Review by Ross Anthony

Ben Stiller ("Meet the Parents") and Jack Black ("Shallow Hal") star in the outrageous comedy "Envy," under the direction of Academy Award winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man").

Tim (Ben Stiller) and Nick (Jack 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 - to where exactly is anyone's guess. 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 (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 ... and Nick's with it.

The film also stars Rachel Weisz ("About a Boy") and Amy Poehler (TV's "Saturday Night Live"), with Ving Rhames ("Mission: Impossible I & II") and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter," "Catch Me If You Can").

  • Envy. Copyright © 2003.

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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