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Tim and Nick are best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds. Tim, who had poo-pooed Nick's idea and passed on an opportunity to get in on the deal, can only watch as Nick's fortune—and Tim's own envy—grow to equally outrageous proportions.
Comedy - It's a basic comedy that gets a little silly at times due to the
nutty, over the top, character Jack Black plays. I don't believe
most will find it to be too silly, especially those who are fans of
Jack Black's style of humor.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 28 S-words, 2 GD's, several others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some very mild accidental violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking. ACTION: None COMEDY: A few good chuckles, but overall not a lot of humor for a comedy.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor It's remarkably appropriate that "Envy" is about turds, because that's what the movie is. This movie has languished on its distributor's shelves for a long time. Now, having experienced this 99-minute endurance trial, it's not hard to understand Dreamworks' reluctance to release it.
Roger EbertFull Review Average Because Stiller and Black are in the movie, it contains laughs, and because Christopher Walken is in the movie, it contains more laughs. So the movie is funny, yes, but not really funny enough.
USA TodayFull Review Average Envy is in the unenviable position of saddling two of Hollywood's most talented comic actors with a script that doesn't do them justice. Although there are a handful of laughs, we long for more, given that the movie boasts Jack Black and Ben Stiller.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 122 moviegoer opinions. Teens and twentysomething males are the ones who enjoyed "Envy" the most. There opinions are pretty high with very few low opinions. For these groups I can recommend seeing it.
Twentysomething females and adults, both male and female, didn't care much for "Envy." Less than half rated it as high as "Very Good," with very few "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. Just as importantly, there were a significant number of low opinions of "Fair" and "Poor." This indicates an average to below average movie at best. For these groups I would say "Envy" is one to save for a rental.
Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack Black) are best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds: Vapoorizer, a spray that literally makes dog poop, or any other kind for that matter, evaporate into thin air. Tim, who had poo-pooed Nick's idea and passed on an opportunity to get in on the deal, can only watch as Nick's fortune—and Tim's own envy—grow to equally outrageous proportions. The flames of jealousy are fanned by an oddball drifter named J-Man (Christopher Walken) who takes it upon himself to help fix Tim's situation, but only causes Tim's life to careen more wildly out of control…taking Nick's with it.