Thou Shalt Not Covet
Release Date: April 30, 2004
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: DreamWorks SKG
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Nick Vanderpurk (Jack Black) is a frustrated inventor who works at a sandpaper factory with his best friend and neighbor Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller). On the way to work from their homes in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, Nick is constantly running his ideas past Tim until he hits upon a concept that he can’t get out of his head: a spray that makes dog doo disappear. If he can actually make it work, he’d call it “Va-poo-rize.” Tim thinks it’s impossible and silly, while Nick continues to work with a man from the R&D department at the sandpaper factory. Tim is even offered half interest in the development of the spray. He graciously declines the $2,000 investment despite encouragement to do so from his wife, Debbie (Rachel Weisz), opting for a backyard pool instead.
When Nick actually makes his dream work, he becomes an overnight millionaire. He converts his home into a mansion and fills his yard with batting cages, a carousel, go cart track, archery range; and, that’s just outside! Tim is thrown into a comedy of errors due to the envy he feels toward his friend.
In a fit of “I told you so,” his wife angrily takes the kids and stays at her mother’s house. He melts down at work, insults his boss and loses his job. Tim is then “comforted” at a bar by local bum, J-Mun (Christopher Walken), who tells a story of revenge he meted out to a neighbor boy. The young J-Mun snuck into his neighbor’s house, took his friend’s bb gun and shot a few rounds into his own house. When his own father saw the holes, he went over to the other boy’s house and made sure the child was punished. Inspired by that story, drunken Tim sneaks over to Nick’s house and grabs a bow and arrow from the archery range. When he launches an arrow toward his own home he accidentally kills Nick’s pet horse, Corky, that has been frequently roaming over to Tim’s house to eat from his apple tree.
Of course, Tim can’t tell his best friend that he killed Corky out of a drunken fit of envy, even accidentally. He is ashamed of his own jealousy and can’t face his buddy with the truth of the mishap. To make matters worse, Nick offers Tim a partnership so they can work together again. Can Tim fess up to Nick without losing a friend and a fortune?
ENVY is an enjoyable, funny morality tale of friendship, creativity, persistence, success, envy, betrayal, repentance, unconditional love, and forgiveness. The PG-13 rating reflects a surplus of foul language, making the movie less than positive family fare. Therefore, parents should be very cautious about letting their older children see this movie.
ENVY is an enjoyable, funny morality tale of friendship, creativity, persistence, success, envy, betrayal, repentance, unconditional love, and forgiveness. The PG-13 rating reflects a surplus of foul language, however, making the movie less than positive family fare. Therefore, parents should be cautious about letting their older children see this movie.