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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Ace Ventura When Nature Calls poster
Directed by Steve Oedekerk
Produced by Gary Barber
Bob Israel
Andrew G. La Marca
James G. Robinson
Written by Steve Oedekerk
Starring

Jim Carrey
Ian McNeice
Simon Callow
Maynard Eziashi
Bob Gunton
Sophie Okonedo
Tommy Davidson

Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography Donald E. Thorin
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release November 10, 1995
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue $212,385,533
Preceded by Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Followed by

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls is the 1995 sequel to the 1994 film Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Jim Carrey reprises his role as the title character Ace Ventura, a detective who specializes in retrieval of tame or captive animals. This is the only sequel to a film starring Carrey in which Carrey reprised his role. 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 Steve Oedekerk, who had also collaborated in the making of the earlier movie. Tom DeCerchio, the director of Celtic Pride, was originally slated to direct the film but left after shooting began. The film has developed a large cult following since its release. It was followed by a direct-to-video sequel, Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective, in 2009.

Plot

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. After 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 influence is disruptive to the monastery, the Grand Abbot gives Ace excuses to justify his departure, and sends him with Greenwall.

Thereafter, Greenwall 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 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 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 gruelling tasks set by the Wachootoo, and the Wachati princess' attempts to seduce him.

Perplexed 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 thwarted 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 chiroptophobia, dramatically returns the bat just as the tribes are charging on a field to fight; and Cadby, watching nearby, is discovered by the Wachati prince, Ouda, and pursued by both tribes, later to be raped by an amorous silverback gorilla. 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. Both tribes then pursue Ace, concluding the movie.

Cast

  • Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura
  • Ian McNeice as Fulton Greenwall
  • Simon Callow as Vincent Cadby
  • Maynard Eziashi as Ouda
  • Bob Gunton as Burton Quinn
  • Damon Standifer as the Wachati Chief
  • Sophie Okonedo as the Wachati Princess
  • Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad as Ashram Monk
  • Danny D. Daniels as Wachootoo Witch Doctor
  • Andrew Steel as Mick Katie
  • Bruce Spence as Gahjii
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Hitu
  • Tommy Davidson as the Tiny Warrior
  • Frank Welker as Animals' vocal effects (uncredited)

External links

Ace Ventura films

Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveAce Ventura: When Nature CallsAce Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective

Jim Carrey films

The Sex and Violence Family Hour (1983)  · Copper Mountain (1983)  · All in Good Taste (1983)  · Finders Keepers (1984)  · Once Bitten (1985)  · Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)  · The Dead Pool (1988)  · Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)  · Pink Cadillac (1989)  · High Strung (1991)  · Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992)  · Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)  · The Mask (1994)  · Dumb and Dumber (1994)  · Batman Forever (1995)  · Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)  · The Cable Guy (1996)  · Liar Liar (1997)  · The Truman Show (1998)  · Simon Birch (1998)  · Man on the Moon (1999)  · Me, Myself & Irene (2000)  · Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)  · The Majestic (2001)  · Bruce Almighty (2003)  · Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  · Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)  · Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)  · The Number 23 (2007)  · Horton Hears a Who! (2008)  · Yes Man (2008)  · I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)  · A Christmas Carol (2009)  · Under the Sea 3D (2009)  · Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011)  · The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)  · Kick-Ass 2 (2013)  · Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)  · Dumb and Dumber To (2014)  ·

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