Zero Effect

Zero Effect

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Director: Jake Kasdan

Cast: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal

     
 

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Jake Kasdan made his feature film directorial debut with this oblique thriller about eccentric private detective Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) and his sardonic front man partner Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller). After the two are hired by blackmail victim Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal), Zero sets up a sting operation and soon focuses on his suspect, Gloria Sullivan (Kim Dickens), a

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Jake Kasdan made his feature film directorial debut with this oblique thriller about eccentric private detective Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) and his sardonic front man partner Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller). After the two are hired by blackmail victim Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal), Zero sets up a sting operation and soon focuses on his suspect, Gloria Sullivan (Kim Dickens), a woman he met at a health club. Thinking Zero is an accountant, she asks him to look over her tax return. Clues form a trail to hitman Kragan Vincent (Matt O'Toole), who could be Gloria's father. Amid the romance and revenge, Zero manages to write a few songs (actually written by Pullman and Kasdan).

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The set-up for Zero Effect is promising: A hermetic genius solves mysteries with his Sherlock-like powers of observation and the help of his increasingly embittered sidekick. Though the film ends up falling just a little short of its potential, it provides a fresh take on the detective genre. The mystery is chock-full of twists and turns, including a high-spirited and atypical love-interest Kim Dickens who may be more than she appears. Daryl Zero's reclusiveness and curiosity make for some original and amusing scenes, as when he gets on a treadmill next to his client, who has no idea that Zero is the rarely-seen mastermind he's hired. The relationship between Zero and Arlo is also pleasingly unique, one of mutual admiration, friendship and, for Arlo, sheer frustration -- emotions that suit Ben Stiller's comic edge very well. Occasionally the film is a little flat, taking too much time between laughs or surprises. Zero Effect was written and directed by the then 22-year-old Jake Kasdan, son of veteran filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan, and there is much here to assert the younger Kasdan's promise.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2013
UPC:
0883316841846
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
15,562

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Pullman Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller Steve Arlo
Ryan O'Neal Gregory Stark
Kim Dickens Gloria Sullivan
Angela Featherstone Jess
Hugh Ross Bill
Sara Devincentis Daisy
Matt O'Toole Kragan Vincent

Technical Credits
Jake Kasdan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Behnke Executive Producer,Production Manager
Glenn Berkovitz Sound/Sound Designer
Naomi Despres Co-producer
Gary Frutkoff Production Designer
Greyboy Allstars Score Composer
Lisa Henson Producer
Greg Luntzel Asst. Director
Maggie Martin Set Decoration/Design
Philip Messina Art Director
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Tara Timpone Editor
Mary Vernieu Casting
Janet Yang Producer

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Zero Effect 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie really grows on you. After watching about 10 times in the past few years, I'm still getting an enormous kick every time I watch it! The plot is complex yet logical and the mystery intriguing. I especially enjoy the irony and the dry humour. This is currently in my all-time Top-Ten movie list!!!
Lark11 More than 1 year ago
Interesting. Smart. Well acted movie.