Envy (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

Barry Levinson directed this comedy in which success has a rather surprising effect on two old buddies. Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black) and Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller) are best friends and next-door neighbors who work together at a sandpaper factory. Nick and Tim often find themselves wishing for something more from life, and Nick has a habit of dreaming up harebrained get-rich-quick schemes that usually end in disaster. Tim is particularly appalled by Nick's latest idea, "Vapoorizer," a cleaning product which will make pet feces magically disappear, but to their shock, it turns out to be an incredible success, and before long Nick is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. Tim, however, is still the same guy getting by in suburbia he's always been, and soon Tim finds himself bitterly resentful of his old friend. As Nick gets richer, Tim gets angrier, and he develops a drinking problem. One night, in a bar, Tim meets an eccentric drifter (Christopher Walken) who offers him some not-so-friendly advice on getting even with his old friend. Envy also stars Rachel Weisz and Amy Poehler as Tim and Nick's much-put-upon spouses.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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Critic Reviews for Envy

All Critics (118) | 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

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