By Owen Gleiberman
February 18, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE (PG-13) If you thought movie comedy had scraped bottom with the Ernest series, check out Jim Carrey (of TV’s ”In Living Color”) / as Ace Ventura, pet detective and postmodern doofus. His ”characterization” consists of strutting around in a Hawaiian shirt and Li’l Abner pompadour, flashing his big, creepy-preppy grin like a junior Richard Nixon on Jolt cola, and punching home every last one of his so-stupid-they-really-are-stupid lines. Carrey suggests an escaped mental patient impersonating a game-show host and, what’s worse, his hyperbolically obnoxious shtick is the whole damned show. F

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