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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ving Rhames filmed scenes as a gay detective, but he ended up being cut from the final product. See more »


When Debbie takes the Va-Poo-Rize out of the trash can there is a plastic nozzle on top of the can. In the last shot before they leave the kitchen and the Va-Poo-Rize is sitting on the counter the nozzle is missing. See more »


Nick Vanderpark: C'est la vie, as the Romans say.
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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 »


The Happy Wanderer
Written by Friedrich-Wilhelm Möller & Antonia Ridge
Performed by Brave Combo
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Thank You Critics
14 May 2004 | by (Longmeadow, MA) – See all my reviews

Yes I feel I owe a great deal of gratitude towards film critics. If they hadn't trashed this film, the bar wouldn't have been set so low and I would have been much more disappointed.

Yet because of the brutal critic thrashing, I didn't expect citizen Kane and therefore found Envy a decent time-filler. It's silly and stupid, which is often the kind of comedy I can't get enough of.

Yes, Barry Levinson has slipped from his "Rain Man" days. But even William Shakespeare wasn't 100% successful all the time. This is a minor triumph for the Academy-Award-Winner.

And Christopher Walken: The Stepford Wives will be his 3rd movie this year. Which makes me wonder: why isn't he in more movies?

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