Envy is a comic fable about best friends, Tim Dingman (Ben Stiller) and Nick Vanderpark (Jack Black). Sharing everything in common, the pair lives across the street from each other, works in the same factory and spends most of their free time together. So naturally, when Nick comes up with an idea for a new product — a spray can that will vaporize feces and eliminate dog-walk cleanups — he asks Tim to be his partner. Tim, however, is skeptical of Nick’s wild ideas and refuses to share the research costs, hoping that Nick will think twice and save his money. But Nick presses on and, as it turns out, makes a breakthrough. Before he knows it, “Va-poo-rize” is wildly successful and making Nick filthy rich. Meanwhile, Tim can only watch from afar, kicking himself for missing out on a great opportunity and wallowing in his growing Envy. His jealousy is stirred up even more by an oddball drifter (Christopher Walken).
Envy has a lot of commendable content, but unfortunately packages it in a poorly written film that is filled with objectionable language. It does make an attempt to explore human nature and the evils that can consume a person. While the obvious topic at hand is envy, the film also deals with the integrity of Stiller’s character who is influenced by bitterness, alcohol and dishonest companions to deceive his best friend.