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Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather surprising effect on two old buddies. Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) and Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller) are best friends and next-door neighbors who work together at a sandpaper factory. Nick and Tim often find themselves wishing for something more from life, and Nick has a habit of dreaming up harebrained get-rich-quick schemes that usually end in disaster. Tim is particularly appalled by Nick's latest idea, "Vapoorizer," a cleaning product which will make pet feces magically disappear, but to their shock, it turns out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"... one of the worst comedies I've ever seen."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It's a long, long time between chuckles."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Barry Levinson's career slump continues apace with a wannabe black comedy that's neither dark nor funny."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"A primary plot device involves the literal beating of a dead horse -- would they just like to write the reviews for us?"
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
"Envy crawls to its finish through a minefield of poor taste and comedic misfires."
‑ Anthony Breznican, Associated Press
"For an alleged comedy with such star power, Envy reeks enough to wish there was a vaporizer that would make it magically disappear."
‑ Sara Gebhardt, Washington Post
"Charlie Kaufman possibly could have uncovered this story's true smugness. Instead, Jack Black and Ben Stiller exaggerate what works about their styles to the point of annoyance in a can't-miss misfire akin to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's "Neighbors.""
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"...certainly not the flat-out disaster it's been made out to be."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It is in fact consistently adequate and, in places, achieves nothing short of above-averageness."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"Ultimately more amusing than hilarious, and sometimes less than that."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"One of those cinematic curiosities that almost always fade quickly."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Here's my pitch for a product. A spray that causes really bad movies to vaporize into air."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I don't think any critic could have predicted a turkey like this based on the immense level of talent that is involved here."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Not quite as good as it should have been, despite spirited performances from Black and Stiller and Christopher Walken on top crazy bonkers mental form."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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