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Review of Envy
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If you haven't seen it, I envy you!

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Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack Black) are best friends, neighbours and co-workers. Tim is rising slowly through the ranks of middle-management and reaping the rewards of his efforts, such as a new Kidney shaped pool, whilst his best friend Nick has his head stuck firmly in dreamland. However after witnessing a dog owner cleaning up his dog’s mess, Nick has a get-rich-quick idea and offers Tim in on the deal. Sensible Tim declines the foolish concept, but unfortunately the new product actually works and almost limitless wealth falls into his Nicks hands. Tim must now watch with envious eyes as Nick enjoys the fruits of his new found wealth. Tim’s wife Debbie isn’t pleased because of their lost opportunity for wealth and as jealousy eats away at them both, Tim looses his family and his job. Enter the J-Man (Christopher Walken), as a guy-in-the-bar who encourages Tim to strike back at his nemesis. A drunken Tim takes him up on the offer and a series of consistently unfunny mishaps ensues. This is supposed to be a comedy with the potential for a moral tale, but it fails in both. Comedy moments are strained and it’s very hard to laugh at Ben Stiller, unless you are laughing at his acting of course, which in this film got him nominated for a Razzie (as worst actor). What could have been a modern day ‘It’s a wonderful life’ ends up just a silly tale of businessmen willing to pollute the world and sweep the evidence under the carpet in pursuit of wealth. As such it’s very hard to like either character and the movie ends with you wishing you hadn’t watched it at all. If you haven't seen this movie, I envy you!

1/10
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Added by Nonfictionguy 5 years ago
on 1 April 2009 07:36



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