MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 46 this week

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

 -  Comedy  -  27 August 2004 (USA)
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 139,672 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 1,443 user | 218 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 22 Feb 2013
 
a list of 35 titles
created 04 Aug 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Napoleon Dynamite.

User Polls

10 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Peluca (2003)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A day in the life of Seth, super nerd extraordinaire; rocking the megalopolis of Preston, Idaho, and soon the world, with his illegal ninja moves and his sweet fanny pack. GOSH!!

Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Jon Heder, Greg Hansen, Chris Sanchez
Napoleon Dynamite (TV Series 2012)
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Follows the misadventures of an awkward high school teenager and his quirky friends as they struggle to navigate life in rural Idaho.

Stars: Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A teenager attends a fantasy writers' convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist.

Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Mike White
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Stars: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A man, who has not left the building he works and lives in for 14 years, meets a receptionist eager to understand more about his mysterious life.

Directors: Aaron Ruell, Rodger Goeckeritz
Stars: Veronica Bero, Michael Childers, Alexandra Holden
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the '70s, but that's all about to change for Ron and his cronies when an ambitious woman is hired as a new anchor.

Director: Adam McKay
Stars: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell
Zoolander (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

At the end of his career, a clueless fashion model is brainwashed to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Director: Ben Stiller
Stars: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor
Office Space (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Three company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Kip
...
...
Rex
...
Deb
...
...
...
Don
...
Bracken Johnson ...
Carmen Brady ...
...
J.C. Cunningham ...
Jock #1
James Stevens ...
Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£60,839 (UK) (10 December 2004)

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene of the farmer shooting the cow in front of the school bus full of children is a true anecdote from the director's childhood. See more »

Goofs

When Napoleon is calling Kip, the position of the phone cord wrapped around Kip changes. First, it's wrapped around his body. In the next shot of him, the cord is merely by his shoulder; then it switches to being wrapped around him again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
See more »

Crazy Credits

All the items, food or otherwise, used in the credits appear at some point in the movie, e.g. Napoleon's chap-stick, Uncle Rico's steak, etc. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cleveland Show: There Goes El Neighborhood (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Canned Heat
Performed by Jamiroquai
Written by Jay Kay (as Jason Kay), Toby Smith, Derrick MacKenzie, Simon Katz,
Sola Akingbola, Wallis Buchanan
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (U.K.) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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)


305 of 458 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What would Napoleon do after finishing school? This_is_an_outrage
what year is this supposed to be? szklarzst
The problem I have with this movie... jzoole
I want to test a theory about this movie.... jdspock2
Delete your post Napoleon-style Isnam777
6.9 Are you kidding me? buttercupjacob
Discuss Napoleon Dynamite (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?