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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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Kip
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Rex
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Deb
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Don
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J.C. Cunningham ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, Jon Heder reprised his role as Napoleon during the parody of Batman Begins (2005). See more »

Goofs

In the scene following Pedro's scolding from the principal regarding the Piñata, and Pedro and Deb are chatting on the steps - a crew member wearing jeans and a white t-shirt is clearly reflected in the glass doors behind them. 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!
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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 »


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So Ruff, So Tuff
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Written by Roger Troutman
Performed by Zapp
Courtesy of Warner Bros.
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A cult-classic
31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though this movie seems to strike a chord with the younger crowd, there is no age limit to appreciating this film, just limits in your sense of humor. Perhaps the funniest movie I've seen in years, ND explores character profiles we never thought would make it to the movies. The characters cover a wide range of social misfits and exhibit the nuances of their behavior in a way that makes sense to them, if not to the general public. It's like a sociological case study of a primitive and exotic tribe of "Nerds". Everyone of us should be able to recognize at least one of the ND characters from somewhere in our past or somewhere in our psyches. The acting is sublime, because sometimes we forget that they ARE acting. The writing and dialogue are inventive and unexpected, and so dry it might take you a few days to start laughing. But once you do start laughing, you won't be able to stop. This movie is sure to be a cult classic for the new millennium the way Repo Man was the the 80's. And if you like this film, consider yourself luck-EEEE, because not everyone will.


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