By far the most controversial thing about “Ace Ventura” is the decisive plot twist, in which Detective Lois Einhorn, played by Sean Young, turns out to be disgraced Miami Dolphins football kicker Ray Finkle. . The movie makes it clear that it was inspired by the 1992 movie “The Crying Game” and its genre twist, but what’s most surprising about it is that “Ace Ventura” was already filming by the time ” The Crying Game” was released in theaters.

According to Tom Shadyac in the director’s commentary, this was a last minute decision that was made towards the end of filming. As if the plot twist itself were unclear, Boy George’s song “The Crying Game” plays as Ace burns his clothes and showers in disgust. This late plot change probably explains why the twist seems so jarring in the movie – it’s hard to believe that Sean Young of all people could have been a beefy football kicker, but with all the other events in this movie, it’s just barely works.

Of course, as conversations about the representation of sexuality and gender have evolved, it’s become increasingly clear to mainstream audiences just how tacky this transphobic and homophobic storyline is, to say the least. For his part, Carrey agrees. “Nowadays, it probably wouldn’t be done the same way,” he told the Television Critics Association during a 2019 interview (via Showbiz CheatSheet). “There is a learning curve for all of us.”