Mar 20, 2010


Have you ever watched this movie, Envy, by Ben Stiller?

The plot:

Tim and Nick (played by Stiller and Black) are best friends who are also neighbors and co-workers at 3M. Nick is constantly coming up with crazy ideas to get rich quick, and when he invents Vapoorize, a spray that instantly removes dog feces, he actually succeeds. As Nick's wealth continues to grow, so does Tim's envy, as he had initially scoffed at the idea and squandered an opportunity to invest $2,000 and become mega-rich himself. Nick is blissfully unaware of Tim's jealousy, and his generosity only serves to make Tim more envious of him.

Tim's jealousy reaches new levels after J-Man (played by Walken), a bizarre drifter, decides to become his adviser. After a drunken night out, Tim accidentally kills his neighbor's beloved horse, Corkey, and straight away tries to hide the body so Nick does not find out. With the help of J-Man, he succeeds in this, but his jealousy continues to grow, as does Tim's wife's anger - she blames him for them not being rich like their friends.

One night, Nick reveals that he is going to Rome for the debut of Vapoorize there, and gives Tim the opportunity to now join him in a 50/50 partnership. J-Man finds out that Tim is now rich, and immediately tries to gain from this, but fails when Tim shoots another arrow off towards his house and strikes J-Man in the back.

At the end of the film, Corkey is seen floating down a river behind a press conference, and the animal hospital must do tests on him to reveal how he died. It is found that the horse was actually poisoned - Corkey used to eat the apples off Tim's tree, and do his business there. They used Vapoorize to rid their yard of this, and this is what has killed Corkey. Straight away Vapoorize is pulled from the shelves in all stores, and Nick and Tim almost lose all their wealth and glory - until Tim comes up with an invention of his own - Pocket Flan, inspired by Nick and his family's love for the dessert. J-Man is shown at the end of the film in the audience of Tim and Nick's infomercial for Pocket Flan.

Source : Wikipedia

If I were Tim, I will feel the same way when a friend of mine build a big mansion in front of my little house. For me, Tim wasn't only felt jealous, but somehow he felt small in compared with his friend. He's hurt. Why I share this story? I'm not sure.

You can be "Tim" or "Nick". The characters are common and we can find them everywhere in life. Sometimes you'll become one of them too. But I think one of the best things that a friend should probably do is be aware of other friend's feelings. Instead of building a big mansion or a horse stable or a bowling alley inside the house, one should also concentrate on his soft skills. You might say, it is his life/house thus it is his decision to do anything he wants. Yeah, maybe I was wrong.

Or maybe "Tim" should change his perspectives. With so much negativity, he won't be able to step forward.

Hud [11:47] : Noah said: "O my Lord! I do seek refuge with thee from asking thee for that of which I have no knowledge. And unless Thou forgive me and have Mercy on me, I should indeed be lost!"


Sya Isya said...

haven't watch the eh?

suealeen said...

Sya Isya:
Mungkin tak best bagi sesetengah orang.... :)


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