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Envy (2004)

Cast: Mark Ginther, Carrick O'Quinn, Tad Griffith, more...
Director: Barry Levinson
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Studio: DreamWorks
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, Italy
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather surprising effect on two old buddies. Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) and Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller) are best friends and next-door neighbors who work together at a sandpaper factory. Nick and Tim often find themselves wishing for something more from life, and Nick has a habit of dreaming up harebrained get-rich-quick schemes that usually end in disaster. Tim is particularly appalled by Nick's latest idea, "Vapoorizer," a cleaning product which will make pet feces magically disappear, but to their shock, it turns out to be an incredible success, and before long Nick is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. Tim, however, is still the same guy getting by in suburbia he's always been, and soon Tim finds himself bitterly resentful of his old friend. As Nick gets richer, Tim gets angrier, and he develops a drinking problem. One night, in a bar, Tim meets an eccentric drifter (Christopher Walken) who offers him some not-so-friendly advice on getting even with his old friend. Envy also stars Rachel Weisz and Amy Poehler as Tim and Nick's much-put-upon spouses. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Out of the mainstream-- but still fun. by talltale October 8, 2004 - 8:24 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
ENVY is better than you may have heard. It features Barry Levinson's trademark low-key, deadpan comedy style applied to an over-the-top story--a combination that keeps the film from detonating prematurely. Stiller and Black work well together (the women's roles are not nearly as interesting, which is true in most of Levinson's work) and Christopher Walken carves another notch in his record of weird but memorable performances. Overall, the movie is weird, too, but it's never less than entertaining (and its "take" on infomercials is savvy and fun). This is not really a mainstream movie, however, so members more at ease with stuff like "Raising Helen," "Jersey Girl" (or many of Ben Stiller's other comedies) should probably look elsewhere.

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