Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr.

2008 PG 1h 33m DVD

Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr.

2008 PG 1h 33m DVD
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Seventh-grader Ace Ventura Jr. (Josh Flitter) emulates his long-missing father by becoming a pet detective, much to the dismay of his single mom, Melissa (Ann Cusack). But his skills prove useful when she's accused of stealing a baby panda and young Ace must clear her name. Ace soon deduces that the theft is the work of a famous animal thief. Now, it'll take all his sleuthing powers to track down the missing bear and bring the villain to justice.
Josh Flitter, Emma Lockhart, Austin Rogers, Ann Cusack, Ralph Waite, Art LaFleur, Reed Alexander, Brian Patrick Clarke, Jeff Chase, William Haze
David M. Evans
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that kids will probably enjoy the slapstick humor of this animal-centric film, but that farting and poop jokes may garner more laughs than the rest of the script. The hero's dad is dead, and the mom is put in jail during the movie, leaving only a quirky grandfather to watch over the boy (which he does only minimally.) Kids get away with breaking and entering, and repeatedly disrespect federal officers. There are some nice lessons about being who you are, even if that makes you stand out from the crowd. Compassion for animals is central to the plot.

Sexual Content

Adolescent flirtation between a lovesick tween and a classmate.


Dream scene of a panda cub-napping may be intense for young kids. Repeated kicks by kids to adult crotches. Kids are chased by guards who run into poles, fall down, etc. Threatening school bullies chase a nerd but don't catch him.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Good lessons on being true to yourself and caring for animals are muted by kids who are repeatedly disrespectful to authority figures.


Universal Studios theme park gets a major and distracting plug. Other recognizable brands include MySpace, TMobile, Heelies, CNN, Rolex, Exxon, and the CSI franchise.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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