Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Farce, Gross-Out Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 10, 1995 (USA)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Karl Williams

Prurient, immature, scatological, and downright dumb, this raucous sequel to the surprise box-office smash that propelled Jim Carrey to stardom succeeds exactly when it takes these excessively juvenile qualities to the extreme. In scenes that feature its rubber-faced hero being "birthed" by a rhino or parodying Cliffhanger (1993), the film blasts viewers with the ferociously manic energy of the filmmakers' glee at their own naughtiness, creating a heady comic buzz. It's too bad that such moments are few and far between in this sloppily manufactured follow-up, which manages at times to sag despite the benefits of Carrey's fervent, breathless performance, with its boring plot about battling African tribes and a white bat that provides exactly one funny guano gag. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls may have made its star a household name, but this series' creators definitely do not possess the funny bones and razor-sharp instincts displayed in the work of Carrey's other frequent collaborators, brothers Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly.