Picks and Pans Review: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

updated 02/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox Arquette, Sean Young

Carrey, a star of the sometimes funny, often tasteless In Living Color, is the eponymous animal gumshoe of this never funny, completely tasteless comedy.

On the eve of the Superbowl, Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins' mascot, is kidnapped; in utter desperation, the team's director of marketing (Cox) turns to Carrey, a Robin Williams type run badly amok, to solve the mystery of the missing mammal. And then—holy halftime!—the Dolphins' star quarterback (Dan Marino as himself) also makes an unscheduled disappearance. Once again, Carrey is on the case despite the disapproval of the local police lieutenant (Young), who may not be quite what she seems. Replete with rude noises, pathetic table manners and bathroom jokes that would discredit a second grader, Ace Ventura is an endeavor that all concerned should omit from their résumés. (PG-13)

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