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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

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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 Anonymous

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Same planet...different flippin' world. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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27 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,666 (USA) (11 June 2004)

Gross:

$44,540,956 (USA) (4 February 2005)
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In the movie, Kip plays a 32-year-old grown-up, and Napoleon plays a high school teen. In real life, Aaron Ruell (who plays Kip) is only one year older than John Heder (who plays Napoleon). See more »

Goofs

When Randy starts grabbing the kid's neck in the hallway, the kid immediately reaches into his pocket. After the camera cuts back from Napoleon and the drinking fountain, the kid's hand is on his neck, and then he reaches for his pocket. See more »

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[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: 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 »

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Time After Time
Written by Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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My own private Idaho
26 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film is a refreshing look at a typical geek in a forgotten part of the country. Jared Hess is to be commended by bringing this dead pan comedy to the screen.

Of course, the director is helped by the cast he assembled for the film. The screening I attended had more laughs than I was expecting because, as it is obvious: this is not a comedy for the masses. The director is spoofing the genre in his own way.

Napoleon, deep down inside is a great kid. He is not malicious and he has to suffer because this culture will reward a stupid person that appears to be cool and will put down a person such as Napoleon because they perceive him as a nerd prototype. Napoleon belongs to a dysfunctional family, if ever there was one.

His brother Kid is playing against type also. He appears to be a feminine boy who is into the chat rooms and has fallen in love with a mystery woman from Detroit. The uncle that comes to supervise them while their grandma is in the hospital is a grease ball and a con man rolled into one. The ending is just hysterical as Uncle Rico can't see the woman he is selling his bogus merchandise is a muscled person with a super strong husband.

All the actors are excellent in their roles. One's heart goes to Jon Heder, the Napoleon of the story, for making his character so sweet and likable. Jon Gries, as Uncle Rico, is effective. Napoleon's brother played by Aaaron Ruell goes through such transformation, but deep inside he is just a pretender. Efren Ramirez, as Pedro seems to be in a fog throughout the film. What a joke to have him as class president! Finally, Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh, gives an incredible performance and Tina Marjorino is perfect as Deb.

A film to be discovered for its humor.


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