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Envy (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Ben Stiller , Jack Black , Barry Levinson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz, Amy Poehler, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: Barry Levinson
  • Writers: Steve Adams
  • Producers: Barry Levinson, Josh McLaglen, Larry David, Mary McLaglen, Paula Weinstein
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM9Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,529 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Envy (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cool movie if you like poop November 28, 2004
By Kolors
The funniest parts of this movie come in the first couple of scenes with Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack Black)going to and from work. The dialogue between them just cracked me up about the tasting of each others pants and "Do you ever just watch your hand?" Funniest parts of the whole movie. Soon thereafter, I realized the engine that was to drive the comedy in this movie was centered around making poop disappear, I knew this film was in trouble.

After the age of 8 or 9 I didn't find anything about poop to be that funny anymore. Unfortunately with the screenwriter of this movie, that wasn't the case. I think the whole "Envy" story could've been easily driven by somthing else. There's funnier things out there than poop.

As far as the acting goes, Ben Stiller and Jack Black did all they could for this movie. Their preformances were fine, so no fault on thier part(except for the fact that they agreed to do this movie). Same goes for Christopher Walken.

To go along with this bad movie is a crappy (no pun intended) DVD. There's a scene index of Black's funniest moments in the movie. Who cares? I just watched it. If I really cared enough about it to see the funniest moments again, I'd torture myself by watching it again. There's also a photo gallery (we all know that's boring) and cast and crew bios. And some production notes. I would just rather them not have any special features so I don't have to waste my time.

In closing, this movie is just a result of a bad and ridiculous idea. Does Hollywood really think we'd find this funny?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the movie, but I guess i'm strange February 5, 2007
I rented this movie one day without having known a single thing about the movie. I read no reviews and all I knew about the movie is who directed it. I like the director's films and the two people in it.

I personally enjoyed the movie and found it quite funny. Even laugh out loud funny. Yes, you read that right. I'm not an idiot and like all kinds of movies and am pretty picky. I have to admit I might have a weird sense of humour.

Anyway, this isn't much of a review. I saw the movie and liked it so much that I immediately rewatched it! That night I checked rotten tomatoes (Review site) and was shocked to find that the movie was totally rotten! I felt a little embarrassed that I liked the movie that much, but who cares!

All my friends hate the movie and think it's garbage. Probably 1/10 people would actually like the movie. Possibly. I just know that I loaned the movie to my mother and she loved it as well! No, we are not a family of idiots as you may be thinking! We also don't smoke drugs.

This is one of those movies I love that everyone else in the world seems to hate. I'm sure you'd had that happen before.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black... WHAT A COMBINATION... November 3, 2004
By C. Kim
I'm a big fan of Ben Stiller and Jack Black- So I picked this DVD from many comedy choices because you can't go wrong with Ben AND Jack combo, right? right?? right???

Wow.. this movie blew me away...I was just sitting and watching while thinking about what I'm gonna eat for dinner...

I write reviews when I wanna tell people how great this video game or DVD is... But I'm writing today to warn you to skip this one; I don't know what it is, but Ben and Jack combo didn't workout.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it should be July 31, 2004
I read the bad reviews before going to see this movie. I refused to belive it when they said that there were no laughs to be found within the first half hour. They were right. The theatre I saw it in was stone cold silent for that time-seriously!! No one was laughing, not even me.
This goes to show how vastly underused the cast of this movie was, especially with solid actors like Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Rachel Weisz and SNL's Amy Poehler, who are all usually hilarious! That being said, Envy is a cute comedy that has some minor laughs and even a few good laughs. Unfortunately, the good laughs are a little too few and far between to make this a great movie. It is still watchable, though.
Also, in several scenes, the boom mikes are very plainly in view. I dont' just mean the tops either, I mean the entire mikes! Maybe the studio just didnt' care. We'll see if the DVD rectifies this.
Watch this movie if you must, but keep your expectations way low.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I want my money back November 4, 2004
This movie was such a let down. Ben Stiller and Jack Black usually make me laugh. Not the case with this movie. At least not often. I wanted to like it, I really did.

The problems? A weak script, hardly any really funny scenes, and two actors who are used to working with much better material.

I'm not going to go into the plot, but I will say that the movie had potential and that movies like this inspire the average man to try his hand at screenwriting.

See ya next review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good!!! July 17, 2004
I know so many people who did not like Envy. In fact, test audiences hated it so much, the film would have gone straight to video had it not been for the success of the totally overhyped School of Rock. But I enjoyed Envy. Granted, it wasn't Oscar material, but hey, I don't think Lord of the Rings was either. Moulin Rouge yes. Chicago definitely. But Envy is what it is, a cute, funny, enjoyable comedy with a great cast and a unique story. Perhaps that's why audiences were turned off. When's the last time anything unique was enjoyed by audiences? I think Envy is judged way too harshly and should be given a chance, especially for fans of Ben Stiller or Jack Black.This isn't their best movie, but it's a very fun one. Grade: B-
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Ben Stiller and Jack Black are so funny in this movie. The story line and writing get an A+ in my book. I couldn't stop laughing, it was an excellent purchase.
Published 17 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite comedies, apparently not for everyone
I have watched this movie a couple of times and I find it way underrated. The plot may seem dumb at first, but it's very well developed and the characters are great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vinicius P.
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Funny
I never liked slapstick humor. I find it very stupid - maybe for kids but not adults. Love Ben Stiller but not in this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Good time movie!
Funny, silly, sweet. What happens when Jack Black invents the product everyone wants? It's a gold mine :) This movie is a Jack Black fan's must see!
Published 2 months ago by Lisa B
3.0 out of 5 stars not the worst, not the best
The movie is decent. It has funny moments, dull moments, and an overall decent message. If you are looking for the kind of comedy that makes your sides hurt 30 minutes in, this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K Mauck
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia
This was one of those oddball movies that kust caught my attention. I found it extremely funny and had to add it to my collection.
Published 4 months ago by andrew petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars 1998 Ben Stiller....
I questioned watching this movie after watching Permanent Midnight with Ben Stiller a couple nights prior. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars Most hilarious underrated movie ever
Even if you don't have a sense of humor you will die laughing. Hardly anyone has ever heard of this movie but I consider it a classic.
Published 6 months ago by Shawna Kellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
I saw this movie when it came out in theaters around 2004, and loved it. I told so many people about it; so few people I know had seen it (present day). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Roughdraft214
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick shipping
This movie is a hidden gem. Most people haven't seen this movie and they should. Christopher Walkin is hilarious. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sarah Latsch
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