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Theatrical release poster
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
Edited by Stu Linder
Blair Daily
Castle Rock Entertainment
Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release dates
  • April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30)
Running time
99 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[1]
Box office $14,581,765

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


Stiller and 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.





Envy was universally panned by critics and scored only a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 112 reviews.[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 the success of 2003's School of Rock starring Jack Black that it finally got a theatrical release. Nevertheless, the film performed poorly in US theaters, so much so that it was released straight-to-video in several European countries and Australia.[3]

Stiller's performance in the film earned him a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor. At the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, during a press conference for Shark Tale (2004), both Black and DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg publicly apologized for Envy.[3]


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