Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father's business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her daughter, Elaine.
A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother (who cruises chat rooms for ladies) and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. Written by
Behind-the-scenes at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight engaged in a bidding war with Warner Independent Pictures over the distribution rights to this movie, until Fox Searchlight put in a last-minute bid of over $3 million, and won. They would later join forces with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films to distribute the film, a mere 17 days before its release. See more »
When Napoleon goes over to Deb in the cafeteria to ask her if she wants her stuff back from his locker, the amount of her sandwich changes repeatedly between shots. See more »
Kid on Bus:
What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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The opening credits are made entirely of various items such as plates of food, a notebook, pencils, and a roll of chapstick. See more »
This movie is a genx love fest and it made me feel better than any
movie I have ever seen.
Essentially, this movie is a remake of "welcome to the dollhouse" and a
lot of the other slacker-esque movies of that era. The film follows the
misadventures of a complete loser (Napoleon Dynamite is a near sighted
high school kid with a penchant for medieval warriors and tall tales),
his best friend (the new kid in town, a Mexican immigrant who must
comprehend life in rural Idaho), their shared love interest (she is
deliciously quirky on her own), and a few other random characters
(Napoleon's scheming "get rich quick" uncle and his internet chatroom
obsessed loser 32-year-old-but-still-living-at-home brother).
In terms of story, this one is tops. All of the "good" characters grow
and become much more than they were when the movie began. This film
celebrates friendship at it's basest level and demonstrates the triumph
of good people above overwhelming odds.
The true appeal of this movie though, for me, was the close attention
that the director paid to making this movie feel like the early 1990's
or late 1980's. Characters wear zubbas and hand out friendship
bracelets. Even the vocabulary the actors use comes from this era (when
was the last time you called someone "retarded", for example), but it
is done so in such a genuine manner. The music and the style are very
appropriate, and you can really feel the social awkwardness of Napoleon
and his friends.
While this movie was made in many ways to appeal to those who can most
relate to the awkward years of growing up (the unpopular kids, the new
kid, the medieval warrior obsessed clique, the metal heads, the stoners,
all the general low lifes you probably associated with, or possibly
were at school), this will nevertheless appeal to everyone else. The
comedy is not made to be knee slapping, but it's sublety is wonderful
and I found myself laughing throughout the entire film.
If you have ever rooted for the underdog, this is the movie for you. I
can't spoil the ending for you, but for real, no movie has ever made me
feel as happy and as inspired as this one. I can't wait to see what
this director comes up with next!
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