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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.

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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.

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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 (117) | Top Critics (35)

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

March 5, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 5, 2007 | Full Review…

The differing styles of the two comedians never meld, but the script is so flabby even an industrial crane couldn't lift it.

September 7, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately more amusing than hilarious, and sometimes less than that.

May 4, 2004

... one of the worst comedies I've ever seen.

May 3, 2004

For an alleged comedy with such star power, Envy reeks enough to wish there was a vaporizer that would make it magically disappear.

April 30, 2004

Audience Reviews for Envy

Stop beatin' that dead horse, Ben Stiller.

Coxxie Mild Sauce
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
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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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