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Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Heder and Jon Gries




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Jared Hess makes an unforgettable directorial debut with NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, a hilarious, tender, and utterly original portrait of a truly eccentric character. Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high-school outcast in every sense of the word. More interested in playing tetherball by himself and drawing pictures of his favorite animal, the "liger" (a combination of a lion and a tiger), Napoleon is ignored by everyone in his tiny hometown of Preston, Idaho. At home, things aren't much better: his uber-nerd older brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell), and ultra-vain Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) are too busy with their own obsessions to give Napoleon the time of day. It isn't until a new student, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), arrives that Napoleon finds friendship and performs an act of brave defiance that makes him a true hero. Written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE brilliantly captures the awkwardness of high school without succumbing to condescension. Most of this can be attributed to Heder, who steps into Napoleon's moon boots with a jaw-dropping flawlessness. The rest of the cast is just as natural, underplaying their roles and letting the comedy unfold without forcing any of the jokes. Add a hilarious soundtrack of 1980s hits and you have an instant classic, a crowd-pleasing riot that has an undeniably universal appeal.

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Overview

Jared Hess makes an unforgettable directorial debut with NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, a hilarious, tender, and utterly original portrait of a truly eccentric character. Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high-school outcast in every sense of the word. More interested in playing tetherball by himself and drawing pictures of his favorite animal, the "liger" (a combination of a lion and a tiger), Napoleon is ignored by everyone in his tiny hometown of Preston, Idaho. At home, things aren't much better: his uber-nerd older brother, Kip (Aaron Ruell), and ultra-vain Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) are too busy with their own obsessions to give Napoleon the time of day. It isn't until a new student, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), arrives that Napoleon finds friendship and performs an act of brave defiance that makes him a true hero. Written by Hess and his wife, Jerusha, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE brilliantly captures the awkwardness of high school without succumbing to condescension. Most of this can be attributed to Heder, who steps into Napoleon's moon boots with a jaw-dropping flawlessness. The rest of the cast is just as natural, underplaying their roles and letting the comedy unfold without forcing any of the jokes. Add a hilarious soundtrack of 1980s hits and you have an instant classic, a crowd-pleasing riot that has an undeniably universal appeal.

Main Cast & Crew

Jared Hess - Director
Jon Heder
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Jon Gries
Aaron Ruell
Haylie Duff
Diedrich Bader
Ellen Dubin
Emily Kennard
Sandy Martin

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 95
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543143925
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (thematic elements and language)
  • Release Date: December 2004

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Teenage
Theatrical Release
Teenagers
Elections
Students

 

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Notes:
This film screened at SXSW 2004 in Austin, Texas.

Reviews:
"Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet." - 06/24/2004 Rolling Stone, p.186


"[O]dd, amusing....[Hess's] filmmaking style is well suited to the rhythms of small-town Western life." - 06/11/2004 New York Times, p.E15


"The Hesses, who are only in their mid-20s, know how to set up gags and even capitalize on them." - 08/20/2004 USA Today, p.16D


"[T]here's much that delights in this low-budget whimsical film..." - 01/01/2005 Uncut, p.157


"[T]he quiet determination with which this oddball trio navigate the pressures of adolescence provide the film' most affecting moments..." - 01/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.60-1

 

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