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Envy | 2004 | PG-13 | - 4.4.5

A man (Jack Black) develops a spray that when applied to animal droppings makes them disappear, and becomes rich overnight. Having initially scoffed at the invention and refused to invest in it, his neighbor and best friend (Ben Stiller) becomes extremely envious and is convinced by a stranger (Christopher Walken) to try and destroy his friend's success. Also with Amy Poehler and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Barry Levinson. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman wearing a tight-fitting, lacy outfit kisses her husband, leans back on a laundry table, wraps her legs around him and tells him she wants to have sex with him. A man and a woman hug and kiss (they're married), a man and a woman kiss (they're also married), and another man and woman kiss (also married). Three men sit in a hot tub together (presumably nude, and we see their bare chests) and one talks about the size of their respective endowments. A woman grabs her husband by the legs and holds onto him with her face ending up in his crotch; when a friend walks in he assumes something sexual is going on. Two men hug (in a friendly fashion). We see two married couples sleeping (in two separate houses and beds). A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A man wears a tank T-shirt and we see his bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man shoots an arrow, in the distance we hear a moan and a groan, we see a man with an arrow in his back, and the man who shot the arrow panics and thinks he killed the man (the man is not dead). A man pulls an arrow out of a man's back. A man shoots an arrow, in the distance we hear a whinny, and then we see a horse lying on the ground with an arrow sticking out of its neck (the horse is dead). A man has trouble burying a horse: he tries to push the carcass in a hole with a 4-wheeler and runs into it a couple of times. A bloated dead horse floats down a river, a dead horse dangles from a crane, and a dead horse is tied to the top of a van, covered with a tarp and driven around (we see stiff legs sticking in the air and tail hair gets caught in the windshield wipers). A man jumps onto a fast-spinning merry-go-round and is flung off, then another man tries and he too is thrown off crashing into a target and landing on the ground. A woman yells at her husband, grabs him by the legs and holds on. A man threatens a man on the telephone. A man grieves over his missing horse. A threatening looking man talks to a man and a man yells at another man. A husband and wife argue in a few scenes and during one argument she takes their two children in a car and leaves him. A merry-go-round explodes. A man touches a maple syrup stain on a man's pants and then licks his finger. A dog defecates and we see the pile of feces on the ground.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 31 scatological terms (some are seen written on placards), 8 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 18 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a few scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Envy, jealousy, success, greed, friendship, love, making mistakes, dreams, inventions, focus, politics, death of a pet, pressure, guilt, environmental protection, life, lying, blackmail, dead horse jokes.

MESSAGE - Few things are as dangerous as the sudden appearance of large quantities of money.

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