Ace Ventura: Pet Detective is a 1994 Comedy film. It would gain a sequel, When Nature Calls.
Ace Ventura is a Miami private investigator who specializes in the retrieval of tamed or captive animals that goes undercover as a slightly overweight delivery man. As he makes his way to his target location he carries a fragile package and carelessly tosses it around for fun. Once arrived, he knocks at the door and poses the package to the Gruff Man who opens. While the man signs for the package, Ace asks to pet his dog at the door and then tells the man the rest of the signing can be taken care of and leaves. Within exiting the building, Ace races to his car as the man notices his dog is still at the door. After yelling at the dog to move from the door the man goes to move the mutt himself but discovers that it was a fake plush toy with a note mocking his foolery.
Ace had hidden the real dog in his uniform and makes it to his vehicle. Before leaving with the dog, the man sees to damage Ventura's car with a bat and even climbs into it when Ace takes off. Ventura shakes the man off and heads to the rightful owner to claim a reward. He asks for a multitude of things, but the owner seductively pays him with a blowjob, which he does not argue with her doing. Meanwhile, Two weeks before the Miami Dolphins football team is due to play in the Super Bowl, the team mascot, a bottlenose dolphin named Snowflake, is stolen.
Despite Ace's recent success, he struggles to pay rent, repair his battered 1970's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and even receives complaints from his neighbor landlord Mr. Shickadance, who claims Ace keeps dozens of different animals in his apartment. Ace explains to his landlord that he'll pay rent when he finds a lost, rare albino pigeonworth a $25,000 reward. Ace then invites him inside the apartment to prove there are no animals. Once gone, Ace calls the animals from their hiding spots.
Ace's special connection with animals make him the laughing stock of the Miami-Dade Police Department, aside from his friend Officer Emilio. Melissa Robinson, the Miami Dolphins' Chief Publicist, notifies the police of the dolphin. During his hunt of the albino pigeon, Ace gets hired to find Snowflake as well. After searching the tank the dolphin was taken in, he discovers a rare triangular-cut orange amber stone, which he speculates to be part of a 1984 AFC Championship ring.
Ace receives help from a friend named Woodstock to hack into the aquatic supply stores to trace any possible equipment enable to housing a big aquatic animal, Together they discover a possible suspect and billionaire Ronald Camp. With the help of Melissa, her and Ace intrude as guest on a formal social event thrown at Camp's household. While Camp is conversing with Melissa, Ace snoops around to find an indoor tank room and assumes it's Snowflake. When cockiness blinds Ace, he goes to feed the dolphin and out of sheer surprise learns that the tank was holding a shark instead. After surviving an attack from the shark, he returns to the party soaked and clothes shredded saying it was a plumbing issue. Camp walks Melissa and Ace outside, apologizing for the escapade and extending a handshake, Ace grabs his hand to glance at the very type of ring he had been searching for.
Ace explains his plan to Melissa as they head to her place, now excluding Ronald Camp as a suspect. Ace tracks down the players in a team photo and sees their ring, but is dismayed to find every ring intact. Disappointed of his failure, he expresses his anger onto Melissa and hears news of Roger Podacter, Miami Dolphins's Head of Operations, had mysteriously fell to his death from his apartment. At the crime scene, Miami Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn concludes the death to be a suicide. However, Ace proves it was a murder, embarrassing the police and infuriating Einhorn.
After researching for NFL receipts, Ace comes across a more recent team photo which uncovers a new lead involving a former Dolphins player named Ray Finkle, who also owned a ring but did not appear in the old team photo due to being added during midseason. Finkle missed the field goal kick at the end of Super Bowl XVII, which cost the Dolphins the championship and ruined his career. Enamored by his detective prowess, Melissa finds herself unable to resist Ace and they have sex more than four times, to her amazement, while hiding out at his apartment.
The next day, Ace visits Finkle's parents and discovers that he blames Dan Marino for taking the snap incorrectly, causing him to miss the kick. Finkle became so obsessed with both the loss and Marino that he became insane and was committed to a mental hospital. However, despite Ace warning Melissa to send extra protection, Marino is still kidnapped. Ace follows Marino's kidnappers but crashes, letting them escape with the football player. Ace visits Einhorn and explains his theory: Finkle kidnapped Marino out of revenge due to blaming him for his career having failed. Also, he took offense to the Dolphins giving Snowflake his jersey number and teaching it to kick a field goal, and presumably killed Podactor after he found Finkle snooping around. Einhorn compliments him on his findings with an unexpected kiss, on top of her desk, making Ace ask her to get off, from her gun digging into his hip. Einhorn tells him to allow the police to finish the job, Ace declines, saying it is his job to find Snowflake.
Ace and Melissa go to the mental hospital where Finkle was committed. Ace searches Finkle's belongings and discovers a newspaper article about a missing hiker named Lois Einhorn. Later, Emilio informs Ventura that he found a note from Roger Podacter himself regarding a secret romance between him and Einhorn. Studying this, Ace eventually comes to the realization that Lieutenant Lois Einhorn is, indeed, Ray Finkle; after escaping the mental hospital, Finkle got a gender reassignment surgery and stole the original Einhorn's identity, implying he may have murdered her in secret to assume her identity. Soon after, Ace aggressively brushes his teeth, and makes himself vomit, feeling disgusted for kissing her/him before.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Ace follows Finkle to an abandoned yacht storage facility, where he finds Snowflake and Marino. Ace subdues Finkle's henchmen, but before he can rescue Marino, Finkle holds him at gunpoint. Einhorn then radios the police department and implies Ace was the one who kidnapped both Snowflake and Marino and requests for backup. When the police arrive, Finkle and Ace are tussled from fighting and Finkle commands the department officers to shoot him. Melissa arrives and holds Emilio at gunpoint with plans to shoot him if they refuse to hear Ace out. The department stands down and Ace describes Finkle's plan. To prove the truth he strips Finkle and with a little help from Marino, exposes Finkle's true identity. Podacter discovered this during an earlier rendezvous with Finkle, so he murdered him to protect his secret. After plenty of male officers are in disgust from unknowingly kissing a man when believed to being female, Finkle attempts to kill Ace, but Ace subdues him and takes off his ring, a 1984 AFC Championship ring missing a stone, cracking the case. Finkle is then arrested and charged with kidnapping and murder, among other things.
Marino, Snowflake and the others return at halftime for the Super Bowl between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. While requiring a kiss from Melissa, Ventura spots the lost albino pigeon, but Swoop, the Eagles' mascot, shoos it away before he can catch it. Enraged, Ventura endures in altercation eventually hilariously beating the mascot while being thanked on the JumboTron for saving Marino and Snowflake. Ventura briefly stops fighting Swoop and smiles as the audience cheers for him.
- Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura
- Courteney Cox as Melissa Robinson
- Sean Young asLt. Lois Einhorn/ Ray Finkle
- Rebecca Ferrati as Sexy Woman (credited)
- Tone Lōc as Emilio
- Dan Marino as Himself
- Udo Kier as Ron Camp
- John Capodice as Sgt. Aguado
- Noble Willingham as Riddle
- Raynor Scheine as Woodstock
- Troy Evans as Roger Podacter
- Bill Zuckert as Mr. Finkle
- Alice Drummond as Mrs. Finkle