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Zero Effect

Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
2 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Date:
October 1998
IMDB Name:
Zero Effect (1998)
Jake Kasdan
mystery, suspense
MPAA Rating:
R for language.

Zany. NOT!

The presence of Ben Stiller and Bill Pullman told me Zero Effect would be a funny movie. I couldn't have been more wrong. It was an excellent character study, but the pitch of the opening is dropped before the second act. I was bored almost to tears by the end. Although as a whodunnit, it's good stuff, I just didn't enjoy it.


Bill Pullman really gets inside the role of Daryl Zero. The eccentricity is on screen in force, giving us a taste of a real, but strange, person. Kim Dickens plays a similarly intriguing role, always keeping details just out of reach.

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