ace ventura: pet detective
director: Tom Shadyac (the nutty professor, liar liar)
starring: jim carrey, mary sean young, courtney cox, and dan marino
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of the missing mascot of the Miami Dolphins.
When the dolphin mascot of Miami's NFL team is abducted, Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey), a zany private investigator who specializes in finding missing animals, looks into the case. Soon Miami Dolphins players are kidnapped too, including star player Dan Marino (Dan Marino), making Ace's sleuth work even more pressing. Working with Dolphins representative Melissa Robinson (Courteney Cox), Ace closes in on the culprits, but not before many ridiculous misadventures.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is the film that really put Jim Carrey on the map and confirmed that he was one of the comedic superstars of the mid 90's in Hollywood. Its easy to forget just how absolutely mad Carrey's slapstick comedy was for the times he was in; how incredibly unhinged he appeared.
But you can't help but watch and you can't help but love or hate his style of comedy; there's no middle ground. On re-watching certain aspects would not fly in society now, but its still a zany, crazy adventure worth taking.
Certain aspects of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective wouldn't fly now, but its still a zany, crazy adventure worth taking.