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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

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A goofy detective specializing in animals goes in search of a missing dolphin mascot of a football team.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.7/10 (94,662 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Tom Shadyac

Stars: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young

To be a Pet Detective, you have to understand both the criminals and animals. Ace Ventura goes even further… He behaves like a criminal animal. When a football team's mascot (a dolphin) is stolen just before the Superbowl, Ace Ventura is put on the case. Now, who would want to steal a dolphin, and why?

Writers: Jack Bernstein, Jack Bernstein


Jim Carrey

Ace Ventura

Courteney Cox

Melissa Robinson

Sean Young

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Tone Loc


(as Tone Lõc)

Dan Marino


Noble Willingham


Troy Evans

Roger Podacter

Raynor Scheine


Udo Kier

Ron Camp

Frank Adonis


Tiny Ron


David Margulies


John Capodice

Sgt. Aguado

Judy Clayton

Martha Mertz

Bill Zuckert

Mr. Finkle

He's the best there is! (Actually, he's the only one there is.)

Release Date: 4 February 1994

Filming Locations: Compton Apartments – Washington Avenue, Miami, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000


Gross: $72,217,000

Technical Specs


(TV version)

Did You Know?


Lauren Holly turned down the role played here by Courteney Cox but co-starred with Jim Carrey in
Dumb & Dumber later in the year.


When Ace enters the outside door near the pool at Ronald Camp's home, the outside and inside shots are very mismatched. A large plant can clearly been seen in the hallway opposite the doorway from outside is missing on the inside shot, and on the inside shot when Ace slams the door there was obviously no actual door there; Ace was just miming a slamming gesture.


[first lines]

Ace Ventura:
Heads up! Good defense! Good defense!

User Review

Aaaaaaaaaaalriiiiiiiighty Then!!!!!!

Rating: 10/10

I'm guessing that everybody knows the story of this movie by now, but
for those who might not have had the opportunity to see this great
movie, it's quite a simple formula. The Miami Dolphins mascot is stolen
and by word-of-mouth advertising Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey) is called
into manic action. His job is to find the dolphin and return it before
The Miami Dolphins' crucial game.

Jim Carrey is quite simply amazing, I never stopped laughing the whole
way through the movie. This is surely Carrey's best work, even now. OK,
Dumb and Dumber and The Mask are very funny movies too, but this takes
the biscuit. Everything Ace does made me laugh, from whipping football
player's with a towel to get a ring imprint to showing up at a mansion
party and being his usual manic self.

100 laughs per hour, if you have a sense of humour, then this movie is
for you!!!