April 30th, 2004


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Still of Ben Stiller, Rachel Weisz, Jack Black, Amy Poehler and Sam Lerner in Envy(left to right) Amy Poehler, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Rachel WeiszJack Black in EnvyStill of Ben Stiller and Jack Black in Envy

A man becomes increasingly jealous of his friend's newfound success.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 4.6/10 (18,358 voted)

Critic's Score: 31/100

Director: Barry Levinson

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Rachel Weisz

Ben Stiller and Jack Black star as Tim and Nick, best friends, neighbors and co-workers, whose equal footing is suddenly tripped up when one of Nick's harebrained get-rich-quick schemes actually succeeds: Vapoorizer, a spray that literally makes dog poop, or any other kind for that matter, evaporate into thin air -- to where exactly is anyone's guess. Tim, who had scoffed at Nick's idea and passed on an opportunity to get in on the deal, can only watch as Nick's fortune -- and Tim's own envy -- grow to equally outrageous proportions. When the flames of jealousy are fanned by an oddball drifter (Walken) who imposes himself into the situation, Tim's life careens wildly out of control ... taking Nick's with it.

Ben Stiller - Tim Dingman
Jack Black - Nick Vanderpark
Rachel Weisz - Debbie Dingman
Amy Poehler - Natalie Vanderpark
Christopher Walken - J-Man
Ariel Gade - Lula Dingman
Sam Lerner - Michael Dingman
Lily Jackson - Nellie Vanderpark
Connor Matheus - Nathan Vanderpark
Hector Elias - Eduardo
Angee Hughes - Woman at Play
Manny Kleinmuntz - Dimitriov
Blue Deckert - Cal
John Gavigan - Les
Terry Bozeman - 3M Worker

Taglines: Success didn't go to his head, it went to his neighbor.


Official Website: Dreamworks Pictures. |

Release Date: 30 April 2004

Filming Locations: Brazil

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,160,886 (USA) (2 May 2004) (2445 Screens)

Gross: $12,181,484 (USA) (23 May 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The scenes featured in the film where Jack Black and Ben Stiller are in Rome were actually shot in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, due to the fact that the film was already over-budget and shooting in Italy would have been significantly more expensive.

Continuity: After Tim shoots the horse with the arrow, he then approaches the fallen horse and the arrow is sticking out of the horse's right side. However, the horse originally fell on its left side.

Bosco: Tim?
Tim Dingman: Yeah.
Bosco: Tim?
Tim Dingman: Yeah.
Bosco: You're Tim?
Tim Dingman: Yeah I'm Tim.

User Review

When Rachel Weisz and Christopher Walken are funnier than Ben Stiller and Jack Black in a comedy, you know there has to be something wrong with the movie.


Weak, underdeveloped, and very painful to watch attempt at comedy by Barry Levinson that is a real eyesore in many, many ways. First, it has a plot that only a 30 minute sitcom could hold and second, it makes Ben Stiller and Jack Black look like rank amateurs that just started out from stand up comedy. It makes them both look bad in ways that can't really be defined. Nether of the actors is able to make this bad script work, and they fail miserably while trying. The direction is also pretty bad, and it makes Barry Levinson look like a inspiring film student with no talent, and judging by the last few films that he has made, he should stop before they kick him out of Hollywood all together. This movie is more his fault than the actors involved and you can see that by how bad certain scenes were staged and the way the movie feels in certain places. The film does have its funny moments with Christopher Walken doing his quaky best to keep the audience interested in what is going on, and Rachel Weisz, who gives a funny performance with a very underwritten character. Too bad nether of them are able to get pass the bad direction and lousy script that makes this film so bad in the first place.

Avoid this film like the plague.