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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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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202308297
UPC 024543240433
UPC 14 00024543240433
Format DVD
Release Date 5/16/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
Actors
Name Heder,Jon
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Directors
Name Jared Hess
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Cast & Crew
Aaron Ruell - Actor
Deidrich Bader - Actor
Efren Ramirez - Actor
Haylie Duff - Actor
Jared Hess - Screenplay
Jared Hess - Director
Jeremy Coon - Editor
Jeremy Coon, et al. - Producer
Jerusha Hess - Screenplay
Jon Gries - Actor
Jon Heder - Actor
Munn Powell - Cinematographer
Sandy Martin - Actor
Tina Magorino - Actor
Awards
Grammy (2006) Napoleon Dynamite, Nominee, Best Compilation Soundtrack
Independent Spirit (2005) Jared Hess, et. al., Nominee, Best First Feature
MTV Award (2005) Napoleon Dynamite, Winner, Best Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Napoleon Dynamite should be required therapy for anyone with a self-image problem. No matter how much of a loser a person believes himself to be, he couldn't possibly be in worse shape than the protagonist of Jared Hess' wickedly funny high school comedy. With a low-key sense of humor and without the slightest whiff of sentimentality, Hess delivers a film about geeks that makes Revenge of the Nerds look like the Hollywood tripe that it is. Napoleon Dynamite isn't about a cute, cuddly, inoffensive movie nerd; the main character is morose, antisocial, and has a working understanding of what happened in Columbine. There's plenty of humor in the film, but the movie is often a little uncomfortable to watch, and Napoleon is not an easy guy to like. Rooting for him takes effort.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Wall Street Journal
Review More than a deadpan comedy about oddball losers. This dork has his day, and this story has its touching subtext-growing pains relieved by unlikely hope.
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Reviewer Joe Morgenstern
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Dallas Observer
Review It's charming. It's hilarious. It is perhaps the most beautifully crafted, lovingly rendered portrait of extreme geekitude ever to grace the screen. It's Napoleon Dynamite.
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Reviewer Melissa Levine
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Featurettes, Still Gallery, Promos, Trailers, Spanish, French Subtitled, 2 Discs
Product Attributes
Actor Aaron Ruell / Diedrich Bader / Efren Ramirez / Haylie Duff / Heder,Jon / Jon Gries / Jon Heder / Sandy Martin / Tina Majorino
Director Jared Hess
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Eric Campos, Film Threat The cast playing these eccentric characters is magnificent...This is definitely one of the most unique comedies you'll see all year.
Michael Atkinson, Village Voice Thrusts us into a high school senior year like no other.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post Jon Heder in the magnificent Napoleon Dynamite, is one of the most winning movie creations in years.

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