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
Box office $212.4 million[1]

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (also known as Ace Ventura 2 or Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls) is a 1995 American comedy film[2] and the sequel to the 1994 American film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. 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.

Plot[edit]

In the Himalayas, a failed rescue mission results in a raccoon falling to its death (a parody of Cliffhanger). Ace Ventura then 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 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. Accompanied by his capuchin monkey, Spike, Ace travels to Africa to search for the missing bat.

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. He travels to the Wachati tribal village, where he learns that if the bat is not returned in time, the Wachootoo will declare war on the Wachati tribe. 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. This proves difficult, and is made more so by other incidents including attempts to kill him, a series of exhausting tasks set by the Wachootoo, and the Wachati princess' attempts to seduce him. Ace ultimately overcomes through these obstacles, and tells the princess he's vowed a life of celibacy.

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, watching nearby, is discovered by the Wachati prince, Ouda, and pursued by both tribes. After escaping both he lets out a sigh, where a female gorilla mistakes for a mating call and accepts. The Princess is married to the Prince, who Ace had to fight as one of the Wachootoo tribal challenges. 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 chase after Ace. Ace runs through the jungle fearfully, concluding the movie with his fate left uncertain.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began under Tom DeCerchio, who later directed Celtic Pride (1996).[4][better source needed] In April 1995, Carrey had DeCerchio replaced with Steve Oedekerk, who had worked on the film's predecessor as a script consultant but had no previous experience with directing feature films. While Oedekerk did write the original screenplay, it was Carrey who wanted him to direct as they had creative similarities, which included improvising and changing scenes during filming, and a vast understanding of the main character.[5] In June 1995, scenes were shot in South Carolina.[5] The following month, filming took place near San Antonio, Texas.[6]

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.[5]

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.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film gained a 33% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 4/10, and the consensus reading: "Nature Calls in this Ace Ventura sequel, and it's answered by the law of diminishing returns."[7] On Metacritic, the film received a 45 out of 100 based on 17 reviews.[8] But just like the first film, the sequel has gained a positive response from the public.

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[9]

  • 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. ^ a b "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)". Box Office Mojo. 1996-03-02. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  2. ^ cinezone (10 November 1995). "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)". IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)". IMDb. 
  4. ^ "Tom DeCerchio". IMDb. 
  5. ^ a b c Wechsler, Pat; Friedman, Roger D. (1995-06-05). "Jim Carrey, Remote Control Director". New York. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  6. ^ Schruers, Fred (1995-07-13). "Jim Carrey: Bare Facts and Shocking Revelations". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-10-27. 
  7. ^ "Ace Ventura - When Nature Calls (1995)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  9. ^ "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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