Zero Effect

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -2

Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) is a private detective who maintains no personal connections, or passions in life, except for his work. He is so far removed from the world that he conducts his business through a front-man, Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller). Steve, a smooth-talking attorney, hides Zero's paranoia and reclusive lifestyle. Together, the two have solved some of the world's most challenging cases, and now they have been called on to solve the case of Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal), Portland's timber tycoon, who has lost his keys. The case if perfect for Zero because it calls for his speciality, detachment and observation. However, the investigation heats up when Zero meets a woman paramedic (Kim Dickens) who causes him to develop feelings about the things he is observing. Zero Effect is one hip, and quick witted film. Zero and Arlo are great fun to watch and will leave movie goers wanting more. In Effect it is just plain funny.

Arlo lives with his girlfriend, Jess, although they are not married. Zero, who is so afraid of the world and the people in it, ends up having sex with a girl. Although no nudity is shown, the couple is seen kissing and undressing down to their undergarments. There are no crimes shown being committed in Zero Effect, but rape, blackmail and murder are mentioned and discussed. And in one scene, pictures of a murdered woman shot in the head are shown. To keep himself detached from feeling, Zero does drugs. He talks of taking uppers and pills are shown thrown around his apartment along with containers of alcoholic beverages. But Zero is never shown taking the pills. However, with over 30 f- and s-words as well as God's name used in vain 6 times, Zero Effect scores a big zero on language. Zero Effect's implied drug use, sexual content and foul language will offend many and earns zero recommendations.

Preview Reviewer: Sherry Oswald
CastleRock Entertainment, 335 North Maple Dr. Ste 135, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times - Mild 1, moderate 2

Obscene Language: Many (32) times - f-word 23, s-word 8, other 1

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 6 (J), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Few times - mild to moderate (rape is mentioned twice, pictures of murdered woman shot in head shown, man has a heart attack and is revived)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple, no nudity)

Nudity: Several times (woman in pajamas, in near see- through shirt, men shown in towels, and man's back shown being massaged)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few (rape mentioned, kissing, and some hugging, one reference to being conceived)

Drugs: Drugs and Alcohol

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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