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      Jared Hess

      Jared Hess

      Highest Rated: 72% Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Gentlemen Broncos (2009)

      Birthday: Jul 18, 1979

      Birthplace: Glendale, Arizona, USA

      As a first time writer and director, Jared Hess earned considerable success right out of the gate with his debut film, "Napoleon Dynamite" (2004), which he made on a shoestring budget, only to see the quirky comedy become a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and in theaters after its wide release. Having created a near-cultural phenomenon, which included celebrities wearing iconic "Vote for Pedro" tee-shirts, Hess became a darling of the Gen-X crowd and Hollywood at large, despite some crustier critics declaring his film cruel and sophomoric. But Hess had the last laugh when "Napoleon Dynamite" earned a king's ransom at the box office - at least in relation to its budget - and opened the doors for making movies within the studio system. He followed up his successful debut with another hit, "Nacho Libre" (2006), a medium-budgeted comedy that capitalized on the rising popularity of its star, Jack Black. Though he hit a speed bump with his third feature, the little-seen and critically maligned comedy "Gentlemen Broncos" (2009), Hess returned to the character that launched his career with an animated version of "Napoleon Dynamite" (Fox, 2012), reminding critics and audiences why he became a noteworthy filmmaker to begin with.

      Highest rated movies

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      The Insufferable Groo




      60% 67% The Insufferable Groo Unknown (Character),
      - 2018
      34% 35% Masterminds Director $17.3M 2016
      29% 24% Don Verdean Director,
      $30.5K 2015
      No Score Yet 71% Just About Famous Producer - 2010
      20% 44% Gentlemen Broncos Director,
      Executive Producer
      $113.2K 2009
      40% 54% Nacho Libre Director,
      $80.2M 2006
      72% 74% Napoleon Dynamite Director,
      $44.5M 2004


      89% 75% Murder Among the Mormons Director 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
      32% 52% Napoleon Dynamite Unknown (Guest Voice),
      Executive Producer