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The film follows its main character as he skips school with two of his friends, picks up a winning lottery ticket and go thrift shopping, where they find a wig for Giel's shaved head.


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Cast overview:
Jon Heder ... Seth
Greg Hansen Greg Hansen ... Pedro
Chris Sanchez Chris Sanchez ... Giel
Bracken Johnson Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Zack Thomas Zack Thomas ... Vern
Chris Thomas Chris Thomas ... Other Boy On Bus
Leo Shackleford Leo Shackleford ... Cashier (as Leonard Shackleford)
Sarah Barton Sarah Barton ... Girl


The film follows its main character as he skips school with two of his friends, picks up a winning lottery ticket and go thrift shopping, where they find a wig for Giel's shaved head.

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Comedy | Short

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Release Date:

20 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peluca See more »

Filming Locations:

Preston, Idaho, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On a budget of approximately $500, this movie was shot in two days on grainy black and white 16mm film in Preston, Idaho using primarily local talent (except for Jon Heder). See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #4.9 (2005) See more »

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A funny pre-"Napoleon Dynamite" short
22 June 2008 | by Electrified_VoltageSee all my reviews

Not long before filmmaker Jared Hess made his feature-length debut with the polarizing teen comedy, "Napoleon Dynamite", he started his film career by making this very similar short, "Peluca", which, like its successor, features Jon Heder, who was yet to become very famous, in the starring role. As a fan of the movie that followed, I've seen this short more than once in the bonus features of the Special Edition DVD. While I would say "Napoleon Dynamite" is the superior of the two, "Peluca" definitely comes close to it in terms of quality.

The main character here is Seth, a geeky teenager who is pretty much just like Napoleon Dynamite. He's not very popular at school, but is friends with two Mexican students, Pedro and Giel. During lunch break, while Seth is at the table in the cafeteria with Pedro and Giel, Giel (who is like Pedro Sanchez in "Napoleon Dynamite") has his hood over his head. This is because he was recently feeling too hot, and shaved his head to cool off, but now he doesn't want to be seen without any hair. The three of them agree to ditch their next class and go shopping, so Seth can buy a fanny pack and Giel can get a wig, but can they get enough money to do so?

Quite a few things in this short are also featured in "Napoleon Dynamite", including the way it begins. If you've seen ND, I'm sure one part of my plot description sounds familiar. However, there are also some things that did not end up being repeated in this short film's successor, but are still funny. One difference between "Peluca" and ND is that this short film is in black and white and the picture isn't quite perfect, obviously due to the very low budget. However, despite that, I certainly do recommend this pre-"Napoleon Dynamite" short for fans of the movie. If you like the style of humour in Jared Hess' feature-length debut, you can see more of the same in this film.

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