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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
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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