The Zero Theorem

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

The Zero Theorem

2014 R 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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Terry Gilliam's madcap science fiction epic The Zero Theorem stars two-time Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst. Living in isolation in a burnt-out church, Qohen is obsessively working on a mysterious project personally delegated to him by Management (Matt Damon) aimed at discovering the meaning of life, or the complete lack of one, once and for all.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that, like many of director Terry Gilliam's other films, The Zero Theorem is complex, dark, smart, and quite dazzling. It plays with many ideas and isn't easy to pin down or label; as such, it's likely to inspire strong opinions on both sides. There's some strong language, much spoken by a teen, including "f--k" and "s--t." Other content includes nudity, mostly female toplessness, as main characters enter a website to kiss and have virtual sex. (The female character doesn't want to be touched in real life.) There's a brief scene of violence as the character rampages and tries to destroy a computer and a brief scene of drinking at a party. This will be something that film buffs will want to check out, but it's best for older teens and up.

Sexual Content

A woman flirts with the main character at a party. She wears a tight "sexy nurse" outfit with cleavage shown; there's also a close-up of her behind. She explains that she wants to have sex but never lets anything inside her. So instead they meet on a website where they virtually kiss. Images of naked women are shown on the website, and the main female character appears topless. The main character also appears naked; his bottom is seen.


The character goes on a brief rampage, trying to wreck a computer, throwing things, pulling cables out, and trying to smash things. There's an explosion. Some tense, confrontational conversations.


One supporting character, a teen, uses quite a bit of strong language, including several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." "Bitch" is also used.

Social Behavior

The main character learns that interaction with humans can be beneficial and that making his own choices, rather than waiting for something to happen, is preferable. There are other themes mixed up in the complex narrative, including the idea suggested by the title -- that hopefully everything does not equal nothing. Individual viewers will likely take away other conclusions and different ideas.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adult characters drink cocktails at a party.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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