Ace Ventura Pet Detective Jr.
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.
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- David M. Evans
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; deleted & extended scenes; gag reel.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it