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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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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 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. See more »


When Tim goes to Nick's house after J-man answers the phone, Tim knocks on Nick's door, and when their butler opens the door, the door and the frame wobble back and forth for 2 or 3 seconds. See more »


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


Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


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Future Cult Classic
3 August 2006 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

Cult classics are nearly impossible to predict. Who could guess that Vision Quest, Fight Club, and 2001: A Space Oddysey, movies that were panned by critics and audiences alike upon their release, would become immensely popular? Like many IMDBers, I consider myself a movie expert. Unlike the majority of those who hated Envy(evidenced by a dismal 4.4 rating), I found Envy to be one of the funniest movies in the last decade.

The plot of the movie is ridiculous. The dialogue isn't clever, the scenes have little continuity, and the script seems like it was written by a fourth grader. But that's exactly why the movie is so hilarious. You see, in order to appreciate the accidental genius of Envy, you have to enjoy the movie from an ironically-detached point of view.

Why do I love Envy? Because the movie is bad to the point that it becomes good. This is the recipe for a cult classic, and Envy definitely fits the bill.

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