Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
What parents need to know
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?