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Ace Ventura (DVD) Review

Jim Carrey's breakout role, Ace Ventura is one of the funniest films of the 1990s. Written by the former In Living Color writer himself, the film centers around an oddball kook of a lead character who investigates missing pets. If you enjoy Jim Carrey's brand of humor (and it's not for everyone), then you'll love Ace Ventura. A bit more mainstream than Dumb And Dumber, it's less ridiculous in concept (with the exception of a man employed as a pet detective). If you know how to laugh, then you'll be hard-pressed to avoid doing so while watching Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

Jim Carrey stars in the role of Ace Ventura, a Miami-based "pet detective" who has an unusual ability to relate to animals of every kind. For the most part, Carrey spends his days searching for lost and stolen pets. But when the Miami Dolphin mascot turns up missing, the Dolphin front office enlists Ventura's aid in finding the culprit.

With the help of Dolphins employee Melissa Robinson (Courteney Cox) and law enforcement buddy Emilio (Tone Loc), Ace searches the whole of Miami in an effort to recapture the kidnapped dolphin. But along the way, he butts heads with Miami PD Lt. Lois Einhorn (Sean Young). When Ace discovers that the master criminal is a former member of the last Dolphins championship team, he must uncover the person's identity if he hopes to find the mascot (leading to one of the more hilarious sequences in the film, when Carrey follows around the former players, searching for a ring with a missing stone). However, the stakes of the investigation are raised when the same perpetrator kidnaps Dan Marino before the Super Bowl. Now, it's up to Ace Ventura to save the football season for the Miami Dolphins.

Long before his other starring roles, Jim Carrey burst onto the Hollywood radar with this cult classic smash hit. Ace Ventura is utterly ridiculous, but the movie thrives on the back of Carrey's unique talents. Not since Robin Williams has a comedian of such limitless energy and ability hit the big screen. Ace Ventura showcases the best of Carrey's talents and accurately embodies (he wrote it) his realm of humor. The constant antics of the film's hero make for good comedic exchange between Carrey and Young as their two characters battle against each other.

Strange and over-the-top, Ace Ventura hit the big screen as a unique oddity that many have since attempted to replicate. But few actors have the multi-faceted talents of Jim Carrey, and that makes Ace Ventura a rare film indeed. Unlike Wayne's World, this is one 1990s comedy that hasn't lost its comedic luster with the passing of time. It's just as funny today as when first released - if not more hilarious. It's this timeless quality of its comedy that makes Ace Ventura: Pet Detective a definite must-see film.

Submitted by:

Britt Gillette

Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find more reviews like this one. Source: http://thedvdreport.blogspot.com/2006/02/ace-ventura-dvd.html


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