THE ZERO THEOREM Teaser Poster Banned in the US

     July 1, 2014


Remember the “scandal” a few weeks back over the poster of Eva Green from Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For?  Well, it seems the MPAA hasn’t learned from their silly mistakes as they have now banned the teaser poster for Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem.  The film, which has already played around the world and throughout the festival circuit, does not currently have a US release date, so perhaps this bit of censorship will help to get the word out.

The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation; Melanie ThierryTilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star.  Hit the jump for the incredibly offensive and tasteless poster.

As HeyUGuys reports, the following teaser poster for The Zero Theorem was just too much for the MPAA to allow:


The horror … the horror… Here’s what Gilliam himself had to say about the MPAA ban via his Facebook page:

Zero Theorem off to a good start in the US thanks to the Motion Picture Association of America’s censors. They have banned our teaser poster because of a bare butt. Your thoughts, please.

This is a dark day for America, indeed. First the World Cup, now this. I can’t explain the MPAA’s logic. All I can do is offer up links to our recent coverage to The Zero Theorem in hopes of piquing your interest in the film (#butts):

Here’s the official synopsis for The Zero Theorem:

An eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst works on a mysterious project aimed at discovering the purpose of existence – or the lack thereof -once and for all. However, it is only once he experiences the power of love and desire that he is able to understand his very reason for being.



  • Reina



    We gotta get our ourselves.

  • Joe

    Would artistic integrity REALLY be compromised if the view of the man and woman were from the side, or any other angle, as opposed from the rear of a man? This isn’t even smart contoversy or intelligent controversy at all. It’s a waste of time and money. Probably intentional too, but the kind that again, wastes time and money.

    • lordjim

      i don´t believe it´s intentional, i don´t think it´s contoversial at all – you seem to be smoking the same stuff the mpaa smokes, but i´m from europe so i don´t get your “controversies” anyway…

      • Kaine Morrison

        I’m from America, I don’t even get our controversies!

      • Joe

        If you read what I wrote carefully, I said it was a waste of time and money and dismissed any credible controversy the poster is receiving. So you’re a tremendous ass and pathetic dipshit – oh yes! you’re from Europe….so your the one “smoking” and not understanding what the fuck I’m saying : )

      • Falco

        America = fear of sexuality, embrace violence
        Europe = fear of violence, embrace sexuality

      • Falco

        America = fear of sexuality, embrace violence
        Europe = fear of violence, embrace sexuality

      • Long Dong Lincoln

        you want to expose children to posters showing off a man’s dairy air? You people are degenerates.

      • Meepmeep

        The nudity is non-coital (as in non-getting-your-humpies-on…there’s no porking, licking, hole-spreading, erections or fondling going on). It’s just nudity. Granted, I don’t really wanna see the crack, but *shrug*

      • Long Dong Lincoln

        there are laws against public indecency.

  • The Flobbit

    I’d be more concerned about this stupid controversy by the Moronic Pack of Angry Assholes, ahem, Motion Picture Association of America, if that poster was actually a good poster. It’s not…striking or memorable enough to catch my attention.

    But it DOES have that delightful Gilliam weirdness to it. So screw the MPAA!

  • NorCalJ

    Are you sure it’s wasn’t banned because of how terrible the actual design is? Horrible font does not depict or give any real hint at what the film is about., and no tagline. The MPAA is doing the studio and marketing team a favor if you ask me.

    • The Flobbit

      I agree. This is a terrible poster. It’s just ugly, that’s what it is. Ugly.

      The one at the bottom is much better.

      • Falco


        Looks even worse than Marvel’s photoshopped posters

      • James franco

        you clearly haven’t seen the guardians of the galaxy posters

  • Janks

    That’s next-level nanny-country shit.

  • gingerkitty

    I am SO GLAD you posted this! I really needed to laugh.

    AND I needed to learn more about this film.

    However, I agree with others that the lower poster is better. It is so Terry Gilliam.

  • Kinanswer

    Adverts on a bus showing worms coming out of eyeballs, yes! Bums? NO!

  • JackiBoldenypt

    Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
    on the computer . see post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  • Mixed race rich kid NYC

    Why do liberals want to bring their immoral tendencies to our children?
    They now want movie posters to feature areola, bare breasts and now naked butts?
    We have men kissing on espn. We respect every religion except Christianity, Jehovah’s Witness or Protestantism
    I don’t like the way this country is inviting God’s wrath.
    Terry Gilliam is one of the most overrated directors I had the misfortune to know (12 monkeys was good I guess). This guy is so petty now that he’s promoting his latest kitsch by controversy…
    You know you’re done if it is the only way to make people interested in your work.

    • doctor_robot

      are you making funnies, or just a moron?

      • Ruprect

        If you have the stomach for it, read some of his previous posts. You’ll soon be convinced, as I and most of the other regulars here are, that the answer is definitely (b) … moron.

      • Daniel Rodriguez

        Wasn’t he banned already?

    • milo

      “movie posters to feature areola, bare breasts”

      First of all, that’s redundant.
      Second, who exactly wants movie posters to feature bare breasts? That’s the first mention I’ve heard of that, I don’t know of any posters like that (although I assume there have been posters like that in other countries).

  • Colin Christian

    Religion.Holding the human race back for over 2000 years.

    • Matthew the Dyybuk

      not hardly. do your research.

      • doctor_robot

        what… are you thinking longer than 2000 years? because i would agree.

    • The Flobbit

      Colin Christian. Making sweeping, stupid statements that reveal his ignorance.

      When on earth did religion enter a discussion about the MPAA banning a movie poster?

  • Sam J.

    The headline is a bit misleading. “Banned in the U.S.” implies that the government has banned it or something. With that said, I hope more stories pop up showing the absurdity of the MPAA. They have way too much power over the movie industry.

  • Sam J.

    The headline is a bit misleading. “Banned in the U.S.” implies that the government has banned it or something. With that said, I hope more stories pop up showing the absurdity of the MPAA. They have way too much power over the movie industry.

    • milo

      Agreed. The MPAA didn’t approve this poster, but using “banned” and “censorship” makes it sound like it’s the government doing it. It is misleading.

  • doctor_robot

    so sad. america… violence good, nipples bad. oh, butts are bad, too.

  • tone420

    this link is basically the same story… except it has RELEASE DATES!

    Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem” drops August 19th On Demand and September 19th in theaters.


  • Fabdex

    Gilliam: “Yout thoughts please”.

    Here they are: You, sir, are the most overrated director in movie history.