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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  27 August 2004 (USA)
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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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He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko  »

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Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$44,540,956 (USA) (4 February 2005)

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Napoleon never smiles through the whole film See more »


When Napoleon asks if there is anything to eat, Grandma tells him to "make himself a dang quesadilla." She pronounces it wrong - it's supposed to be pronounced "kay-sa-dee-ya." However, this was intentional. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are made entirely of various items such as plates of food, a notebook, pencils, and a roll of chapstick. See more »


Spoofed in House M.D.: Known Unknowns (2009) See more »


We're Going to be Friends
Written by Jack White
Performed by The White Stripes
Courtesy of Third Man Records/V2 Records/XL Recordings
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Not Realistic?
27 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is quite possibly the funniest movie ever. It doesn't have much of a storyline, but in this case, it doesn't matter. I keep reading reviews that say it isn't believable. Anyone who has attended High School in the last 10 years knows that this movie portrays exactly what it is like. Who doesn't know someone exactly like Napoleon? Or Pedro? Or Summer? Or Deb? Or Don? There are Napoleons, Pedros, Summers, Debs, and Dons in EVERY American High School. One of the funniest parts about this movie is that it IS so accurate. And who hasn't run across an internet geek like Kip? This movie is filled with jokes about our culture today. I haven't met one person yet who has seen it and not liked it. Talk about a cult classic in the making. The film uses witty humor, and a little goofy humor. It's the PERFECT film for light comedy. If you're into those kind of films that make you think a lot, this one definitely isn't for you. On the other hand, if you laugh at things like Napoleon getting psyched for a milk-testing contest, or lying about hunting wolverines in Alaska, exaggerating about his bow staff skills or his brother bragging about chatting online with "babes" all day, you can't go wrong. (10/10)

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