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Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather surpri sing effect on two old buddies. Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) and Tim Di ngman (Ben Stiller) are best friends and next-door neighbors who work to gether at a sandpaper factory. Nick and Tim often find themselves wishi ng for something more from life, and Nick has a habit of dreaming up har ebrained get-rich-quick schemes that u sually end in disaster. Tim is pa rticularly appalled by Nick's latest idea, "Vapoorizer," a cleaning prod uct which will make pet fec es magically disappear, but to their shock, it turns out to be an incredible success, and before long Nick is wealth y beyond his wil dest dreams. Tim, however, is still the same guy gettin g by in suburbia he's always been, and soon Tim finds himself bitterly r esent ful 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 eccent ric drifter (Christopher Walken) who offers him some not-so-friendly adv ice on getting even with his old friend. Envy also sta rs Rachel Weisz a nd Amy Poehler as Tim and Nick's much-put-upon spouses.]]>
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Given the cast: Walken, Stiller, Black, Pohler, you expect some hilarity. This isn't really that movie. There were some comical moments - not "funny" but comical. It's a movie about poo! Yes, I'm over 10 and I still think that has the potential to be funny. It is also about the boom bust of inventions and market acceptance. There were a lot of ways this could go that would have beefed it up.
If you're looking for silly funny, this is not that movie. This is almost deep. But didn't go far enough to be deep nor stay light enough to be absurdly funny. It got itself stuck in no man's land. I had to pause the movie a few times to take a break from it. I endured this movie. It was an endurance event not an enjoyable experience.
The pace was on par with a lower budget film from the 80s. It's forgettable. Perhaps there was no direction from the Director. Or the Producer chopped it up? If that was the script as designed, I'd shy away from movies by that script writer. Perhaps the writer was hoping for more improv on set?
I'm sad to say, I recommend against spending any money on this. Even if it becomes a prime movie, consider how valuable your time is. If your time is worth more than $8/hr, get yourself better entertainment than this movie.