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* GeniusSlob: Darryl Zero dresses like a vagrant, has a weird diet & a messy apartment.

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* GeniusSlob: Darryl Zero dresses like a vagrant, has a weird diet & and a messy apartment.


Pretty obviously based on the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot -- almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel -- although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Creator/RaymondChandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.

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Pretty obviously based on the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A Scandal in Bohemia", down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot -- almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel -- although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Creator/RaymondChandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.\n


[[Creator/DefectiveDetective Daryl Zero]] (Pullman), a brilliant but reclusive private eye, traditionally works from afar with assistant [[TheWatson Steve Arlo]] (Stiller) as his representative in the field. Socially awkward and inept but extraordinarily confident in his deductive abilities, Zero keeps himself locked in his apartment where he composes [[DreadfulMusician awful songs on his guitar]] and subsists on a diet of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood tuna, Tab, pretzels, Campbell's soup]], and amphetamines. Zero and Arlo are retained by CorruptCorporateExecutive Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal) to investigate who is blackmailing him and stole his keys. Immediately, Zero is thrown into a quirky world of seduction, intrigue, comedy and double-crosses.

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[[Creator/DefectiveDetective [[DefectiveDetective Daryl Zero]] (Pullman), a brilliant but reclusive private eye, traditionally works from afar with assistant [[TheWatson Steve Arlo]] (Stiller) as his representative in the field. Socially awkward and inept but extraordinarily confident in his deductive abilities, Zero keeps himself locked in his apartment where he composes [[DreadfulMusician awful songs on his guitar]] and subsists on a diet of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood tuna, Tab, pretzels, Campbell's soup]], and amphetamines. Zero and Arlo are retained by CorruptCorporateExecutive Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal) to investigate who is blackmailing him and stole his keys. Immediately, Zero is thrown into a quirky world of seduction, intrigue, comedy and double-crosses.


%%* ArcWords: Zero's motto "Passion is the enemy of precision."
%%* AssholeVictim: Stark.

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%%* * ArcWords: Zero's motto "Passion is the enemy of precision."
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precision". Considering his narration is his memoirs, and his attempt to teach whoever may read them in how to be a detective, it makes sense he keeps pointing it out.
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AssholeVictim: Stark.Gregory Stark. The word "asshole" is just not enough to describe him, [[spoiler: being a rapist and the murderer of the mother of ''his own long-lost daughter'' (who is that because he raped her mom ''she'' ditched him) doesn't helps]].



* TheBadGuyWins: Because she's LetOffByTheDetective. [[spoiler:After finding out that Stark deserves some hard-core karmic punishment and she saves his life regardless, as well as falling in love with her, Zero decides it's the best thing to do]].



* BlackmailBackfire: A running sub-plot throughout the movie is Stark wanting to set one of these up (by arming himself and shooting the blackmailer if he ever meets him face-to-face) because the situation is making him incredibly paranoid and skittish. Arlo manages to talk him out of it once, the investigation gets a fire put under it because of this, and finally it doesn't happens [[spoiler: because Stark ends up having a heart attack, forcing the blackmailer (his estranged paramedic daughter) to save his life]].
* CaptainsLog / PrivateEyeMonologue: Seeing as how the narration is from Zero's memoirs but used in context. Think Series/BurnNotice.
%%* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Arlo

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* BlackmailBackfire: A running sub-plot throughout the movie is Stark wanting to set one of these up (by arming himself and shooting the blackmailer if he ever meets him face-to-face) because the situation is making him incredibly paranoid and skittish. Arlo manages to talk him out of it once, the investigation gets a fire put under it because of this, and finally it doesn't happens [[spoiler: because [[spoiler:because Stark ends up having a heart attack, forcing the blackmailer (his estranged paramedic daughter) to save his life]].
* CaptainsLog / PrivateEyeMonologue: Seeing as how the narration is from Zero's memoirs but used in context. Think Series/BurnNotice.
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''Series/BurnNotice''.
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CloudcuckoolandersMinder: ArloSteve Arlo is Daryl Zero's personal secretary-slash-MouthOfSauron-slash-beleaguered-assistant-on-the-verge-of-a-breakdown and the only guy Zero kinda-sorta accepts to meet in person, let alone listens to advice from (although [[spoiler:emphasis here is ''guy'')]].



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Gloria gets the final blackmail payment, saves Stark's life, and then has to leave the country]].



%%* GoodIsNotNice

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%%* GoodIsNotNice* GoodIsNotNice: Daryl Zero is a GreatDetective. He's also a misanthrope.



%%* HackerCave - the final scene

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%%* HackerCave - the final scene* HackerCave: Daryl Zero's house is a Lebowski-style RoomFullOfCrazy, with a corner full of computers.



%%* MouthOfSauron: As Zero's representaive Arlo is a good guy example of this trope.

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%%* * MouthOfSauron: As Zero's representaive representative (because Zero refuses to meet clients... or almost any other human being... in person) Arlo is a good guy example of this trope.



%%* SherlockHomage: Zero himself.

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%%* * SherlockHomage: Daryl Zero himself.himself. [[spoiler:With Gloria Sullivan (the aforementioned paramedic estranged daughter blackmailer) as his personal Irene Adler]].



* TheWatson: Arlo receives the exposition, though Darryl also explains his tactics to his memoir.

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* TheWatson: Arlo receives the exposition, though Darryl also explains his tactics to his memoir. It ends up being deconstructed in that the constant stupid games and hoops that Zero has forced Arlo through, by the time of the film, have reached their breaking point and he not only has needed to seek therapy but also makes it pretty clear to Zero that this is his OneLastJob (and by the time of the epilogue, looks like he made good on his word).


%%* DefectiveDetective

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%%* DefectiveDetective* DefectiveDetective: The central premise of the film is that Darryl is the world's greatest detective while also being a complete loser in his personal life.



%%* MyHeroZero

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%%* MyHeroZero* MyHeroZero: Darryl Zero is the hero.



%%* TheWatson

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%%* TheWatson* TheWatson: Arlo receives the exposition, though Darryl also explains his tactics to his memoir.


1998 feature film starring Bill Pulman as DefectiveDetective Daryl Zero and Creator/BenStiller as TheWatson Steve Arlo.

Daryl Zero, a brilliant but reclusive private eye, traditionally works from afar with assistant Steve Arlo as his representative in the field. Socially awkward and inept but extraordinarily confident in his deductive abilities, Zero keeps himself locked in his apartment where he composes [[DreadfulMusician awful songs on his guitar]] and subsists on a diet of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood tuna, Tab, pretzels, Campbell's soup]], and amphetamines. Zero and Arlo are retained by CorruptCorporateExecutive Gregory Stark to investigate who is blackmailing him and stole his keys. Immediately, Zero is thrown into a quirky world of seduction, intrigue, comedy and double-crosses.

Pretty obviously based on the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A Scandal In Bohemia", down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot - almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel - although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Raymond Chandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.

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1998 feature mystery-comedy film directed by written and directed by Jake Kasdan (son of Creator/LawrenceKasdan), starring Bill Pulman as DefectiveDetective Creator/BillPullman and Creator/BenStiller.

[[Creator/DefectiveDetective
Daryl Zero and Creator/BenStiller as TheWatson Steve Arlo.

Daryl Zero,
Zero]] (Pullman), a brilliant but reclusive private eye, traditionally works from afar with assistant [[TheWatson Steve Arlo Arlo]] (Stiller) as his representative in the field. Socially awkward and inept but extraordinarily confident in his deductive abilities, Zero keeps himself locked in his apartment where he composes [[DreadfulMusician awful songs on his guitar]] and subsists on a diet of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood tuna, Tab, pretzels, Campbell's soup]], and amphetamines. Zero and Arlo are retained by CorruptCorporateExecutive Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal) to investigate who is blackmailing him and stole his keys. Immediately, Zero is thrown into a quirky world of seduction, intrigue, comedy and double-crosses.

Pretty obviously based on the Literature/SherlockHolmes story "A Scandal In in Bohemia", down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot - -- almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel - -- although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Raymond Chandler Creator/RaymondChandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.


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* {{Expy}}: Daryl Zero is obviously one of these to Franchise/SherlockHolmes, although in his reclusiveness and refusal to leave his apartment unless ''absolutely'' necessary he also shares some similarities with Literature/NeroWolfe.


Pretty obviously based on the SherlockHolmes story A Scandal In Bohemia, down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot - almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel - although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Raymond Chandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.

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Pretty obviously based on the SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes story A "A Scandal In Bohemia, Bohemia", down to specific traits that Zero and Holmes share and the eventual resolution of the plot - almost everything in the film has a direct Holmes parallel - although where it doesn't swipe from Holmes, it's doing a Raymond Chandler riff. It's arguably one of the best Holmes adaptations out there, even if Pullman's a bit bland for the role. A hidden gem CultClassic, and highly recommended for lovers of the mystery genre.


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* ArcWords: Zero's motto "Passion is the enemy of precision."
* AssholeVictim: Stark.
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ArcWords: Zero's motto "Passion is the enemy of precision."
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* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Arlo
* DefectiveDetective

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* %%* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Arlo
* %%* DefectiveDetective



* GoodIsNotNice
* GPSEvidence
* HackerCave - the final scene

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* %%* GoodIsNotNice
* %%* GPSEvidence
* %%* HackerCave - the final scene



* HyperAwareness

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* %%* HyperAwareness



* MouthOfSauron: As Zero's representaive Arlo is a good guy example of this trope.
* MyHeroZero

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* %%* MouthOfSauron: As Zero's representaive Arlo is a good guy example of this trope.
* %%* MyHeroZero



* SherlockHomage: Zero himself.
* SherlockScan
* TheyHaveTheScent
* TheWatson
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:"And though I never would've anticipated it, in the end she did for me what I have done for so many: help solve a problem, first by observation, then by careful intervention... in other words, the Zero Effect."]]

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* %%* SherlockHomage: Zero himself.
* %%* SherlockScan
* %%* TheyHaveTheScent
* %%* TheWatson
* TitleDrop: [[spoiler:"And though I never would've anticipated it, in the end she did for me what I have done for so many: help solve a problem, first by observation, then by careful intervention... in other words, the Zero Effect."]]"]]
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* BlackmailBackfire: A running sub-plot though out the movie is Stark wanting to set one of these up (by arming himself and shooting the blackmailer if he ever meets him face-to-face) because the situation is making him incredibly paranoid and skittish. Arlo manages to talk him out of it once, the investigation gets a fire put under it because of this, and finally it doesn't happens [[spoiler: because Stark ends up having a heart attack, forcing the blackmailer (his estranged paramedic daughter) to save his life]].

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* BlackmailBackfire: A running sub-plot though out throughout the movie is Stark wanting to set one of these up (by arming himself and shooting the blackmailer if he ever meets him face-to-face) because the situation is making him incredibly paranoid and skittish. Arlo manages to talk him out of it once, the investigation gets a fire put under it because of this, and finally it doesn't happens [[spoiler: because Stark ends up having a heart attack, forcing the blackmailer (his estranged paramedic daughter) to save his life]].

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* BlackmailBackfire: A running sub-plot though out the movie is Stark wanting to set one of these up (by arming himself and shooting the blackmailer if he ever meets him face-to-face) because the situation is making him incredibly paranoid and skittish. Arlo manages to talk him out of it once, the investigation gets a fire put under it because of this, and finally it doesn't happens [[spoiler: because Stark ends up having a heart attack, forcing the blackmailer (his estranged paramedic daughter) to save his life]].

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* BeleagueredAssistant: Arlo. It does ''not'' helps any that Zero asks him to do insane things like flying to an airport halfway across the country to hear a request from him over the phone (which he's giving ''from the next booth over'') to go check some facts on the same place he just left. The opening scene of the movie is Arlo talking to a potential client about the professionalism of Daryl, intercut with him giving a screaming tirade to a therapist about how Zero's eccentricity is driving ''him'' crazy.


* CaptainsLog/PrivateEyeMonologue: Seeing as how the narration is from Zero's memoirs but used in context. Think Series/BurnNotice.

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* CaptainsLog/PrivateEyeMonologue: CaptainsLog / PrivateEyeMonologue: Seeing as how the narration is from Zero's memoirs but used in context. Think Series/BurnNotice.

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* CaptainsLog/PrivateEyeMonologue: Seeing as how the narration is from Zero's memoirs but used in context. Think Series/BurnNotice.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Arlo


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* TheHermit: Zero's self imposed isolation is part of his process, getting involved makes one less objective.


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* MouthOfSauron: As Zero's representaive Arlo is a good guy example of this trope.

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