Napoleon Dynamite


Napoleon Dynamite

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A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.



Total Count: 173


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The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a decidedly eccentric family that includes his llama-loving, dune-buggy enthusiast grandmother. The story centers on the local high school's race for class president. Using some nontraditional means, Napoleon is determined to help his pal Pedro (Efrem Ramirez) run a winning campaign and defeat popular girl Summer (Haylie Duff). Also starring The Drew Carey Show's Diedrich Bader, Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi


Jon Heder
as Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries
as Uncle Rico
Sandy Martin
as Grandma
J.C. Cunningham
as Jock No.1
James Smooth
as Jock No. 2
Tom Lefler
as Principal Svadean
Scott Thomas
as Sheldon
Walter Platz
as Cashier
Nano De Silva
as Cholo No. 1
Arturo De Silva
as Cholo No. 2
Tom Adams
as FFA Judge No. 1
Eldean Holliday
as FFA Judge No. 2
Arlando Larsen
as FFA Judge No. 3
Mary Heers
as Teacher
T.J. Adams
as Farm Boy No. 1
Jake Visser
as Farm Boy No. 2
Brady Stokes
as Farm Boy No. 3
Thedora Peeterborg
as Secretary No. 1
Becky Demke
as Secretary No. 2
Julia Y. Ruell
as Girl on Bike
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  • Mar 18, 2016
    It's a silly and funny teen comedy. It's not the best but memorable characters and memorable scenes make it a memorable film. However the plot of this film isn't very consistent and leads to nothing.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    There was a time when I couldn't go a day without seeing a few 'Vote For Pedro' shirts. Not only is this film so quotable, it's also hilarious and offers many memorable characters. Although, it is very bizarre and the humor may not appeal to everyone. But the originality of it makes it stand out over many other comedies. "Napoleon Dynamite" is destined to be remembered as a comedy classic and rightly so!
    Eric S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2012
    By no means perfect but not without it's charm. It's a very weird indie comedy that deserves it's cult status and doesn't beg the audience for laughs or resort to using gross humour. It's consistent enough with the comedy enough but Jon Heder's remarkable performance is what's pretty entertaining.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    The most random movie of all time. Great
    Jonny C Super Reviewer

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