Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
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He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove.
|Napoleon dynamite is a new kind of hero, complete with tight 'fro sweet moon boots and skills that cant be topped. Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, when 2 new friends enter his life the trio launches a campaign to elect one of them class president.|
"Thrusts us into a high school senior year like no other. Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Jon Heder in the magnificent Napoleon Dynamite, is one of the most winning movie creations in years. Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
Editor's NoteJared 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.
Cast & Crew
|Jared Hess - Screenplay|
|Jared Hess - Director|
|Jeremy Coon - Editor|
|Jeremy Coon, et al. - Producer|
|Jerusha Hess - Screenplay|
|Munn Powell - Cinematographer|
|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|