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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 (110 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 (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JM9Z
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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16 of 19 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
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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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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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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem March 21, 2006
Envy is a flat-out hilarious movie. Ben Stiller and Jack Black play off of each other perfectly, and Christopher Walken is absolute comic genius - you'll be quoting his lines for days after you see this, I assure you. That is, if you *have* a sense of humor, which some people evidently don't.

The plot has already been detailed by several other reviewers - Jack Black gets rich from his Vapoorize invention, and Ben Stiller (his best friend and neighbor) drives himself crazy with envy, to the point where he loses his job, shoots Jack's prized horse Corky with a bow and arrow, and befriends The J-Man (Walken), which is a whole other kettle of fish.

The problem people seem to be having with this movie is that it doesn't fit into their perfect little definition of what a comedy should be - well, that's just too bad. Envy marches to the beat of its own quirky drummer, and if you lighten up and stop trying to analyze the movie critically, you'll enjoy it for what it is - a silly, simple comedy with likeable characters and instantly-memorizable dialogue.

Have Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Christopher Walken all appeared in "better" movies than this one? Sure, but that doesn't mean that this movie is bad. It's a shame that Envy has received such poor reviews, as I find it to be a feel-good movie that one can enjoy many times over, and as such it has become something of a classic in my group of friends.

The soundtrack is also excellent - completely odd songs which perfectly match the movie, including the marvelous use of the traditional "Happy Wanderer" song during the scene in which Stiller and Walken attempt to get rid of Corky's body.

If you're still unsure, go ahead and rent this. But I'm willing to bet that if you have a lighthearted sense of humor, you'll end up buying it anyway :) I highly recommend this movie.
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