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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

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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 Anonymous

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It's Gonna Be a Dynamite Summer See more »

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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27 August 2004 (USA)  »

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$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$116,666 (USA) (11 June 2004)

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$44,540,956 (USA) (4 February 2005)
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Jon Gries nearly quit acting, planning on dedicating himself to writing when a casting director he knew, needed him to play a role that another actor dropped out of, in The Big Empty. Gries filmed the role and when his scenes were being edited together, filmmakers Jared Hess and Jeremy Coons were casting Napoleon Dynamite in the same office and got a look at Gries' work, prompting them to offer him the role of Uncle Rico. Gries said that his manager was unsure of the role as the filmmakers weren't known but Gries read the script anyway and said by page 15, he was happy to play the role. See more »

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When Summer and Trisha are passing out fliers and buttons, a pair of guys walk by, one wearing an FFA jacket, that Summer tells Trisha not to give buttons to. After the camera cuts back to the girls from Napoleon and Pedro, the same pair of guys can be seen walking by again. See more »

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[first lines]
Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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Old School Antics
Written and Performed by Steve Adams
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Not Just Another Teen Nerd Story, This Is Both Original & Very Funny
14 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like dry or dark humor, you should get a big kick out of this movie. I know I did. If you are between 12-20 you might even like it more because this deals with high school kids primarily. However, there are some adults in here who play key roles, too.

The teens and the adults have a couple of things in common: they are nerds and weird people and they are all hilarious. They also are unlike a cast of characters you have seen in any other movie. In other words, this movie is an "original."

I didn't know any of these actors and I think that helped. It made it even more original, looking at new faces. That begins with the title character, played by Jon Heder. A white kid in Idaho with a afro haircut, over-sized glasses, moon boots and an unpredictable and low-key personality unlike anyone I've ever seen in other films. Even though he's pictured as a huge nerd, he surprises you all the time. Just when you think you have this kid figured out, he does something unexpected. Whatever, he's fun to watch and hear throughout the movie.

Suffice to say "Napoleon" and about everyone in this film is totally whacked and all of them - male, female, young, old, good and bad people are extremely entertaining. A lot of the humor is visual, meaning the looks and reactions on these character's faces and the weird deadpan lines they deliver. Are there stereotypes in here? Yes, like the bimbo, prettiest girl in school running for class president , and her stupid, macho boyfriend, but most of the people were pretty unique.

If you like absurd humor, this is your cup of tea, and you don't have to be a teen to enjoy this. Hey, I'm old enough to be Napoleon's grandfather and I laughed my butt off from the beginning to the end of this unconventional film.


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