Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1993)



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When your dog, bird, or water-dwelling mammal disappears, who do you call? Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is a low-rent private eye who specializes in recovering lost animals, so when Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins' aquatic mascot, is kidnapped, team representative Melissa Robinson (Courtney Cox) puts Ace on the case. However, Snowflake isn't the only Miami Dolphin who has gone missing; several key members of the team also disappear, including quarterback Dan Marino (who plays himself), who is spirited away while filming a TV commercial. With the Super Bowl only two weeks away, will Ace be able to find Snowflake and the missing athletes in time to salvage the big game? Ace Ventura: Pet Detective was a surprise box office smash and catapulted manic comedian Jim Carrey to stardom. The supporting cast includes Sean Young as ill-tempered Lois Einhorn, Udo Kier as the sinister Ronald Camp, and rapper Tone Loc as Ace's detective pal Emilio (Loc also wrote and performed a song for the closing credits). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for off-color humor and some nudity)
Action & Adventure , Comedy
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Jim Carrey
as Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox
as Melissa Robinson
Sean Young
as Lt. Lois Einhorn
Dan Marino
as Himself
Tone Loc
as Emilio
Noble Willingham
as Don Riddle
Troy Evans
as Roger Podacter
Raynor Scheine
as Woodstock
Udo Kier
as Ronald Camp
Frank Adonis
as Vinnie
Tiny Ron
as Roc
John Capodice
as Aguado
Bill Zuckert
as Mr. Finkle
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Finkle
Judy Clayton
as Martha
Rebecca Ferratti
as Sexy Woman
Mark Margolis
as Shickadance
Henry Landivar
as Burnout
Florence Mistrot
as Neighbor
Robert Ferrell
as Carlson
Gary Munch
as Director
Terry Miller
as Assistant Director
Antoni Corone
as Reporter
Margo Peace
as Reporter
John Archie
as Reporter
Cristina Karman
as Reporter
Tom Wahl
as Reporter
Herbert Goldstein
as Crazy Guy
Chaz Mena
as Another Cop
Manuel L. Garcia
as Dolphin Trainer
Don Shula
as Himself
Scott Mitchell
as Himself
Jeff Uhlenhake
as Himself
Marco Coleman
as Himself
Kim Bokamper
as Himself
Jeff Cross
as Himself
Chris Barnes
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Alex Webster
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Paul Mazurkiewicz Jr.
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Jack Owen
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
Robert Barrett
as Thrasher Band Member - `Cannibal Corpses'
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Critic Reviews for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (10)

Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
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[Carrey's] comic language is made up of accent marks, not characters; instead of inhabiting a scene, he swallows it up and spits it out in manic doodles.

November 8, 2010
New Yorker
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Unlike famous bumbling sleuths such as Inspector Clouseau and Lt. Frank Drebin, there's no consistency to the "Ace" character, and the whole movie shifts in tone from social satire to sophomoric pranks and traditional copshow plotting.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Top Critic

The most obnoxious case of masculine swagger since Andrew Dice Clay, with just a tad of Paul Lynde thrown in for spice, Jim Carrey defies you not to bolt for the exit.

Full Review… | November 8, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Desperate stuff.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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Only a child could love Mr. Carrey's character, but that may be the point. The movie has the metabolism, logic and attention span of a peevish 6-year-old.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

This was Jim Carrey's first official role and launched his brilliant career. He stars as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. "He's the best there is. Actually, he's the only one there is." The mascot of the Miami Dolphins "Snowflake the Dolphin" has been kidnapped. It is Ace's job to find this dolphin. He has help from Courney Cox (Arquette) and Sean Young who has a funny but sick story towards the end. There is also an appearance by legendary Miami Dolphin player Dan Marino (as himself). A hilarious film with wonderful slapstick and cuddly animals thrown in. The best part for me is seeing Ace being thrown about by a shark! Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls followed. Very good! 3 Stars 3-12-98

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Well its entertaining i dont think its as funny as the second and these arent the best movies in the world, just silly light hearted movies to laugh at!

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