Jim Carrey (The Number 23)
Courteney Cox (Masters of the Universe)
Sean Young (Blade Runner)
Tone Loc (Heat)
Robbie Willingham (The Last Boy Scout)
Udo Kier (Blade)
David Margulies (Ghostbusters 1 & 2)
Randall Cobb (Liar Liar)
Ace Ventura is a Miami private investigator who specializes in the retrieval of tame or captive animals. He goes undercover as a slightly overweight delivery man. As he makes his way to his target location he carries a package marked “fragile”, which he carelessly tosses around for fun. Once he arrives, he knocks at the door and presents the package to the gruff man who opens the door. While the man signs for the package, Ace asks to pet his dog at the door and then tells the man the rest of the signing can be taken care of and leaves. After exiting the building, Ace races to his car as the man notices his dog is still at the door. After yelling at the dog to move from the door, the man goes to move the mutt himself but discovers that it was a fake plush toy with a note mocking his foolery.Ace had hidden the real dog in his uniform and makes it to his vehicle. Before leaving with the dog, the man manages to damage Ventura’s car with a bat and even climbs it when it takes off. Ventura shakes the man off and heads to the rightful owner to claim a reward. The owner forces herself onto Ace out of gratitude and seduces him. Meanwhile, two weeks before the Miami Dolphins football team is due to play in the Super Bowl, the team mascot, a bottlenose dolphin named Snowflake, is stolen. Despite Ace’s recent success, he struggles to pay rent, repair his battered 1970’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and even receives complaints from his neighbor landlord Mr. Shickadance, who claims Ace keeps dozens of different animals in his apartment. Ace explains to his landlord that he’ll pay rent when he finds a lost, rare albino pigeon worth a $25,000 reward. Ace then invites him inside the apartment to prove there are no animals. Once gone, Ace calls the animals from their hiding spots.Ace’s special connection with animals and his eccentricities make him the laughing stock of the Miami-Dade Police Department, aside from his friend Officer Emilio. Melissa Robinson, the Miami Dolphins’ Chief Publicist, notifies the police. During his hunt for the albino pigeon, Ace gets hired to find Snowflake as well. After searching the tank the dolphin was taken in, he discovers a rare triangular-cut orange amber stone, which he speculates to be part of a 1984 AFC Championship ring.Ace receives help from a friend named Woodstock to hack into the aquatic supply stores to trace any equipment able to house a big aquatic animal. Together they discover a possible suspect, billionaire Ronald Camp. Melissa and Ace intrude as guests at a formal social event thrown at Camp’s house. While Camp is conversing with Melissa, Ace snoops around to find an indoor tank room and assumes it’s Snowflake. When cockiness blinds Ace, he goes to feed the dolphin and, in sheer surprise, learns that the tank holds a shark instead. After surviving an attack from the shark, he returns to the party soaked with clothes shredded, saying it was a plumbing issue. Camp walks Melissa and Ace outside, apologizing for the escapade and extending a handshake; Ace grabs his hand to glance at the very type of ring he had been searching for. Ace explains his plan to Melissa as they head to her place, now excluding Ronald Camp as a suspect. Ace tracks down the players in a team photo and sees their rings, but is dismayed to find every ring intact. Disappointed by his failure, he expresses his anger to Melissa and hears news that Roger Podacter, Miami Dolphins’s Head of Operations, had mysteriously fallen to his death from his apartment. At the crime scene, Miami Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn concludes the death to be a suicide. However, Ace proves it was a murder, embarrassing the police and infuriating Einhorn.After researching for NFL receipts, Ace comes across a more recent team photo which uncovers a new lead involving a former Dolphins player named Ray Finkle, who also owned a ring but did not appear in the old team photo due to being added during midseason. Finkle missed the field goal kick at the end of Super Bowl XVII, which cost the Dolphins the championship and ruined his career. Enamored by his detective prowess, Melissa finds herself unable to resist Ace and they have sex four times while hiding out at his apartment. The next day, Ace visits Finkle’s parents and discovers that he blames Dan Marino for holding the snap incorrectly, causing him to miss the kick. Finkle became so obsessed with both the loss and Marino that he became insane and was committed to a mental hospital. Despite Ace warning Melissa to send extra protection, Marino is still kidnapped. Ace follows Marino’s kidnappers but crashes, letting them escape with the football player. Ace visits Einhorn and explains his theory: Finkle kidnapped Marino out of revenge due to blaming him for his career having failed. Also, he took offense to the Dolphins giving Snowflake his jersey number and teaching it to kick a field goal, and presumably killed Podactor after he found Finkle snooping around. Einhorn compliments him on his findings with an unexpected kiss; Einhorn is so given to be seductive that she kisses him on top of her desk, making Ace ask her to get off from her gun digging into his hip. Einhorn tells him to allow the police to finish the job; Ace declines, saying it is his job to find Snowflake.Ace and Melissa go to the mental hospital where Finkle was committed. Ace searches Finkle’s belongings and discovers a newspaper article about a missing hiker named Lois Einhorn. Later, Emilio informs Ventura that he found a note from Roger Podacter himself regarding a secret romance between him and Einhorn. Studying this, Ace tries to figure out Einhorn’s connection to his suspect, Ray Finkle. With his dog’s help by lying on the picture of Finkle which it’s fur made it look like a woman’s hair, Ace comes to the realization that Lieutenant Lois Einhorn is, indeed, Ray Finkle in a transgendered disguise. He theorizes that shortly after escaping the mental hospital, Finkle was implied to have stalked the original Einhorn while she was hiking on her day off from work and may have murdered her in secret. Afterwards, he underwent a partial gender reassignment surgery to assume her identity and take advantage of her position in the Miami-Dade police force so Finkle can get revenge on the Dolphins on Super Bowl Sunday. Soon after, Ace aggressively brushes his teeth, and makes himself vomit, feeling disgusted.On Super Bowl Sunday, Ace follows Finkle to an abandoned yacht storage facility, where he finds Snowflake and Marino. Ace subdues Finkle’s henchmen, but before he can rescue Marino, Finkle holds him at gunpoint. Einhorn then radios the police department and implies Ace was the one who kidnapped both Snowflake and Marino and requests for backup. When the police arrive, Einhorn and Ace are tussled from fighting and she commands the department officers to shoot him. Melissa arrives and holds Emilio at gunpoint with threats to shoot him if they refuse to hear Ace out. The department stands down and Ace describes Finkle’s plan. To prove the truth he strips her down and find a normal feminine body and hair. However, with a little help from Marino who noticed the bulge from behind, he is able to expose Einhorn’s true identity as Finkle. Ace mentions that he(Finkle) made two costly mistakes in not perfecting his disguise: Penectomy and Vaginoplasty. He theorizes that Podacter discovered this during an earlier rendezvous with Einhorn and realizing he could go to the police and expose her as Finkle, she murdered him to protect her secret. Ace proves it by turning Einhorn around to reveal the bulge inside the silk panties. After plenty of male officers, Marino and Snowflake react disgust from unknowingly kissing a man they believed to be female, a humiliated Finkle attempts to kill Ace, but Ace subdues him. After taking off his ring, a 1984 AFC Championship ring missing a stone, Ace finalized his theory that Einhorn is the disgraced Ray Finkle and closes the case. Finkle is then arrested for his crimes and charged with kidnapping and murder, among other things.
Marino, Snowflake and the others return at halftime for the Super Bowl between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. While receiving a kiss from Melissa, Ventura spots the lost albino pigeon, but Swoop, the Eagles’ mascot, shoos it away before he can catch it. Enraged, Ventura gets in an altercation with Swoop, eventually hilariously beating the mascot while being thanked on the JumboTron for saving Marino and Snowflake. Ventura briefly stops fighting Swoop and smiles as the audience cheers for him.This was the movie, one of Jim Carrey’s first leading roles, which launched him into superstardom shortly before such hits as ‘The Mask’ and ‘Dumber and Dumber’, and ‘Ace Ventura – Pet Detective’ was to spawn two sequels, an animated series, as well as gain a huge cult following. It’s pure cheese, but jolly good fun.