Actors: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Envy|
| This is a story of two best friends Tim and Nick, they are also neighbors and co-workers. Nick and Tim had an equal standard of living but one day Nick gets a crazy get rich quick idea of lunching a dog poop spray called the Vaporizer, which actually succeeds. A spray that literally makes dog poop or any other kind of poop evaporates.
Nick asked Tim to invest in his crazy idea of Vaporizer but Tim didn't think that Nick's idea will work and Tim didn't invest his money in Nick's idea. Tim can only watch Nicks growing fortune and become jealousy. Tim accidentally kills Nick's beloved horse with an aero and asks a man he met in bar for help him get ride of the horse.
Nick shows that he is a true best friend and makes Tim his fifty percent partner in his business. Tim was been blackmailed by the man helped with the horse but at the end Tim tells Nick about the accidental death of his horse and Nick forgives him. It was later found out by the doctor that the house never died by aero, the horse died by the poisons poop spray which leads to shut down their business. Now after losing everything Tim gets another big crazy idea which makes them rich again.
--Faiza Iqtidar, Resident Scholar
|Tim Dingman (Stiller) and Nick Vanderpark (Black) are best friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Dingman is a hardworking, nitpicky manager at the plant and Vanderpark is an annoying, overly pleasant underachiever. Vanderpark has a business idea (again!) but Dingman is practical and can't afford to invest in what he deems a silly idea.
Fast forward a few months and we see that Vanderpark's invention works and he is a billionaire. He invented a spray that dissipates animal feces. Soon he remodels his home and builds a mansion next door to Dingman who can't believe the stupid luck his friend is having.
In steps J-Man (Christopher Walken) who urges Dingman to take revenge on his friend. Dingman drunkenly agrees and ends up killing Vanderpark's horse. J-Man and Dingman try unsuccessfully to hide the crime from Vanderpark whose life quickly falls apart when his invention turns out to have unintended consequences.
--P Cohen, Resident Scholar
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of movie:
- present (2000-2010)
Kind of comedy
- rags to riches
How much humor v. drama
- Nearly all humor
- blue collar
- brunette (Black)
- (man) short/standard curly
- (man) very skinny
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- healthy but a geeky weakling
Secondary Main Character
- (man) fat
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Movie makes you feel...
- Occasional swearing
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