YMMV: Ace Ventura

  • Alternative 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.
  • Awesome Music: The opening sequence in When Nature Calls, where Ace rescues a raccoon stranded on a mountain. Appropriately, it's grand in scope and exciting.
  • 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.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The Destructo-Nookie scene between Ace and Melissa in the first movie that seemingly came out of nowhere.
  • 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.
    • He has more than just a few shades of it in the first film, especially when he catches a bullet with his teeth.
  • 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:
    • You can't help but view Ace's freakout when he discovers that Einhorn is really Ray Finkle in a whole different way after seeing I Love You Phillip Morris.
      • Speaking of that, former sports athlete Bruce Jenner would follow in former athlete Finkle's/Einhorn's footsteps 22 years later... as transwoman Caitlyn Jenner.
    • The scene in the sequel where Ace takes an arrow to the knee... twice.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Ray Finkle/Lois Einhorn.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Vincent Cadby in the sequel. He hires poachers to steal the sacred bat of the Wachati tribe after it had been offered as a dowry for a royal marriage to make peace with their rivals the Wachootoo. Thus, the two tribes take this as an ill omen and prepare for war. What does Vincent get out of this? With the Wachati dead the consulate will be able to take possession of their lands, which include lots of caves used as nesting grounds for bats, and their guano is worth billions in the international market as fertilizer. He also hires Ace to investigate the crime so he can avoid suspicion and spends most of the film letting Ace chase false leads and make a fool of himself because he doesn't need to do anything else for his plan to work, he just has to keep the bat hidden long enough. A rather effective and impressive villain for a comedy film.
  • 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 Effect 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 have his career ruined and be branded a pariah by his entire hometown? It's even worse when you see that his parents also suffered serious trauma from the fallout, with his father now paranoid to the point of answering the door armed with a shotgun and his mother clearly driven to permanent insanity.
  • 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.