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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Napoleon Dynamite
... Uncle Rico
... Kip
... Pedro
... Rex
... Deb
... Grandma
... Summer Wheatly
... Don
... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady ... Starla
... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens ... Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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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 »

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

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The song playing in the low rider is So Ruff by Zapp and Roger. See more »

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In this movie, they are attending high school. However, the playground has an elementary school swing set and other children's equipment. 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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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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Spoofed in Total Drama: Not So Happy Campers: Part 1 (2007) See more »

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Written and Performed by Steve Adams
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Oh, this is TOO realistic
16 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I thought Napolean Dynamite was one of the weirdest, funniest films I've seen in years. Interestingly, I liked it better the second time around. But the film is not for everyone; my wife couldn't stand the film, and we have incredibly similar taste in movies (and books).

But here's my main point: I teach at a university, and for reasons I won't bore you with, I wound up showing Napolean Dynamite (ND) to a class on counseling children and adolescents. One of my students almost went crazy...turns out she is from the very same town (in Idaho) ND was filmed in, and yes the kids are JUST like that. Even the goofy part in which Pedro courts Deb by baking her a cake...this kind of gift-giving is a real tradition in that part of Idaho. In fact, the tradition is to be as weird as possible, so compared with other "gifts" boys and girls give each other in Idaho, Pedro's cake was very tame. By way of comparison, my student told me how a boy who courted her once gifted her with a chicken, innards an all, and when she cleaned out the bird she found a note inside it declaring his love! Now that kind of story just can NOT be made up. So is ND realistic? Apparently so! More than I realized!


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