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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 4 February 1994 (USA)
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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.

Director:

Tom Shadyac

Writers:

Jack Bernstein (story), Jack Bernstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox ... Melissa Robinson
Sean Young ... Lt. Lois Einhorn
Tone Loc ... Emilio (as Tone Lõc)
Dan Marino ... Dan Marino
Noble Willingham ... Riddle
Troy Evans ... Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine ... Woodstock
Udo Kier ... Ron Camp
Frank Adonis ... Vinnie
Tiny Ron Tiny Ron ... Roc
David Margulies ... Doctor
John Capodice ... Sgt. Aguado
Judy Clayton ... Martha Mertz
Bill Zuckert ... Mr. Finkle
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Storyline

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further... He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why? Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for off-color humor and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,115,105, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$72,217,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$107,217,396
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV) | (Extended Version)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

Goofs

During the scene where Jim Carrey plays the football scene in "instant replay" in the waiting room of "Shady Acres Mental Hospital" you can actually see Courtney Cox laughing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ace Ventura: Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!
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Crazy Credits

At the beginning of the end credits, Ace can be heard saying Tone, put that big ass size 13 on and kick it for the homies." See more »

Alternate Versions

Many scenes added in the T.V. version add missing essential story elements, making the rest of the picture more understandable. These include:
  • A scene in a bar in Ray Finkle's hometown.
  • Ace gets up on stage with the band Cannibal Corpse during the concert and sings.
  • Ace attempts to extract information crucial to locating the bar from a distraught gas station attendant.
  • Ace calls Emilio from the mental hospital and an elderly resident imitates him. Ace takes Melissa home after they leave the mental hospital and she kisses him goodnight.
  • Ace visits his hippie friend again and tries find out a connection between Einhorn and Finkle looking at their credit report. Also, Ace phones Emilio from the Mental Hospital to tell him about Finkle and Einhorn.
  • Near the end, Ace commands Snowflake to steal Einhorn's gun. Ace then tries to command Snowflake to give the gun to him, but the dolphin gives it back to Einhorn instead.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
Written by Lalo Schifrin
Courtesy of TVT RECORDS
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User Reviews

 
A surprisingly dark and layered mystery runs underneath all the wacky comedy.
11 April 2018 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

For all of Carrey's wacky antics and the, at times, overbearingly silly tone of the piece, there's actually a really dark, surprisingly layered mystery running through 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)'. This isn't all that unusual for films starring the eccentric but sometimes unsettling star, though, as he tends to pick projects with somewhat of an underlayer to them. It is actually this rather accomplished piece of storytelling that cements the flick as one much better (despite some problematic moments later on) than the 'stupid, vulgar comedy' some critics have 'relegated' it to being. That said, the flick still is funny and the laughs are the primary focus, though here they aren't quite as intense or as cohesive with the concept as in some of Carrey's other work. We're asked to root for, and tolerate, an undeniably over-the-top and abrasive main character, and that can be difficult at times. It's certainly not impossible, however, and the flick is usually a good time throughout with plenty of laughs and a decent plot, to boot. 7/10


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