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Zero Effect (Widescreen/Full Screen)


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  • Actors: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O'Neal, Kim Dickens, Angela Featherstone
  • Directors: Jake Kasdan
  • Writers: Jake Kasdan
  • Producers: Jake Kasdan, Janet Yang, Jim Behnke, Lisa Henson, Naomi Despres
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: July 14 1998
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780623223
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,444 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Ingenious plot in times of so many remakes. Different, enjoyable. Setting the crime did not require noise, blood and cursing.
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Yes, it's quirky and offbeat. The characterizations are well-done (I really enjoyed Stiller's portrayal of the "sidekick").
But the plot itself is a bit contrived; plot developments tend to appear out of thin air, rather than as a result of the actions of the protagonists, and some of them feel clumsy.
The pacing is irregular, dragging through characterizations then spurting forward with developments, and then repeating the cycle (which, admittedly, isn't necessarily a detraction from a movie, but I noticed it and didn't like it in this one).
All in all, it was a pleasant enough diversion, especially if you like the lead actors, but ultimately forgettable.
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By Yumi on July 1 2003
Format: DVD
Humor, suspence, wit ,plot,actors, I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
It just sparkles. You just can't go wrong with this movie!
Your first intro to the mysterious Mr. Zero is so unforgetable.
And the flip flop of Ben Stiller describing his boss to a client, cut in with him describing him to a friend is hysterical. And with all this, its got heart! and some great music!
YES YES YES!!!
Very refreshing.
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Format: DVD
I liked this movie and if you like offbeat, but good films, you will too.
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Jake Kasdan himself, the director of "Zero Effect," admitted that the Detective-Story plot is a Hollywood favorite. Having admitted that, he went on to create one of the best movies I've seen, and certainly the best I've seen in this genre, while at once adhering to the rules of the detective story and creating such a sharp, intelligently written story that it makes you shake your head.
There is so much to love about this movie I hesitate to begin. How about with the dialogue? From the first line, the dialogue is precise, subtle and funny. Someone famous once stressed that subtlety is key to lasting humor, and this script is exemplary; it's as funny the tenth time I watch it as it was the first. For once, we get to laugh at the detective hero, to laugh at his human flaws, as well as marvel at his methods.
Ben Stiller is a master of the human kettle of frustration, and is a great counterpoint to Pullman's various quirks. I didn't like Stiller much before this film, but have since become a staunch fan thanks to his performance here. Kim Dickens was fantastic, as was the role created for her. Detective movies usually feature a femme fatale with much more to her than meets the eye, but Clarissa is one to beat them all. I'll let it stand at that so as not to ruin any of the plot. And Ryan O'Neal rounds out the main cast with a wonderful portrayal of a white-collar criminal.
People accuse me sometimes of taking movies too seriously, but I argue back that my favorites are ones that actually teach me something lasting. As we watch, we solve the mystery along with Daryl Zero, and we learn his methods, similar to reading along to a Sherlock Holmes story (in this case, see "A Scandal in Bohemia").
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I like private eye movies but Zero Effect just took too long to get started and Daryll Zero himself (although brilliantly played by Bill Pullman) knows so many stupid things that no one would ever remember for any reason. Check out the scene in the crime scene motel for example.
Ben Stiller is quite watchable too though. But for some reason in every scene with him and his girlfriend they are making out. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this. Tho he's actually got a decent character to get his teeth into this time instead of the 'hapless boyfriend' role he always seems to get stuck with.
"Zero Effect"s main problem is that's it's too talky and almost every scene takes place indoors. This adds an unwanted sense of claustrophobia to the film.
Writer/Director Jake Kasdan does have talent and I would like to see him go far in Hollywood. And perhaps even make a sequel to "Zero Effect" but with a bigger budget and a more accessable plotline. It would be a shame to kill of a potentially great franchise because of one rather lame movie.
The DVD is in Dolby 5.1 and is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen.
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Imagine if you will a detective on par with Sherlock Holmes but with the social skills of Howard Hughes in his later years. If you can visualize this, you've come close to understanding Daryl Zero, the mastermind detective played by Bill Pullman (Independence Day) in the new comedy/mystery Zero Effect.
Daryl Zero is a dysfunctional, neurotic man, who locks himself away in a penthouse behind an insane security system. He drinks Tab by the gallon, overdoses on speed and information, and writes horrible songs in his spare time. Aside from all this, he can tell you what you had for breakfast thirty seconds after meeting you and can solve crimes by dialing one phone number. The man defines the line between genius and madness.
Zero is so ineffective outside of his job that he is forced to use a go-between to negotiate all his business. Playing Dr. Watson to his Sherlock Holmes is Ben Stiller (Reality Bites) as Steve Arlo, a former lawyer who has trouble reconciling his professional life and his private one.
As the story begins, Arlo is discussing his employer with a prospective client, Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal). In a series of cuts from this office setting, however, we also see Arlo discussing his boss with a friend. The two discussions counterpoint the duality of Zero's nature. He may be the most brilliant detective who ever lived, but it is obvious the man is also a raging lunatic.
Stark has sought Zero's help to recover his missing keys, lost now for a year. Those keys, he believes, have fallen into the hands of the person blackmailing him. One of the keys was to a safety deposit box, but he will not tell Zero what was in the safety deposit box or why he believes the person is blackmailing him. Just one more mystery for Zero to uncover.
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