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Envy (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  30 April 2004 (USA)
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A man becomes increasingly jealous of his friend's newfound success.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lula Dingman
Lily Jackson ...
Nellie Vanderpark
Nathan Vanderpark
Angee Hughes ...
Woman at Play
Manny Kleinmuntz ...
Terry Bozeman ...
3M Worker


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. Written by Anonymous

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Success didn't go to his head, it went to his neighbor. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual/crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'envie  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,160,886 (USA) (30 April 2004)


$12,181,484 (USA) (21 May 2004)

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Did You Know?


The movie having been shot almost two years before it was released in theaters was in danger of being released straight to video due to poor audience response during test screenings. It was only due to School of Rock (2003)'s huge success that it finally got a theatrical release. See more »


When Debbie puts the can of Vapoorize on the counter, its cover changes between shots. See more »


Nick Vanderpark: How do I know where the shit goes?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, viewers see a TV infomercial for Dingman and Vanderpark's new invention, Pocket Flan. See more »


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Written by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller & Antonia Ridge
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while not great...
18 April 2005 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

this movie doesn't deserve to be called the worst ever. This weekend I saw two movies that were less entertaining than Envy: they were Dickie Roberts and Van Hellsing. Now, those two movies were just stupid. While Envy didn't really make me laugh, I did find it somewhat entertaining. All the things Nick buys once he makes his millions was funny. Plus, just the concept and demonstration of his invention was amusing. And all the people picketing at his wife's political office asking "where does the **it go", which is exactly what Tim asks. I didn't really care for Christopher Walken's character. I didn't think the J-man added much.

FINAL VERDICT: I'm not sure why this movie has gotten the reputation as being one of the worst movies ever. I don't think it is. So, if you like movies that really don't require brain power, then I recommend this one.

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