Envy (2004)



Critic Consensus: Jack Black and Ben Stiller fail to wring laughs from a script that's essentially one extended poop joke.

Movie Info

After delivering a critical and box-office hit with 2001's Bandits, director Barry Levinson once again takes on the comedy genre with Envy. The film stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black as Tim Dingman and Nick Vanderpark, two middle-class working stiffs and life-long pals. When Nick comes up with an invention that does away with pet droppings, he and his wife, Natalie (Amy Poehler), suddenly find themselves obscenely rich. However, Tim has a hard time getting used to his friend's good fortune and … More

Rating: PG-13 (for language and sexual / crude humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Adams, Steve Adams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Box Office: $12.2M
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


as Tim Dingman

as Nick Vanderpark

as Debbie Dingman

as Natalie Vanderpark

as Lula Dingman

as Michael Dingman

as Nellie Vanderpark

as Nathan Vanderpark

as Eduardo

as Woman at Play

as 3M Worker

as Mr. Parmenter

as Bartender

as Lester

as State Trooper

as Italian Minister

as Translator

as Vanderpark Nanny

as Young Kissing Man

as Dr. Fernandez

as Lab Assistant

as Upscale Auctioneer

as Downscale Auctioneer

as Girl No. 1 at Play

as Girl No. 2 at Play

as Girl No. 3 at Play

as Girl No. 4 at Play

as Boy No. 1 at Play

as Boy No. 2 at Play

as Boy No. 3 at Play

as Campaign Emcee

as Pool Worker

as Newscaster

as Teacher at Play

as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Envy

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (35)

With so many dubious elements at play, even the half-good ideas get lost in the shuffle.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Envy crawls to its finish through a minefield of poor taste and comedic misfires.

Full Review… | March 5, 2007
Associated Press
Top Critic

It's a long, long time between chuckles.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Charlie Kaufman possibly could have uncovered this story's true smugness. Instead, Jack Black and Ben Stiller exaggerate what works about their styles to the point of annoyance in a can't-miss misfire akin to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's "Neighbors."

Full Review… | September 25, 2010

Here's my pitch for a product: A spray that causes really bad movies to vaporize into air.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Barry Levinson's career slump continues apace with a wannabe black comedy that's neither dark nor funny.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008

Audience Reviews for Envy

Stop beatin' that dead horse, Ben Stiller.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

Black comedy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. Best friends and neighbours become estranged as one comes up with a new invention to dissolve pooh and gets rich, while the other is very jealous of his friend's success.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


It's not a particularly memorable comedy, but it's fun and original. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Jack Black are the selling point of the movie, along with a crazy appearance by Christopher Walken. It was an interesting story, but it could've been far better considering the talents.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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