Two friends work at a sandpaper company. Nick is a guy who is constantly coming up with crazy ideas for inventions, much to the agony of Tim. But one day, one of Nick’s inventions actually works. “Vapoorizer” is a spray that literally makes doggie doo-doo vanish, and is a big success.
Nick is stinkin’ rich, but since Tim (who is stubborn and doesn’t believe any of Nick’s ideas) bowed out of paying for his half of the patent, he is still stuck in his old house and Nick is across the street in an uber-mansion, the kind of mansion in movies where they have improbable bowling alleys and 30-foot beds in rooms where you enter through a swivel-door. Tim’s envy suddenly hits and chaos ensues. —Efilmcritic.com
One of the more versatile American filmmakers of his generation, Barry Levinson’s movies showcased subjects as diverse as the immigrant experience, mob intrigue, and political satire. He earned particular acclaim for his semi-autobiographical portraits of life in 1950s Baltimore, a topic that he explored to great effect in Diner, his 1982 directorial debut.
Born in Baltimore on June 2, 1942, Levinson was the son of a warehouse manager. Initially intent on a career in the media, he studied Broadcast Journalism in college but didn’t remain there long enough to earn a degree. He instead switched his interests to acting and standup comedy, and, after serving a stint as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show, he was hired by producer Mel Brooks. The first film to carry a screenwriter credit for Levinson (in the company of several other writers) was Silent Movie (1976); this was followed by Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977), which also featured Levinson as a vengeful bellboy in the film… read more