Carrey made his first big break with 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, where he played the world's most renowned (by default) pet detective. All of Carrey's signature talents are channelled through Ventura; his wacky slapstick comedy, obscure facial expressions and ultra-flamboyant behaviour. The most memorable scene in the film is when he poses as being mentally challenged in order to infiltrate a mental hospital. If you want to get an idea of what Jim Carrey is all about, start with this classic. Oh, and the sequel is just as hilarious.
Ace: I never bring my work home with me sir. Mr Shickadance: Oh yeah? What's all this pet food for? Ace: ...Fibre.
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Released the same year as Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber sees Carrey paired up with Jeff Daniels, playing a pair of lackwits on a cross-country mission to return a girl's luggage. Carrey plays Lloyd the lovable loser extremely well, his bowl haircut and gap-toothed grin will have you cringing and laughing at once. My favourite scene is Carrey's daydream about the film's love interest, which includes him lighting a fart on fire, and ripping a rival's heart out and neatly placing it in a doggy bag. Obviously not humour at its most sophisticated, however it's one of Carrey's trademark films and deserves numerous watches.
Memorable Quote: Lloyd: We got no food, no jobs... our PETS' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!
Now firmly one of Hollywood's biggest names in comedy, Carrey stars in this film with the simple yet hilarious premise of Fletcher Reede, a man who cannot tell a lie for 24 hours. Made even more difficult with Carrey playing an unscrupulous lawyer, this film has a ton of hilarious moments as he tries to reconcile with his ex-wife and son. Liar Liar really lets you marvel at Carrey's comedic talents, not to mention his physical flexibility. The film's best moments are when Carrey is trying to speak when he physically cannot tell a lie, resulting in all sorts of crazy noises and facial expressions.
Angry Driver: What's your problem, Schmuck? Fletcher: I'm an inconsiderate prick!
Carrey shows us he's not just all noise and flailing limbs in this unique drama about a man whose entire life is a TV show. In The Truman Show Carrey plays Truman Burbank, an average man who slowly begins to realise everything around him is fake. There's a good blend of humour and drama in this film and Carrey does a great job playing the Average Joe who gets his life turned upside down. The most powerful moments in the film are when Carrey defies everyone by trying to escape the fake world which he has called home all his life.
Truman: Good morning, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night!
Carrey takes on another serious role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The film has the interesting premise where one can have their memories of another person completely erased. Perfect for messy break-ups. Joel Barish (Carrey) discovers his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had such a procedure, and in a state of melancholy decides to have the same done to himself. What results is a strange, sometimes funny and very touching journey as Carrey struggles in his own mind to save the memories of his girlfriend from being deleted. It scored an impressive 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, for those who swear by that site like I do.
Joel: Can you hear me? I don't want this any more! I want to call it off!
Obviously I haven't covered everything this great man has done, what's your favourite Carrey film?