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"Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls"

by Eleanor Ringel

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All righty then. An Ace Ventura sequel was inevitable, given the box office success of the first film and the blast-off career of star, Jim Carrey. Hence this "...and dumber" follow-up to Carrey's supremely dumb "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective." This time, our intrepid sleuth/animal-lover is in deepest, darkest Africa. He's been summoned by an English diplomat, played with perfect stiff-upper-lip by Simon Callow, to locate a missing sacred animal and thus prevent tribal warfare. The mix is much the same as its predecessor: imbecilic plot, inspired Carrey. In fact, only someone as certifiably loony as Carrey could mess around with the delicate (and often degrading) racial residue of old jungle-movie cliches and get away with it. But somehow Carrey does - whether leading an elephant cavalry, surviving a tribal initiation ritual or engaging in a life-or-death struggle with a crocodile. Yes, it's vulgar.Yes, it's idiotic. But what were you expecting? Ace Ventura in "Schindler's List II?" As purely silly movies go, this one is aces.

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