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2006-03-30 12:35

Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack Black) are best friends, neighbours 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.

The flames of jealousy are fanned by an oddball drifter named J-Man (Christopher Walken) who takes it upon himself to help fix Tim's situation, but only causes Tim's life to careen more wildly out of control...taking Nick's with it.

What the critics are saying:

"Barry Levinson's attempt to match the Farrelly Brothers in adolescent goofiness has its laughs, but it's really a movie that's afraid of itself."
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

"The movie is funny, yes, but not really funny enough."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Envy isn't a comedy so much as a welter of mugging, pratfalls and goofy attitudes struggling to coalesce into a comedy."
- Gene Seymour, Newsday

A tiresome, one-note comedy about a man who strikes it rich by inventing a dog poo zapper.

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