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YMMV: Ace Ventura

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Although the movie gives plenty of reason to see it as simply a disguise or a sign of mental disturbance, some viewers see Finkle/Einhorn as actually transgender, and consequently a far more sympathetic character.
  • Better on DVD: Averted so far. There's never been a DVD release of either film containing all the great deleted scenes we get to see when these films are broadcast on television.
  • Broken Base: Jim Carrey allegedly dislikes the sequel, while many fans consider it to be funnier than the original. Of course, funnier doesn't always mean better; it certainly cashed in on dirty humour. According to Jeff Daniels, Carrey had explained to him the reasons why he didn't like the sequel much. He disliked the whole "Ace is afraid of bats" angle, as he found it to be a cheap Ass Pull, and even fought with the director about changing the script so that Ace was merely allergic to bats. Carrey was also very nervous about the film's depiction of the native characters, and that people might take offense to them. He's even surprised the film hasn't been outright banned!
  • Crazy Awesome: Ace graduates to this in the second movie.
  • Critical Dissonance: The first film was widely panned by critics. Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel went as far as declaring that Jim Carrey would never have a career as a movie star (though they'd eat their words after watching him in The Truman Show).
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Most people would really like to forget that Ace Ventura Jr. even exists.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ray Finkle/Lois Einhorn.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Allllllrighty then!
    • LIKE A GLOVE!
    • Loo-hoo-zeh-her!
    • Reee-hee-hee-hee-hee-hee-heeally...
    • Who doesn't know at least one person in any group of nerds who will always announce "Do NOT go in there! WOOO!" after returning from the bathroom? Or when someone else returns from the bathroom. Or when the bathroom is mentioned.
    • LACES OUT!
    • Finkle/Einhorn became memetic enough to get its own World of Warcraft NPC.
    • "New England Clam Chowder." "Is that the Red, or the White?"
    • Briefly "Frankly, that's none of your damn business, and I'll thank you to stay out of my personal affairs." became a catch-all smart-alec answer to any question.
  • Never Live It Down: In-universe, Finkle's missed field goal.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ace's visit to Ray Finkle's bedroom in the first movie.
  • Squick:
    • Ace's reaction to finding out that Einhorn is really Ray Finkle.
    • The scene in the second movie where his fake rhino has the air conditioner fail, forcing him to stick his head out and when it does people watching the Rhino are shocked to see a Rhino give birth to Ace. Did we mention that he was naked at the time? (The scene actually gets cut in some broadcasts of the movie.)
  • Special Effects Failure: The explosive used to flip Ace's jeep in the second film is very conspicuous when it goes off.
  • Tear Jerker: That first scene in the sequel when a raccoon Ace was determined to save breaks loose and falls. (It's funnier if you've seen Cliffhanger, which the scene parodies.)
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Ray Finkle. Really, all the poor guy did was miss a field goal. Did he really deserve to be branded a pariah by his entire hometown?
  • Values Dissonance: The Reveal in the first movie about Lois Einhorn and Ace's grotesque reaction to it. Yeah, transphobic jokes don't fly so well these days.
  • Weird Al Effect: After Ace Ventura was first released, some moviegoers believed the Mission: Impossible theme (which is used in the movie) originated from it.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A retroactive example. Unfortunately, you get this reaction when your raunchy PG-13 comedy get turned into a Saturday morning cartoon.