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  • Summary: Tim (Stiller) and Nick (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 intoTim (Stiller) and Nick (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. (DreamWorks) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 16 out of 30
  1. The movie works fairly well as a pitch-dark comedy, and very well as a dead-on satire of upward mobility and its discontents.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    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.
  3. The laughs tend to come in fits and starts, built around individual set pieces rather than being generated organically out of the storytelling.
  4. There are a few chuckles here and there, and there are odd wisps of cleverness in the script by Steve Adams, but for the most part, Envy is a film that doesn't know where it's going.
  5. Squandered in foolish horseplay and on a story that zigzags so far out of control that it feels as if the screenwriter, Steve Adams, pasted together a bunch of zany notions in a frantic search for confusion.
  6. 25
    Environmentalists are up in arms. "Where did the shit go?" they want to know. The answer is painfully obvious: into the screenplay.
  7. 10
    In short, every element suggests Envy ought to be amusing, but the only comparably disastrous movie in recent memory involves Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, and a rapping retarded man.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 7 out of 18
  1. Bilbo
    Mar 4, 2006
    9
    How can you give this movie 31 I thought the plot of this movie was quite well planed out. Also both Jack Black did some very nice acting in How can you give this movie 31 I thought the plot of this movie was quite well planed out. Also both Jack Black did some very nice acting in this movie. Expand
  2. MatthewR.
    Jun 28, 2006
    8
    The people that rate these movies have nothing better to do! This movie is way better than all those idiotic "gangsta movies."
  3. Sam
    Dec 20, 2005
    7
    Jack Black and Ben Stiller are capable of being VERY funny, and in Envy they are, but it doesn't really introdouce to the ignorant their Jack Black and Ben Stiller are capable of being VERY funny, and in Envy they are, but it doesn't really introdouce to the ignorant their true genius. Collapse
  4. Jan 26, 2011
    6
    Jack Balck and Stiller play well of each other in this comedy that deals with just what the title proclaims...Envy. It isn't either actorsJack Balck and Stiller play well of each other in this comedy that deals with just what the title proclaims...Envy. It isn't either actors finest work but it does have a few laughs and more than enough chuckles to make it a comedy that Stiller and Black fans will be able to appreciate. If you already know you don't like either actor avoid it, but if you are a fan than Envy will give you enough of what you are looking for to enjoy the show. Expand
  5. May 24, 2013
    3
    The plot of Envy revolves around the invention of a miracle spray that instantly makes dog poop disappear, not the most sophisticated ofThe plot of Envy revolves around the invention of a miracle spray that instantly makes dog poop disappear, not the most sophisticated of scenarios I grant you but some of the great comic movies of recent times have been conceived from less, just look at Wayne's World or Zoolander for examples of that.

    A look a cast list that includes comic talents such as Amy Poehler, Jack Black and Ben Stiller as well as the gorgeous Rachel Weisz would in fact suggest that it would be difficult to make an unfunny movie regardless of plot. Unfortunately, against all the odds, that is exactly what Oscar winning director Barry Levinson has managed to create. To be far to Levinson most of the blame lays solely with the script which is unfocused and uneven making it difficult, even for a cast as talented as that on show, to derive much humour from. Not even an appearance from the ever reliable Christopher Walken can save Envy from being close to a complete mess.
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