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Review of Napoleon Dynamite

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Year: 2004 - Runtime: 92 - Director: Jared Hess - Writer(s): Jred Hess, Jerusha Hess
Country: USA - Language: English - Parental Guide: PG - Color: Color

Napoleon DynamiteRating: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Review

Napoleon Dynamite isn’t for everyone. Set in a rural town in Idaho, Napoleon Dynamite is the master of the nerds. he draws fake animals called Ligers and stuffs teeter tots in his pocket to eat during class. he has huge glasses and a weird addiction to chapstick. If the citizens of Idaho are anything like the characters in Napoleon Dynamite, we need to just blow that state of the map. But the film’s charms and overall style is so bizarre and uniformly stupid, it remains intensely hysterical and oddly endearing. You may not be Napoleon, and you may be unable to relate to any character in this “story,” but there is something here like watching a train explosion that in slow motion.

Reason to Watch

The film doesn’t have a well defined plot, but it’s worth watching for a few scenes. The following are inside jokes that will go right over the head of those who haven’t seen it: Stella! I hunt wolverines! I see you’re drinking 1%. The film is obscure  comedy fodder

Context

Airheads is essentially a less funny more painfully obnoxious version of This is Spinal Tap, and yet, you feel compelled and drawn into its 90’s aesthetics and terrible sweater shirts.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Napoleon Dynamite: Well, I have all your equipment in my locker. You should probably come get it cause I can’t fit my numchucks in there anymore.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: You know, there’s like a boat-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join because I’m pretty good with a bow staff.
  • Napoleon Dynamite: How long did it take you to grow that moustache?
    Pedro: A couple of days.
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

Marijuana. Done.

Trivia

Napoleon creates an animal called a “Liger.” this is a real animal, created by mating a lion and tiger.

The film was shot in 22 days

Lead character Napoleon was played by Jon Heder. He earned $1,000 for the role, the film went on to make $40 million

Educational Content
  • Idaho is the worst state ever
  • No matter how dorky you are, if you don’t have nun-chucks in your locker and live with your grandma, it could always be worse
Justification for Rating

There is a reason that this film is as notorious as it is. And there is no way Jon Heder is digging himself out and away from this role. After it’s all said and done, Napoleon Dynamite is oddly genius.

Clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr7djGY1fhA

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