Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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Director: Tom Shadyac

Cast: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young

     
 

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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.See more details below

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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).

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The film that marked Jim Carrey's graduation from TV sketch comic to box-office phenomenon, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective had such surprising widespread appeal that it even won over many of those who shook their heads at Carrey's manic antics on Fox's In Living Color. He's none too subtle here, quite literally talking out of his butt ("Do you mind if I ass you a few questions?" is a typical groaner), but his hyperactive willingness to go above and beyond for the laugh soon became Carrey's trademark, and it's exuberantly on display here. The loosey-goosey plot about a kidnapped dolphin keeps the audience in the right frame of mind, and Carrey handles the rest, maliciously manhandling packages while disguised as a delivery man, hiding himself inside an ill-fitting cardboard box, and making a mockery of a home for the insane. It's fitting, of course, that he spends a lot of his time talking to animals -- they meet on level ground, bird brain to bird brain. Sean Young has a lot of fun as the campy villain, and Courteney Cox is appealing as Carrey's love interest. But Carrey is center stage here, and boy, does he take it. The film also marks the directorial debut of Tom Shadyac, who followed with a string of light comedy successes in Liar Liar (also with Carrey), Patch Adams, and The Nutty Professor.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/1994
UPC:
0085392300037
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Ace Ventura
Courteney Cox Melissa Robinson
Sean Young Lois Einhorn
Dan Marino Himself
Troy Evans Roger Podacter
Udo Kier Ronald Camp
Raynor Scheine Woodstock
Anthony Smith Emilio
Noble Willingham Riddle
Frank Adonis Vinnie
Tiny Ron Roc
David Margulies Doctor
Judy Clayton Martha Maxx
Bill Zuckert Mr. Finkle
Alice Drummond Mrs. Finkle
Rebecca Ferratti Sexy Woman
Mark Margolis Mr. Shickadance
Antoni Corone Reporter #1
Randall "Tex" Cobb Miami Dolphins' owner
Florence Mistrot Neighbor
Will Knickerbocker Manager
Gary Munch Director
Terry Miller Assistant Director
John Archie Reporter #3
Don Shula Himself
Scott Mitchell Miami Dolphin
Chris Barnes Thrasher Band "Cannibal Corpses"
John Capodice Aguado

Technical Credits
Tom Shadyac Director,Screenwriter
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Jack Bernstein Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Bogart Co-producer
Courtney Brown Stunts
Jim Carrey Screenwriter
William Elliott Production Designer
Richard Fojo Set Decoration/Design
Joe Hess Stunts
Bob Israel Co-producer
Scott Jacobson Set Decoration/Design
Alan Jordan Stunts
Mike Kirton Stunts
Julio Macat Cinematographer
Ira Newborn Score Composer
Blake Pickett Stunts
Bobbie Read Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Robinson Producer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Don Zimmerman Editor

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