Zero Effect follows private investigator Daryl Zero and Steve Arlo, his reluctant representative, through one particularly tangled case involving blackmail, murder, revenge, and a set of lost keys. Zero is the world's best private investigator, suave and totally in control while on a case, but socially inept when off the job. The diversely talented and prolific Bill Pullman is excellently cast as Zero, switching seamlessly from one persona to the next, and the ever-charming Ben Stiller is his perfect sidekick. In a deadpan description of his method, or the "Zero Effect," Zero details his brilliance for Sherlock Holmes-like deductions, based on his strict adherence to objectivity and observation, or, in Zero parlance, "the obs." Somewhat predictably the obs falter when the case of the missing keys brings Zero to Gloria Sullivan, a winsome and mysterious paramedic played by Kim Dickens. Thankfully, writer-director Jake Kasdan is no less brilliant than the Zero he creates, and the potential corniness of the developing romance is balanced by a razor-sharp wit and the nail-biting suspense of the unfolding plot. --Laska Jimsen
A near perfect noirish film. Fantastic writing, directing and acting from whole cast. A must see.Published 10 months ago by C. LeGrow
Ingenious plot in times of so many remakes. Different, enjoyable. Setting the crime did not require noise, blood and cursing.Published 23 months ago by E. Marsh
The name says it all doesn't it. It had Zero Effect on me and my two buddies who watched it with me. I hope Ben stiller and Bill Pullman gave what they earned to charity. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
Yes, it's quirky and offbeat. The characterizations are well-done (I really enjoyed Stiller's portrayal of the "sidekick"). Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Robert J. Ellison
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. Read more
I liked this movie and if you like offbeat, but good films, you will too.Published on June 24 2003 by Michael Chesser
If you have ever read about Sherlock Holmes you will recognize him in Darel Zero. Extremely observant and intelligent man who is lacking social graces and therefore requires a... Read morePublished on May 24 2002 by infatuationjunkie
Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) is the greatest private investigator in the world, but he's an eccentric mess when he's not working. Read morePublished on March 26 2002 by "smellyelite"