6.9/10
180,386
1,501 user 216 critic

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
Trailer
1:15 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON TV
ON DISC
ALL
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:

Jared Hess
Popularity
644 ( 188)
10 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

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 decide to rebel against their greedy boss.

Director: Mike Judge
Stars: Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman
Hot Rod (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation.

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Stars: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Ian McShane
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After being kicked out of his rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of an uptight elementary private school, only to try and turn them into a rock band.

Director: Richard Linklater
Stars: Jack Black, Mike White, Joan Cusack
Wayne's World (1992)
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Lowe
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the Principal thinks of that.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Animation | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 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
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ron Burgundy is San Diego's top-rated newsman in the male-dominated broadcasting of the 1970s, 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
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
Clerks (1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.

Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Marilyn Ghigliotti
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
Superbad (2007)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two co-dependent high school seniors are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes awry.

Director: Greg Mottola
Stars: Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Heder ... Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries ... Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell ... Kip
Efren Ramirez ... Pedro
Diedrich Bader ... Rex
Tina Majorino ... Deb
Sandy Martin ... Grandma
Haylie Duff ... Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr ... Don
Shondrella Avery ... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady Carmen Brady ... Starla
Ellen Dubin ... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens Jimmy 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:

He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bus otoko See more »

Filming Locations:

Sykesville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was edited in producer Jeremy Coon's apartment using a $6,000 Macintosh with Final Cut Pro. See more »

Goofs

When Uncle Rico pulls up in front of school as Napoleon draws a Liger, a person can be seen running left out of frame. Also, the crew is reflected in the windows. 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

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

Alternate Versions

For wide release and all showings after the limited release, a scene was filmed featuring an additional five-minutes after the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Madagascar (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Canned Heat
Performed by Jamiroquai
Written by Jay Kay (as Jason Kay), Toby Smith, Derrick MacKenzie, Simon Katz, Sola Akingbola, and 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 »

User Reviews

 
Funny and unique!
30 December 2004 | by dfranzen70See all my reviews

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is the typical sad-sack, luckless loser that has permeated high schools for seemingly centuries. He has no friends, he's picked on by bullies, he has a somewhat-odd home life ... but through it all, he's sure things will be just plain okay in the end.

Napoleon and his older brother Kip (Aaron Ruell) live with their grandmother, but at the beginning of the film she tells them she needs to take off for a couple days. Enter their Uncle Rico (Jon Gries), a self-starter who's living in 1982 (when the coach of his high school football team declined to put him in as quarterback, thus altering Rico's life forever). Some of the funniest scenes in the film involve Napoleon's often-combative relationship with Uncle Rico; Rico is also bound and determined to return to those halcyon days of his youth via a time machine he's seen advertised on the Internet, and he enlists Kip to help him raise the funds.

Napoleon befriends the new kid in school, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), who has a sweet bike, can talk to girls, and has an actual mustache. But like Napoleon, Pedro is a misfit. Both sometimes hang out with yet another taciturn student, Deb (Tina Majorino, all grown up from Waterworld), who secretly (it seems) likes Napoleon. But there isn't a lot of focus on their relationship, because Napoleon himself is fairly oblivious to how people perceive him. This isn't a story about young love or lust, it's a story about a misfit refusing to fit - while fitting in with others like him.

Jon Heder is perfectly cast as the gawky, dorky Napoleon; he resembles Butt-Head in countenance, although certainly not in temperament or intelligence. Mouth agape and with an awkward gait, Napoleon is about as odd a duck as you'd find in high school, and yet he still manages to survive with his dignity intact. He's a good egg, although he seems to overreact at times: "What are you gonna do today, Napoleon? Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna do.....GOSH!" Still, his delivery is perfect. You can readily picture a Napoleon in any high school.

I think where the film ultimately succeeds, aside from the casting of Heder, is that it doesn't fall into the traps of predictability and stereotyping. Sure, it's a high school movie, and there are snobby pretty girls and arrogant jocks, but not much time is devoted to them. Sure, there's a big dance, but it doesn't necessarily turn out the way you'd expect it to. What you're left with, then, isn't a typical coming-of-age story, but rather a unique take on a rather mundane - albeit life-altering - time in a boy's life.


308 of 425 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 1,501 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed