Ace Ventura: Pet Detective-1994

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective-1994

Director-Tom Shadyac

Starring-Jim Carey, Courtney Cox

Scott’s Review #106


Reviewed July 12, 2014

Grade: D-

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a silly comedy from 1994 starring Jim Carey as a goofy private investigator specializing in pet rescue. He is fairly inept, but is hired by the Miami Dolphins to find their stolen mascot. The film is ridiculous on almost every level- bad clichés, bad acting, mostly by the football players, and a dumb plot.

The saving grace of the film is Jim Carey who defined goofy, slapstick film star of the 1990’s and, although over-the-top, is actually quite funny with his weird gestures and absurd mannerisms. If the writing were only slightly better- think Dumb and Dumber or The Mask, this film would have been almost enjoyable, but it pushes the definition of dumb fun just a little too far and sooner rather than later becomes convoluted and tedious.

A cameo appearance by Dan Marino, obviously a poor actor, just made this move seem sad and desperate. Sean Young is appealing as the villain.

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