Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Release year: 1994
Director: Tom Shadyac
Screenwriters: Jack Bernstein, Tom Shadyac, Jim Carrey
Starring: Jim Carrey, Courtney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc, Dan Marino, Udo Kier, Noble Willingham, Troy Evans, Frank Adonis
If there has been a murder you call the police, if you loose a pet you call… Ace Venture: Pet Detective! When the dolphine Snowflake, mascot to football team The Miama Dolphins, right before the Super Bowl, Ace Ventura is contacted to recover the lost animal. As the goofy detective digs deeper he discovers the case is about much more than a kidnapped pet.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is perhaps best known as the movie that made a star out of Jim Carrey and starting him of on a winning strike that continued with mega comedy hits The Mask (1994) and Dumb and Dumber (1994) and it is certainly hard to imagine anyone else but the rubber-faced Carrey as the animal-loving detective. As a true underdog, Ventura stands out like a sore thumb when dealing with lost dog-cases, a constant joke to the ‘real’ police. But the joke is always on the audience-friendly underdog as he again and again shows himself superior, proving different doesn’t mean stupid. The story is funny but made hilarious by the great talent Carrey has for physical comedy and catch-phrases like ‘loo-hoo-ser-her’ and ‘all righty then’ became a plague throughout the following time. The humour of Ace Ventura still holds today making it a movie ready to become a true comedy classic for generations to come. All righty then!
In Inside the Actors Studio: Jim Carrey (2011), Jim Carrey recounted that he asked Anthony Hopkins to dinner and discovered that his approach to Ace Ventura was the same as Hopkins’ to Hannibal Lecter: they moved like animals. Carrey based Ventura’s movement on birds and Hopkins based Lecter’s movements on reptiles. Carrey confessed that Hopkins was becoming Hannibal Lecter right at the table.
Picture copyrights: Morgan Creek Productions