Identity that mainstream representation of transgender identity at the turn of the 21st century was limited, observing, "The representations that did exist tended to pathologize transgender people as mentally unstable." Perkins said Ace Ventura along with The Crying Gamedepicted "transgender characters as murderous villains". In the book Reclaiming Genders, in a chapter focusing on transgender identity, Gordene O. Mackenzie references Ace Ventura as an example of turn-of-the-century films that "illustrate the transphobia implicit in many popular US films". Mackenzie describes the scene in which Ace Ventura retches in the bathroom, following the revelation that the woman he had kissed is trans, as "one of the most memorable and blatantly transphobic/homophobic scenes". In The New York Timesin 2016, F...
In October 2017, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group announced plans to reboot several films from its library, including Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Its president David Robinson said Morgan Creek's plan was not to simply remake the film, but to do a follow-up in which Ace Ventura passes the mantle to a new character, such as a long-lost son or daughter.
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- Family and Ace Irwin Ventura Jr.
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Ace Ventura is a fictional character created by Canadian screenwriter Jack Bernstein. Ace was performed by Jim Carrey in the films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, released in 1994, and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, released in 1995, and was voiced by Michael Daingerfield in the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective television series.
Ace is a Miami-based private detective specializing in the retrieval of missing animals, the son of Rex Ventura and descendant of such as "Ernest Ventura Shackleton" and "Jacques Ventura Costeau". It is not known whether the animated television series was contiguous with the feature-films; but if it was it may take place before them because the only one of his pets to appear in the series is his capuchin monkey, Spike. His eccentricities make him a laughing stock to the Miami-Dade Police Departm
By the events portrayed in Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective, it is established that after resolving his case in Africa, Ace returned to Miami and started a family. He married Melissa and they had a son, Jr.. But Ace has disappeared somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, and never appears in the film itself. However, Ace Jr. inherited his ability to discern trouble, which he must rely on when he must assist in finding his classmates' pets along with the missing animals and clear his mother's name when
Ace Ventura is an eccentric self-styled "pet detective" who forsook regular police work to concentrate on this latter pursuit. Like other fictional detectives, he is notable for extraordinary powers of observation and deduction; and on at least one occasion, he has managed to escape being shot by catching a bullet in his teeth. Ventura's eccentricities include his persistent vulgarity and exceedingly flamboyant behaviour; despite this, he is a dedicated detective, driven by an insatiable adorati
In the episode "The Aceman Cometh" of The Mask: Animated Series, when Milo, the pet dog of Stanley Ipkiss, was stolen by Dr. Pretorius, Ipkiss calls Ace for help. Both Ipkiss/the Mask and Ace Ventura were the animated versions of characters portrayed by Jim Carrey himself. The crossover continued in the Ace Ventura: Pet Detective episode "Have Mask, Will Travel", in which Ace accidentally wears the mask on his buttocks, which assumes a face similar to his own and gains the ability to speak, sugg
Ace was ranked the 59th Greatest Movie Character in a November 2008 list by Empire Magazine. Despite his popularity, he was also voted one of the most annoying film characters ever in a British online poll.
Feb 04, 1994 · Directed by Tom Shadyac. With Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc. A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.
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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more.
- Jim Carrey was not the first choice. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role, but the part of Ace Ventura was offered to 80s movie star and all round good guy Rick Moranis, star of Ghostbusters and Spaceballs, who turned the role down.
- The role was originally very different. The role of Ace Ventura was originally written as a bumbling idiot who was totally inept at his job, and this is the role that Rick Moranis was originally offered and declined.
- The casting changed the role. It was not until Jim Carrey was cast as Ace Ventura that the character was changed to be more like the one that was seen in the final movie.
- Carrey struggled with the role. At the start, Jim Carrey struggled to get in to the role, and when reading through the script found it hard to get in to the personality of the character he was set to portray.
Pet detective Ace Ventura (Carrey) is assigned to track down Snowflake, 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
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is a 1995 American detective comedy film and the sequel to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. The second entry in the Ace Ventura franchise. Jim Carrey reprises his role as the title character Ace Ventura, a detective who specializes in retrieval of tame and captive animals, and has been summoned to Africa to locate a missing bat, which happens to be the one creature he despises. Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, and Sophie Okonedo co-star. Tommy Davidson, who co-starred with Ca
In the Himalayas, after a failed rescue mission results in a raccoon falling to its death, Ace Ventura succumbs to severe depression and joins a Tibetan monastery. Once he has recovered, he is approached by Fulton Greenwall, a British correspondent working for a provincial consulate in the fictional African country of Nibia. Because Ace is a liability for the monastery, the Grand Abbot gives Ace excuses to justify his departure, and sends him off with Greenwall. Greenwall is subjected to Ventura
Filming began under Tom DeCerchio, who later directed Celtic Pride.[better source needed] Because of the success of the first film, Morgan Creek Entertainment Group gave lead-actor Jim Carrey the power to decide the director. In April 1995, Carrey had DeCerchio replaced with Stev
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is a 1995 soundtrack on this film by composer Robert Folk.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was released on November 10, 1995.
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