Zero Effect

Zero Effect
Zero Effect
  • R
  • 1h 55m
  • 1998
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The world's most ingenious, but socially inept, private investigator tackles his toughest assignment yet--falling in love--in the comic murder mystery Zero Effect. With his unparalleled intuition, Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) can solve most of his high-profile cases without leaving the house. In fact, Daryl can't leave the house. Masterfully cunning, but emotionally damaged, Zero must conduct all his business through Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller), a loyal assistant and legal advisor. But when lumber tycoon Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal) hires Zero to crack a bizarre case, the dysfunctional detective confronts his most intimate fears as he finds himself falling in love with the beautiful and mysterious prime suspect. Now faced with the biggest challenge of his storied career, will the master sleuth solve his most difficult assignment without falling prey to the Zero Effect?
© 1998 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A promising debut for writer/director Jake Kasdan, Zero Effect overcomes its flaws with its off-kilter humor and likeable leads.
Leonard Klady

There's an idiosyncratic talent at work here with the potential to blossom into bigger, better and...

March 4, 2019
Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Kasdan's is a very promising debut, its own dearth of feeling offset by able writing, engaging pla...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail

June 17, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Comedy
  • Release Date:January 30, 1998
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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