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Envy (2004)

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

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

Steve Adams
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lily Jackson ... Nellie Vanderpark
Connor Matheus ... Nathan Vanderpark
Hector Elias ... Eduardo
Angee Hughes Angee Hughes ... Woman at Play
Manny Kleinmuntz Manny Kleinmuntz ... Dimitriov
Blue Deckert ... Cal
John Gavigan John Gavigan ... Les
Terry Bozeman ... 3M Worker
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Dreamworks Pictures.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2004 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

L'envie See more »

Filming Locations:

Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,160,886, 2 May 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,181,484, 23 May 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When Tim and Nick are riding in the golf cart on the golf course, Nick is talking, but his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Michael Dingman: Boy that flan was good. I wish we had flan.
Tim Dingman: [grimaces, gets up from the bed, pats Michael's arm and whispers to acknowledge Michael] OK.
Michael Dingman: Dad?
Tim Dingman: Yeah?
Michael Dingman: How come we're getting the little itty-bitty pool?
Tim Dingman: Mikey, It's not a little itty-bitty. The square one is the little itty-bitty. We're getting the bean shaped model. Right?
Michael Dingman: A little itty-bitty bean.
Tim Dingman: It's not a little itty-bitty bean. It's an averaged sized bean, Mikey. And I've got news for you, my friend. There are kids in parts of the world who ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
(Piangono Gli Uomini)
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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What an odd film!
30 April 2004 | by shawn9210See all my reviews

I just saw this movie at a sneak preview and all I can say is..."What did I just watch????" And I mean that in a good and bad way.

The plot is really simple. Stiller and Black play friends/neighbors. Stiller is the focused, hardworker while Black is a dreamer. Black invents this idea to create a spray that erases poo. The idea becomes very popular, and Black becomes very rich. The extravagant lifestyle that Black gains and the fact that he still tries to be best friends with Stiller causes Stiller to become crazy with envy.

As I said, the plot is simple. Everything else is plain odd. The direction is odd, with a weird rotating opening shot to out-of-nowhere sped up sequences. The dialouge and the acting is very odd; odd in a rambling sort of way. And the sound track is the oddest thing in the movie, from the weird "Envy" song that keeps on reappearing to the scene where you think you're going to hear a classic 80's song but suddenly it's in Japanese.

So, the true question is this...is odd funny? That depends purely on the individual. I was cracking up at the shear unwavering weirdness of the movie. After the screening I heard people call it horribly unfunny and glad that it was free. Strangely, I understood their point. There are no jokes whatsoever, so if you aren't hooked by the uniqueness of it all, you will hate this movie. Absolutely hate it.

This movie is destined to lose a lot of money at the box office and become a DVD cult classic. If you can laugh at a movie with no real jokes, like Cable Guy or Punch Drunk Love, then I suggest you see it. If you don't, run away from this movie. It'll only make you mad.


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