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Zero Effect (1998)

Cast: Bill Pullman, Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, more...
Director: Jake Kasdan, Jake Kasdan
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Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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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). ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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Under-Rated/Hidden GemDetective Flick by johelinedvd April 10, 2002 - 1:42 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I remember the tv commericals when this came out, and they couldn't decide whether this was a detective movie, a comedy, a Peter Sellers sendup, etc. Part of the problem was that this movie doesn't pigeon hole itself easily into a nice, easy, clearly defined niche. The main reason: this is a smart, funny, romantic film, that is also a first rate detective/ blackmail thriller. How things are pieced together, and the lengths that Bill Pullman (who you think more as a movie star, ala ID4, than as an actor) delivers a terrific performance as a PI whos has to extend himself, both as a detective and personally to get to the bottom of things. Kim Dickens absolutely captures you, much like Karen Allen in Raiders. Fine supporting work by Ben Stiller and Ryan "Love Story" O'Neal. This really is a true hidden gem.

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