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general rule: Don't go to a
film featuring Jim Carrey
expecting Gandhi. Carrey,
the man paid $7 million to
star in a film called Dumb and
Dumber, is more reminiscent of
Gumby than anyone else. His lat-
est venture, Ace Ventura: When
Nature Calls, the sequel to the
highly successfulAce Ventura: Pet
Detective, takes full advantage of
his body-bending, face-twisting
breed of comedy.
Ace is back — this time as a Ti-
betan monk/pet detective hired
to settle a dispute between
African tribes by recovering a
stolen bat named Shikaka. The
plot thickens when Ace's mortal
fear of bats is revealed. But if
depth of plot is what you seek, you
will be sorely disappointed by this
film. The story line serves only
one purpose: to provide a back-
drop for Carrey's numerous tal-
Ace Ventura has developed a
persona of his own. His cockatoo
hairdo, head-bobbing jaunt, and
disregard for the bounds of sane
behavior made the first Ace film rather than a cartoon. His humor
a huge financial success, and is not comprised of snappy wit-
these same traits carry over into ticisms or biting sarcasm; it's pure
slapstick. And like a cartoon,
While watching When Na-
Carrey distorts his body in
ture Calls, written and di-
so many ways that one
rected by Steve Oedekerk,
must marvel: Doesn't
Though lacking some of the
boisterous comedy of the orig-
inal, this Ace is generally fun-
ny throughout. The movie
effectively mixes childish an-
tics such as giant boogies with
sanity-stretching bits like a
mechanical rhinoceros in heat.
Other examples of immature
humor with a raunchy ele-
ment abound. And though
some of Ace's catch phrases
like "Alrighty then," get a lit-
tle stale after the tenth time,
Carrey's energetic perfor-
mance lifts the film from the
realm of pure idiocy to the
plateau of wild humor. Two
out of four bagels
Ace Ventura: When Nature
Jim Carrey: Returning as Ace Ventura.
Calls opened last Friday and
was the top grossing film of the
it's sometimes hard to remember weekend.
that Jim Carrey is a real person
— Dan Zimmerman
'The Beatles Anthology'
GARY GRAFF SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH NEWS
Sunday, November 19th, 1995
at 10:00 a.m.
at The Maple Theatre
4; 4; 4; 4; i=
'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls'
hese days, when so-called
alternative rockers and
gangsta rappers take turns
at the top of the charts,
when the Hustle's making a
comeback and "Strawberry
Fields Forever" is a likely name
for a fruit store — can we still
care about the Beatles?
Three words: yeah, yeah,
Of course, that's just what
ABC and Capitol Records are
counting on this week, when
they commemorate the 25th an-
niversary of the Beatles calling
it quits as a group with a barrage
of product that's being hyped as
the second coming of Beatlema-
`The Beatles Anthology," a six-
hour documentary of the Fab
Four's history, begins at 9 p.m.
Sunday on ABC, with subse-
quent showings Wednesday and
Thursday. Besides intimate and
forthright new interviews with
the surviving Beatles — Paul
McCartney, George Harrison
and Ringo Starr, the series also
will premiere "Free As a Bird"
and "Real Love." Both are drawn
from demo tapes made by the
late John Lennon and mark the
first new Beatles recordings since
On Tuesday, Capitol
The Beatles in a
the new songs.
follows with the first of
three double-CD Anthol-
A Hard Day's Night.
companies and the
ogy albums, plundering
the vaults for 60 Beatles
are betting that in-
rarities and obscurities.
The other two volumes will be re- high, that the baby boomers who
leased during 1996.
were the group's original fans
The stakes are substantial. will lap it up and that the mod-
ABC reportedly shelled out $20 ern rock crowd will, tune in out
million for the rights to "Anthol- of curiosity, if nothing else.
ogy," which was produced by the
They should. Some may scoff
Beatles' own Apple Productions at the continued fascination with
Ltd. Capitol is treating the An- a group that at times seems dat-
thology album like a vital piece ed, but that's a shortsighted
of national security, with armed stance based on fashion rather
guards at its manufacturing than substance. There's no ques-
plant to ensure against leaks of tion that the Beatles remain as