Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
AceVenturaWhenNatureCallsposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Oedekerk
Produced by James G. Robinson
Written by Steve Oedekerk
Based on Characters
by Jack Bernstein
Starring
Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Edited by Malcolm Campbell
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 10, 1995 (1995-11-10)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $212.4 million[2]

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (also known as Ace Ventura 2 or Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls) is a 1995 American comedy film and the sequel to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994). Jim Carrey reprises his role as the title character Ace Ventura, a detective who specializes in retrieval of tame and captive animals. Ian McNeice, Simon Callow, and Sophie Okonedo co-star. Tommy Davidson, who co-starred with Carrey on the show In Living Color, makes a cameo appearance in the film.

The film was written and directed by Carrey's close friend Steve Oedekerk, who had also collaborated in the production and as a character consultant for the first film. It was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, Ace Ventura Jr.: Pet Detective, in 2009 with involvement from neither Carrey nor Oedekerk.

Plot[edit]

In the Himalayas, after a failed rescue mission results in a raccoon falling to its death (a parody of Cliffhanger), Ace Ventura undergoes an emotional breakdown and joins a Tibetan monastery. Once he has recovered, he is approached by Fulton Greenwall, a British correspondent working for a provincial consulate in the fictional African country of Nibia. Because Ace's presence is troublesome to the monastery, the Grand Abbot gives Ace excuses to justify his departure, and sends him off with Greenwall.

Thereafter, Greenwall takes Ventura to Africa, and warns him about the hostility of gorillas as it is mating season. Greenwald then asks Ventura to find the white bat 'Shikaka', a sacred animal of the Wachati tribe, which disappeared shortly after being offered as dowry of the Wachati Princess, who is set to wed the Wachootoo Prince to form armistice and peace between the two people. After arriving in Nibia and meeting with consul Vincent Cadby, Ace begins investigating his case, but must overcome his intense fear of bats in order to succeed.

Accompanied by his capuchin monkey, Spike, Ace travels to Africa to search for the missing bat. He eventually befriends the tribe's princess, who tries to seduce Ace. However, Ace admits his oath to celibacy, but quietly masturbates in a hut afterwards. Ace then befriends the tribal prince, Ouda, who assists Ace throughout the film. Thereafter much of Ace's activity involves eliminating obvious suspects—animal traders, poachers, and a Safari park owner among others—and enduring the growing escalations of threat between the Wachati and the Wachootoo. After being attacked with drugged arrows, Ace suspects the medicine-man of the Wachootoo of taking the bat, as he strongly disapproves of the wedding. He travels to the Wachootoo tribal village, with Ouda translating the chief's words, rather poorly. The Wachootoo mistake Ace as the "White Devil", and have him go through many dangerous and humiliating challenges to gain their trust. He eventually does when his pain makes the chief, entire tribe, and even Ouda laugh for the first time in years. Despite this, if the bat is not returned in time, the Wachootoo will declare war on the Wachati tribe.

Confused by the case, Ace consults the Grand Abbot via astral projection. Advised by the Abbot, Ace deduces that Vincent Cadby has taken the bat and hired Ace to divert suspicion from himself, having planned to let the tribes destroy each other so that he can then take possession of the numerous bat caves containing guano to sell as fertilizer worth billions. When Ace confronts Cadby with this knowledge, Ace learns he was hired as Cadby's alibi, and he is arrested by tribal security chief, Hitu. Shortly after, Ace calls an elephant to escape, and summons herds of jungle animals to destroy Cadby's house. Cadby then tries to shoot Ace, but is defeated by Greenwall who punches him in the face. Cadby escapes with the bat in a car, but Ace follows him in a monster truck. In pursuit, Ace destroys Cadby's car, leaving the bat cage lodged in a tree.

Ace, despite his chronic fear of bats, bravely yet dramatically returns the bat just as the tribes are about to meet on the battlefield, until they notice the bat and kneel before it. Cadby is watching nearby, but is discovered by Ouda. Ouda then calls him the "White Devil" to give Ace more time, and Cadby is pursued by both tribes. After escaping, he encounters a female gorilla that mistakes him for a mate and is subsequently raped. The Princess is married to the Prince, who is revealed to be the man who humilited Ace during one of the Wachootoo tribal challenges earlier. Moments later, it is discovered that the young bride is no longer a virgin, apparently on Ace's account. Despite this, peace between the once-separate tribes is achieved, by having everyone joining together and furiously chasing after Ace. Ace runs through the jungle fearfully, concluding the movie.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began under Tom DeCerchio, who later directed Celtic Pride (1996).[4][better source needed] Because of the success of the first film, Morgan Creek Productions gave lead-actor Jim Carrey the power to decide the director. In April 1995, Carrey had DeCerchio replaced with Steve Oedekerk, who had worked on the film's predecessor as a script consultant and wrote the screenplay for this film, but had no previous experience with directing feature films. Spike Jonze wanted to direct the film, but Carrey turned him down as he also had no experience but he mainly didn't know him well enough. Carrey claims this to be one of his biggest regrets.[5]. However, Carrey stated he doesn't regret enlisting Oedekerk to direct as they were friends with creative similarities, which included improvising, changing scenes during filming, and had a vast understanding of the main character.[6] In June 1995, scenes were shot in South Carolina.[6] The following month, filming took place near San Antonio, Texas.[7]

Part of the film was also shot in British Columbia, Canada. The film was shot in Super 35.[citation needed] Carrey was paid $10 million for his role.[6]

Release[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed $37,804,076 during its opening weekend, taking the #1 spot. In the U.S. and Canada, the film grossed $108.3 million, and in other territories, it grossed $104 million. The worldwide gross was $212.3 million. Against its $30 million budget, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls was a major financial success.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 33% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Nature Calls in this Ace Ventura sequel, and it's answered by the law of diminishing returns."[8] On Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 45 out of 100, based on 17 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[9]

Accolades[edit]

1996 ASCAP Award

1996 American Comedy Award

  • Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) – Jim Carrey (Nominated)

1996 Kid's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Movie – (Won)
  • Favorite Movie Actor – Jim Carrey (Won)

1996 MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Male Performance – Jim Carrey (Won)
  • Best Comedic Performance – Jim Carrey (Won)
  • Best Kiss – Jim Carrey and Sophie Okonedo (Nominated)

1996 Razzie Awards

1996 Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[10]

  • Worst Picture – James G. Robinson (Nominated)
  • Worst Actor – Jim Carrey (Nominated)
  • Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy – James G. Robinson (Won)
  • Worst Sequel – James G. Robinson (Won)
  • The Sequel Nobody Was Clamoring For – James G. Robinson (Nominated)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information - The Numbers". Retrieved October 12, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)". Box Office Mojo. 1996-03-02. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  3. ^ "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)". IMDb. 
  4. ^ "Tom DeCerchio". IMDb. 
  5. ^ "Jim Carrey Has Always Regretted Turning Down Spike Jonze As Director of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls". September 11, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c Wechsler, Pat; Friedman, Roger D. (1995-06-05). "Jim Carrey, Remote Control Director". New York. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  7. ^ Schruers, Fred (1995-07-13). "Jim Carrey: Bare Facts and Shocking Revelations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Past Winners Database". Web.archive.org. 2007-01-03. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 

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