Envy (Widescreen Edition)
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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.
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.
IF YOU WANT TO SPEND YOUR MONEY TO FRUSTRATE YOURSELF, THEN PLEASE GO AHEAD. OTHER THAN THAT...SKIP IT.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious! There are a couple of parts to get slightly inappropriate so I don't recommend this movie for children or younger teens but I will definitely watch this movie again!Published 28 days ago by Andrea
This isn't a great movie but it has its moments. It is fun to watch a movie that was filmed early in the careers of Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz, and Amy Pohler. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wes Brockway
one of my favorite movies. random comedy at its finest. christoper walken's character is the best. very underrated moviePublished 7 months ago by M. McFarren