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Directed by Barry Levinson
Produced by Barry Levinson
Paula Weinstein
Written by Steve Adams
Starring Ben Stiller
Jack Black
Rachel Weisz
Amy Poehler
Christopher Walken
Music by Mark Mothersbaugh
Cinematography Tim Maurice Jones
Editing by Blair Daily
Stu Linder
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures (USA)
Columbia Pictures (non-USA)
Release date(s) April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30)
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40,000,000
Gross revenue $14,581,765 (worldwide)[1]

Envy is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black.



Tim and Nick (played by Stiller and Black) are best friends who are also neighbors and co-workers at 3M. Nick is constantly coming up with crazy ideas to get rich quick, and when he invents Vapoorize, a spray that instantly removes dog excrement, he actually succeeds. As Nick's wealth continues to grow, so does Tim's envy, as he had initially scoffed at the idea and squandered an opportunity to invest $2,000 and become mega-rich himself. Nick is blissfully unaware of Tim's jealousy, and his generosity only serves to make Tim more envious of him.

Tim's jealousy reaches new levels after J-Man (played by Walken), a bizarre drifter, decides to become his adviser. After a drunken night out, Tim accidentally kills his neighbor's beloved horse, Corkey, and straight away tries to hide the body so Nick does not find out. With the help of J-Man, he succeeds in this, but his jealousy continues to grow, as does Tim's wife's anger - she blames him for them not being rich like their friends.

One night, Nick reveals that he is going to Rome for the debut of vapoorize there, and gives Tim the opportunity to now join him in a 50/50 partnership. J-Man finds out that Tim is now rich, and immediately tries to gain from this, but fails when Tim shoots another arrow off towards his house and strikes J-Man in the back.

At the end of the film, Corkey is seen floating down a river behind a press conference, and the animal hospital must do tests on him to reveal how he died. It is found that the horse was actually poisoned - Corkey used to eat the apples off Tim's tree, and do his business there. They used vapoorize to rid their yard of this, and this is what has killed Corkey. Straight away Vapoorize is pulled from the shelves in all stores, and Nick and Tim almost lose all their wealth and glory - until Tim comes up with an invention of his own - Pocket Flan, inspired by Nick and his family's love for the dessert. J-Man is shown at the end of the film in the audience of Tim and Nick's infomercial for Pocket Flan.



This was the first co-production between Columbia Pictures and Castle Rock Entertainment since 1999, and the first film produced by the latter to be distributed by the former since that same year, when Castle Rock switched distribution of most of its films to Warner Bros. Pictures. DreamWorks also co-produced the film, and handled US distribution.


Envy earned nearly universally negative reviews and scored only a 6% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 111 reviews, including a 0% score among top critics.[2]

The film had been shot almost two years before its release, and was in danger of going straight-to-video in the US due to poor audience response during test screenings. It was only due to Jack Black's School of Rock (2003) that it finally got a theatrical release. Nevertheless, the film performed poorly in US theaters, so much that it was released straight-to-video in Europe and Australia.[3]

At the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, during a press conference for Shark Tale (2004), both Jack Black and DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg publicly apologized for Envy.[3]


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Envy is a 2004 American comedy film directed by Barry Levinson. It stars Ben Stiller and Jack Black.



  • Don't hassle me about crumbs, man. Because I am on the edge of the edge.


  • And when you see the J-Man, you tell him, "Bosco says we're even." And up your ass with Mobil Gas.


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

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