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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

PG | | Comedy | 27 August 2004 (USA)
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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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Jared Hess
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Heder ... Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries ... Uncle Rico
Aaron Ruell ... Kip
Efren Ramirez ... Pedro
Diedrich Bader ... Rex
Tina Majorino ... Deb
Sandy Martin ... Grandma
Haylie Duff ... Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr ... Don
Shondrella Avery ... Lafawnduh
Bracken Johnson Bracken Johnson ... Randy
Carmen Brady Carmen Brady ... Starla
Ellen Dubin ... Ilene
J.C. Cunningham J.C. Cunningham ... Jock #1
Jimmy Stevens Jimmy Stevens ... Jock #2 (as James Smooth)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Napoleon Dynamite See more »

Filming Locations:

Sykesville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$116,666, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:

$44,540,956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,138,887
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Every dish shown during the opening credits is eaten by a character later in the movie. The dishes presented in the opening credits were the work of the three people who present them. See more »

Goofs

When Randy starts grabbing the kid's neck in the hallway, the kid immediately reaches into his pocket. After the camera cuts back from Napoleon and the drinking fountain, the kid's hand is on his neck, and then he reaches for his pocket. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are made entirely of various items such as plates of food, a notebook, pencils, and a roll of chapstick. See more »

Alternate Versions

For wide release and all showings after the limited release, a scene was filmed featuring an additional five-minutes after the credits. See more »


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Canned Heat
Performed by Jamiroquai
Written by Jay Kay (as Jason Kay), Toby Smith, Derrick MacKenzie, Simon Katz, Sola Akingbola, and Wallis Buchanan
Courtesy of Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment (U.K.) Ltd.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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My own private Idaho
26 June 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

This film is a refreshing look at a typical geek in a forgotten part of the country. Jared Hess is to be commended by bringing this dead pan comedy to the screen.

Of course, the director is helped by the cast he assembled for the film. The screening I attended had more laughs than I was expecting because, as it is obvious: this is not a comedy for the masses. The director is spoofing the genre in his own way.

Napoleon, deep down inside is a great kid. He is not malicious and he has to suffer because this culture will reward a stupid person that appears to be cool and will put down a person such as Napoleon because they perceive him as a nerd prototype. Napoleon belongs to a dysfunctional family, if ever there was one.

His brother Kid is playing against type also. He appears to be a feminine boy who is into the chat rooms and has fallen in love with a mystery woman from Detroit. The uncle that comes to supervise them while their grandma is in the hospital is a grease ball and a con man rolled into one. The ending is just hysterical as Uncle Rico can't see the woman he is selling his bogus merchandise is a muscled person with a super strong husband.

All the actors are excellent in their roles. One's heart goes to Jon Heder, the Napoleon of the story, for making his character so sweet and likable. Jon Gries, as Uncle Rico, is effective. Napoleon's brother played by Aaaron Ruell goes through such transformation, but deep inside he is just a pretender. Efren Ramirez, as Pedro seems to be in a fog throughout the film. What a joke to have him as class president! Finally, Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh, gives an incredible performance and Tina Marjorino is perfect as Deb.

A film to be discovered for its humor.


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