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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective



Skip it unless you love Carrey's gross-out humor.
  • Review Date: July 15, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1994
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The women in the movie serve little purpose beyond sex and cleavage. Lots of tasteless humor: gay jokes, jokes about people with mental illness, bathroom humor.


A fist fight between a man and a woman, with some blood. A man jumps off his penthouse balcony and is killed. People fall off cars and balconies and into shark-infested fish tanks. Several gunshots. A shot of sharks with sharp teeth.


Implied oral sex; bed-rattling sex hidden under covers. Lengthy shot of a man's bare bottom.


Infrequent extreme language and occasional mild profanities. A rude finger gesture.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, despite this comedy's seemingly innocent title, its bathroom humor and sexual content can be offensive. Dramatic kids might spend days imitating star Jim Carrey's wildly exaggerated mannerisms. Some teens may enjoy the so-called humor and insist on seeing it, but parents might want to watch with them.

What's the story?

When the Miami Dolphins' mascot is kidnapped one week before the Super Bowl, team assistant Melissa (Courteney Cox) brings in pet detective Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) to solve the case. Sporting a loud shirt and roller coaster hairdo, the wacky detective immediately begins an investigation, eventually unearthing a mystery involving a vengeful football player who once played for the Dolphins. Ace must race the clock when he realizes that star player Dan Marino (as himself) is in danger.

Is it any good?


Without Carrey, this comedy would add up to a perfect zero. Ace revolves around Carrey's talent for contorting his face. On display, he mugs and writhes incessantly, shamelessly, for his audience. Director Tom Shadyac indulges his antics and butt-cheek ventriloquism, mindful not to put anything in the way--like a plot--that might distract from his prize performer. Unfortunately, the talents of Sean Young and Courteney Cox are squandered here. Parents might be misled by the seemingly innocent movie title, and should be aware that the bathroom humor and sexual content can be offensive. They should be further warned that dramatic kids might spend days imitating Carrey's wildly exaggerated mannerisms.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the why this kind of "stupid humor" appeals to audiences. Why do different people find different things funny? How does this movie compare to Jim Carrey's other comedies? Families can also discuss the history of physical comedy. How does this movie's humor differ from that of the Three Stooges, and how is it similar?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 4, 1994
DVD release date:August 26, 1997
Cast:Courteney Cox, Jim Carrey, Sean Young
Director:Tom Shadyac
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:off-color humor and some nudity.

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Adult Written bygreen_goblin November 7, 2008

So funny

I don't think it's OK for kids at all.
Parent Written bytennessegirl14 November 27, 2010

Funny Hahahah

I Liked this movie a whole lot! Idk why its gettin such bad reviews!! this is a classic Jim Carrey movie(and i Luvs him so maby that's y) with crude humor yes but still funny! I think they drop the f bomb a few times but but besides that i believe this is an all around FUNNY movie! A must watch for Carrey fans!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bycarolbee1@comca... September 10, 2010
I watched this with my 10 year old son, and I should have turned it off. Instead we fast-forwarded through all the inappropriate scenes. I did not expect the explicit, sexually inappropriate humor in a PG-13 movie. Sorry, call me a prude, but even for teenagers it's just not appropriate. There is one scene where Jim Carrie and Courtney Cox are having rambunctious sex under the covers. There is no skin, but that does not matter (!), the scene is sooo explicit. There is also a scene where a woman asks Ace if she can reward him by pulling down his pants, and she does! I thought this movie should have been rated R.
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Too much sex


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