Tim (Stiller) and Nick (Black) are buddies, neighbors, and coworkers at a sandpaper plant. Nick is a dreamer who's constantly coming up with wacky inventions that Tim reminds him are impossible or impractical. One of these ideas is Vapoorize, a spray that makes dog doo disappear. When Tim passes on a chance to get in on the deal and the spray becomes a monster success, his wife's (Weisz) scorn triggers a jealousy that sends him on a trail of petty revenge on Nick. Uneven comedy is elevated by the gleefully manic performance of Walken, as Tim's criminal inspiration, the J-Man. Black's clueless immersion in the overly opulent lifestyle is a kick, as well.
Hilarious or hated dj101092 at 2008-04-04 22:46:42
I laughed so hard I was crying through most of this movie but pretty much everyone else I know hated it. There is no middle ground with this movie. Black's innocence and commitment to the most ridiculous of inventions that works for no logical reason and Stiller's voice of reason and eventual jealously when one of Black's ideas actually works without any logic, is a fascinating character study as well as a crazy setup for this madcap comedy. I still laugh every time I think of any of the scenes with Black's horse. Christopher Walken is at his absurd best. Give it 15 minutes to take hold. If you don't feel it in the first 15 minutes, turn it off and go grab Flirting with Disaster or School of Rock but don't miss out on giving this film a chance. It is one of the best or worst Stiller, Black, or Walken films you will ever see.