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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.

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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
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PG (for thematic elements and language)
Genre:
Comedy
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$44,478,018.00
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Cast

Jon Heder
as Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries
as Uncle Rico
Sandy Martin
as Grandma
Haylie Duff
as Summer
Shondrella Avery
as LaFawnduh
Carmen Brady
as Starla
Ellen Dubin
as Ilene
J.C. Cunningham
as Jock No.1
James Smooth
as Jock No. 2
Brett Taylor
as Nathan
Tom Lefler
as Principal Svadean
Scott Thomas
as Sheldon
Loria Badelli
as Shoney
Emily Kennard
as Trisha
Nanette Young
as Corrina
Walter Platz
as Cashier
Nano De Silva
as Cholo No. 1
Arturo De Silva
as Cholo No. 2
Pat Donahue
as Farmer
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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Critic Reviews for Napoleon Dynamite

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (40)

For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs.

Full Review… | July 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
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It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Napoleon Dynamite may be forcefully weird and intermittently humorous, and you might not know what the heck to make of it, but there's nothing shocking about its screenplay.

Full Review… | July 21, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The funniest film of the summer.

July 16, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

As slight as the picture is, though, its hero is an indelible creation.

July 16, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

An independent take on a Hollywood tradition, undermined by its cliches but saved by its performances.

July 2, 2004
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite is based on a series of skits that were showcased on MTV and feature a buck-toothed, slack-jawed high school nerd who lives in a fantasy world of his own construction. It's an affectionate parody of small town America in the "triumph of the geek" tradition in which the social outcasts find happiness and acceptance in the face of abuse and derision by their more popular peers. It's more gently amusing than laugh out loud funny as it's just a series of surreal skits revolving around Napoleon and his family's social awkwardness but it's a lot more likeable than most American comedies of this type because it avoids the usual formula of hateful middle class yobs and their bodily secretions amidst vile misogyny that has become the staple of the genre since American Pie sullied our screens. Quirky, silly, inoffensive fun.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

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 Shankle
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer

Strange, funny and rare comedy, Napoleon Dynamite present a deadpan humor with a very good screenplay and direction by Jared and Jerusha Hess, just like the acting of the cast, especially by Jon Heder in the title role and Aaron Ruell as Kip. Napoleon Dynamite it's the kind of film that you want see more, but a sequel gonna be just worse. Charming and delighful. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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