Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)


Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa. (IMDb)
With a lifeless whodunit plot, no notable secondary characters, and an uncomfortable amount of African culture stereotyping (the tangential scene with the Wachootoo being the worst example), only Carrey’s rambunctious animal-lover makes this worth watching. Fortunately, he’s in every scene, and while they don’t always hit their mark (his trademark lines often feel forced), many are gems (see his confrontation with fox-fur lady), with his bombastic physical comedy impossible not to appreciate.
6.5/10 (Alright)

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)


A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team. (IMDb)
The titular character is undoubtedly the highlight here; outrageous facial expressions and bodily movements combine with huge hair, Hawaiian shirts, a quick wit, and savvy sleuthing skills to make one of Carrey’s most entertaining personas. The hilarious Ventura and his animal friends join some cocky cops, a ravishing reporter, and quarterback Dan Marino in this wacky but surprisingly well-crafted sports-tinged mystery that’s a lot of fun to watch.
7/10 (Good)