Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

February 4th, 1994


Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.7/10 (94,662 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Tom Shadyac

Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young

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?

Writers: Jack Bernstein, Jack Bernstein

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

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

Release Date: 4 February 1994

Filming Locations: Compton Apartments - Washington Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $72,217,000 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey: (TV version)

Did You Know?

Lauren Holly turned down the role played here by Courteney Cox but co-starred with Jim Carrey in Dumb & Dumber later in the year.

Continuity: When Ace enters the outside door near the pool at Ronald Camp's home, the outside and inside shots are very mismatched. A large plant can clearly been seen in the hallway opposite the doorway from outside is missing on the inside shot, and on the inside shot when Ace slams the door there was obviously no actual door there; Ace was just miming a slamming gesture.

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

User Review

Aaaaaaaaaaalriiiiiiiighty Then!!!!!!

Rating: 10/10

I'm guessing that everybody knows the story of this movie by now, but for those who might not have had the opportunity to see this great movie, it's quite a simple formula. The Miami Dolphins mascot is stolen and by word-of-mouth advertising Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is called into manic action. His job is to find the dolphin and return it before The Miami Dolphins' crucial game.

Jim Carrey is quite simply amazing, I never stopped laughing the whole way through the movie. This is surely Carrey's best work, even now. OK, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask are very funny movies too, but this takes the biscuit. Everything Ace does made me laugh, from whipping football player's with a towel to get a ring imprint to showing up at a mansion party and being his usual manic self.

100 laughs per hour, if you have a sense of humour, then this movie is for you!!!


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