Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

Comedian Jim Carrey returns with yet another crude ACE VENTURA sequel, already a huge box office hit. This one takes place in a fictitious state in Africa where he's sent to find a lost sacred white bat worshiped by an African tribe. This leads to an endless stream of comical dialogue and antics as he gets acquainted with the natives and confronts a group of greedy, unscrupulous European diplomats. As he explores the jungles and dark caves to find the bat, he employs his bizarre, wacky humor and facial expressions to full advantage. He is able to divert a conflict between two enemy tribes. But the final scene of the film shows him being run out of town by hostile natives because he has had sex with a native woman. There's no doubt that Carrey is a uniquely talented comedian whose bizarre humor appeals to moviegoers. But many will find his outlandish antics just a little too much to take.

Carrey specializes in crude, sexually oriented humor and this sequel is no exception. Sex between animals as well as between a man and a gorilla is implied when a bush they are behind starts to shake. A native woman performs a sensual dance for Ace and later it is implied he becomes sexually aroused by it. Various comical quips referring to sex and virginity are also included. However, other rough language, including two obscenities, is rather limited. In a particularly weird humorous incident, Ace is trapped in a fake, mechanical rhinoceros, but works his way out through a hole in the rear of the fake animal. This is meant to simulate to birth of a baby rhino. Plenty of slapstick rough treatment occurs, including hand fighting, attacks with poison darts and spears, a man pushed onto hot coals, a man's crotch stepped on and continuous chase threats. Disgusting humor includes Ace regurgitating into a bird's mouth to feed it, implied nose picking, people spitting on each other, eating bat excrement and raw meat, and Ace speaking through his rear end. All this seems to be funny to young audiences, but to discriminating viewers, it comes across as offensive and disgusting.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times - Mild 3, Moderate 2

Obscene Language: Twice (slang for genitals and urination)

Profanity: None

Violence: Many times - Moderate (Hand fighting, hitting with whip, hitting head on drum, spear and poison dart attacks, step on crotch, fight crocodiles, man pushed on hot coals, elephants damage house, chase threats)

Sex: Implied 3 times (between animals and between man and animal, once with native woman)

Nudity: Brief rear nudity once; Near Nudity (scantily clad native women)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (sensual dance, implied sexual self-gratification, references to sex and virginity, sexually oriented humor)

Drugs: None

Other: Vomit in bird's mouth, comical Buddhist meditation and telepathic messages, bat excrement and raw meat eaten, baby popped out of womb, pick nose, spitting, talk through rear end, Repent and Be Saved comical quip, simulated animal birth

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Intended Audience: Teenagers

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