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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 becomes jealous, putting an increasing amount of tension between the two. Also starring Rachel Weisz, Envy was written by first-time screenwriter Steve Adams from an idea concocted by Adams and Seinfeld creator Larry David.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


Ben Stiller
as Tim Dingman
Jack Black
as Nick Vanderpark
Rachel Weisz
as Debbie Dingman
Amy Poehler
as Natalie Vanderpark
Ariel Gade
as Lula Dingman
Sam Lerner
as Michael Dingman
Lily Jackson
as Nellie Vanderpark
Connor Matheus
as Nathan Vanderpark
Hector Elias
as Eduardo
Angee Hughes
as Woman at Play
Terry Bozeman
as 3M Worker
Brian Reddy
as Mr. Parmenter
E.J. Callahan
as Bartender
as Lester
John Marrott
as State Trooper
Daniel Lugo
as Italian Minister
Frank Roman
as Translator
Amy D. Higgins
as Vanderpark Nanny
Curtis Andersen
as Young Kissing Man
Maricela Ochoa
as Dr. Fernandez
Tara Karsian
as Lab Assistant
Ted Rooney
as Upscale Auctioneer
Douglas Roberts
as Downscale Auctioneer
Melissa Pouk
as Girl No. 1 at Play
Ashlynn Rose
as Girl No. 2 at Play
Hannah Rosenberg
as Girl No. 3 at Play
Atiana Coons-Parker
as Girl No. 4 at Play
Jacob Greenblatt
as Boy No. 1 at Play
Cayden Boyd
as Boy No. 2 at Play
Nicholas Sugimoto
as Boy No. 3 at Play
Jaye K. Danford
as Campaign Emcee
Gustavo Hernández
as Pool Worker
Ken Shocknek
as Newscaster
Tracy Dixon
as Teacher at Play
Kent Shocknek
as Newscaster
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News & Interviews for Envy

Critic Reviews for Envy

All Critics (119) | 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

Although the plot is thin, there are elements that are funny.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

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

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

Envy Quotes

Nick Vanderpark: One spray problem solved it's the miracle spray.
– Submitted by Evan T (4 years ago)

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