Napoleon Dynamite

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This movie is about absolutely nothing, but it is so funny. Napoleon just has a way with words.

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by jess on 2/3/2005

This movie is about absolutely nothing, but it is so funny. Napoleon just has a way with words.

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Unbelievable, Gosh!

by Allie on 8/7/2005

This movie is like no other- There is not a single wasted word in the whole thing. Absolutely remarkable for this day in age. There is something that everyone can relate to in this movie- whether it's trying to find a date for a school dance, dealing with your own "uncle Rico" and brother "Kip" who can't manage to leave the nest. Or maybe its just that dedication you feel to your best friend, even if it means dancing in front of hundreds of people that don't really care for you. For me, it's the way he says things before thinking, and his endless exasperation!

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40698964
UPC 024543143925
UPC 14 00024543143925
Format DVD
Release Date 9/15/2015
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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.
Rolling Stone "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 p.186
New York Times "[O]dd, amusing....[Hess's] filmmaking style is well suited to the rhythms of small-town Western life." 06/11/2004 p.E15
USA Today "The Hesses, who are only in their mid-20s, know how to set up gags and even capitalize on them." 08/20/2004 p.16D
Uncut "[T]here's much that delights in this low-budget whimsical film..." 01/01/2005 p.157
Sight and Sound "[T]he quiet determination with which this oddball trio navigate the pressures of adolescence provide the film' most affecting moments..." 01/01/2005 p.60-1
Jared Hess
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Aaron Ruell
Jon Heder
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2258813
UPC 00024543143925
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
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
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.
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.
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.
Reviewer Melissa Levine
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Heder,Jon
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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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