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Total Crap: 8.62%

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
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by EricDSnider

"Remember this movie? No, I didn't think so."
2 stars

Sequels are rarely good, and "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" is a reminder that it's even harder to do a good sequel when the original didn't have much to it in the first place.

"Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" benefitted from Jim Carrey's rubber-faced mannerisms and animated delivery. The question of how long such one-dimensional antics can be entertaining is answered in the sequel, which seems so slight, forgettable and uninspired that one is apt to forget Ace Ventura was once a truly amusing character.

This time around, Ace is called in to find the religious mascot of a particular African tribe. The idol's disappearance has threatened to cause a war between two rival tribes, and some wealthy businessmen have an interest in preserving peace. Some of them, it would seem, also have an interest in promoting war.

Steve Oedekerk both wrote and directed the film, and his directorial style suggests he lacks confidence in his writing. Many lines, as written, are quite clever and funny. They are ruined, though, by Carrey's over-delivery. It's as if Oedekerk feared the words he wrote wouldn't get laughs on their own, so as a last-ditch effort, he had Carrey go over-the-top with everything.

Why merely SAY a line when you can shout it, sing it or pantomime it? Why convey an emotion through delivery or facial expressions when you can dance around foolishly? Why practice subtlety and comedic timing when you can smack people in the head with a sledgehammer?

Why, indeed. Though the film grossed more than $100 million in the United States, no further sequels ever appeared. Maybe this was due to Carrey's emerging status as a superstar who wanted to do other, bigger things. But I'd like to pretend it's because everyone involved felt a secret shame at producing such an inferior, worthless film that they chose never to speak of it again.

Please allow me to continue with this delusion, as it makes me happy.

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User Comments

5/01/17 Jeff Wilder If the original was a one-joke stretched past the breaking point, this one is a no joke one 2 stars
11/04/09 JD collin If you didn't enjoy this movie and laugh through it there is somthing worng with u 5 stars
8/17/09 Quigley Too much stupidity on display to ever come close to attempt watching again. 1 stars
3/22/08 Pamela White cute but stupid hard to watch but can't turn it off 2 stars
9/23/07 efilm critic sucks critics are retarded this movie is gnarly 4 stars
8/03/07 Elizabeth it is 1 of the best movies i have evr seen & 1 of the funniest i luv jim carey 2 he is like 5 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer Could PET DETECTIVE get any funnier...? OH, HELL YEAH! FAvorite JIM flick! 5 stars
3/02/06 chris f exellent movie 5 stars
8/20/05 ES The cliffhanger scene with the racoon was great 4 stars
5/27/05 tony great sequel! 3 stars
5/03/05 Jeff Anderson "And you must be the Monopoly guy. Thanks for the free parking." Funny, funny stuff!!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/13/05 Indrid Cold Mostly a groaner, but the fake rhino scene is classic. 3 stars
2/16/05 mathieu corbeil carrière you're all wrong, it worth 5 stars 5 stars
9/04/04 T.B. The Best Comedy! 4 stars
6/12/04 Chris Sicignano this movie ruled 5 stars
3/13/04 Aaron DeMoss This is a very funny stupid movie! 5 stars
1/17/04 Ray NZ True that sequels are often disapointing, but it's worth watching just to see Jim. 4 stars
1/03/04 J Even funnier than the first one! *** 1/2 5 stars
12/07/03 Monster W. Kung The whole thing wore thin already. 2 stars
11/24/03 Gi Gi HA, funniest movie 5 stars
11/24/03 Samuel Just as funny as the origional... 5 stars
9/03/03 Dawn A couple of decent gags, but mustly, it made me weep. 2 stars
8/10/03 Ace This movie rules!!!! 5 stars
8/05/03 Steve S If you want subtle humor, this movie is not for you. The reviewer above has no clue however 5 stars
6/22/03 cochese One word - Sequel 1 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper AKA "Carrey's Contractual Film" and the plot and acting prove it. Awful stuff. 1 stars
10/16/02 Charles Tatum Hopefully, a third Ace is not forthcoming 3 stars
8/08/02 Nevz This film is very shallow. "For The Kids" 2 stars
4/01/02 Joe Schulz "It's a get away from her bitch" Kind of movie 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver Stupid fun. Not very redeeming...but hey! We're talking about Jim Carrey. 4 stars
2/13/02 Phil M. Afficianado Stupid sequel that is so boring I fell asleep 3 times. Lacks the freshness of the original 2 stars
2/12/02 Cat Alright Not Great 3 stars
2/08/02 Valerie Cameron superior sequel - someone tell Carrey he's better as Ace than as Truman or the Grinch! 4 stars
1/18/02 David A. A big disappointment. Hopefully the 3rd ACE will be more like the original 2 stars
11/24/01 daniboy kim carrey is one of the best actors of his time. but this still sucks ass 1 stars
11/17/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well its a change from the original???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/23/01 Henry Ginsberg The bit with the slinky was hilarious,but after a while it got a bit boring. 4 stars
9/18/01 Butterbean Beautifully stupid. Just like the first one. 5 stars
9/15/01 Tara Lenom The funniest movie EVER!!! 4 stars
8/26/01 Lechuza Jim Carrey makes you laugh. He annoys you sometimes, but he does funny stuff more often 4 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk Despite a few hilarious moments, this one was in no way as good as the first. 3 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa Not as good as the first, but still pretty good. 3 stars
6/30/01 Marijan Srdic Ace Ventura 1 was better! 5 stars
4/30/01 Steph Williams Oh I loved it! Its stupid, sure, but drop dead hilarious! Beats the 1st hand down! 5 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin Shamelessly silly 2 stars
6/01/00 danilo this movie is just drop-dead funny. much better than the 1st 5 stars
4/07/00 SID I loved this when I was twelve, but it really is pretty awful. Carrey's worst. 2 stars
3/28/00 Richard Wright Some funny bits are overshadowed by the many lame parts. More LAUGHS next time eh, Carrey? 2 stars
3/09/00 David Rogers Better than the first, but pretty dumb. 3 stars
4/20/99 Lucas jackson This movie was fucking stupid 2 stars
4/07/99 Cool Thing Weak all over. Weak direction, weak theme, weak writing, waste of time. 2 stars
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  10-Nov-1995 (PG-13)
  DVD: 05-Sep-2006


  02-Feb-1996 (PG)

Directed by
  Steve Oedekerk

Written by
  Steve Oedekerk

  Jim Carrey
  Ian McNeice
  Simon Callow
  Maynard Eziashi
  Bob Gunton
  Sophie Okonedo

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