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Napoleon Dynamite 2004

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(190) IMDb 6.9/10
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From the rural town of Preston, Idaho, comes Napoleon Dynamite. With a red 'fro, his moon boots and illegal government ninja moves, he is a new kind of hero. His family consists of fragile brother Kip, who's seeking his soul mate in online chat rooms; Uncle Rico, who is stuck in his "glory" days of high school football; and Grandma, who enjoys going out to the dunes on her quad-runner.

Starring:
Jon Gries,Tina Majorino
Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Teen & Young Adult, Comedy
Director Jared Hess
Starring Jon Gries, Tina Majorino
Supporting actors Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Jon Heder
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
I watched Napoleon Dynamite and wasn't expecting to like it as I thought it was going to be another teen comedy in the ilk of American Pie, or some other excruciatingly drawn out brain-dead flick.

But I was really surprised. I watched it and I thought it was okay. Then the next day I kept remembering scenes, the character of Napoleon Dynamite grew on me and I ended up having to watch it again. The same thing happened with my missus, she thought it was a pretty average film, but something about it really appealed to her and now it's one of her all time favourites!

This is a story about the kid at school who was a bit weird, socially awkward and a bit slow. Nobody knows much about his actual life, they just hear his ludicrous stories and mock him. The film explores the home life of Napoleon and his less than conventional family.

The comedy is offbeat, and tends to come from Napoleon's soft cursing ("Gosh!") and physical manner. His loose dangling arms and weird running add to the oddness of the character. There's not one poor performance in the film, but Jon Heder's portrayal of the lovable geek is utterly convincing. And there's the `dance scene' - something which has to be seen to be believed, pure cinematic gold!

When Pedro, a Mexican immigrant comes to the school, it is Napoleon who befriends him, and together they work to get Pedro elected as class president, at the same time there's a romantic interest with Debs - slightly more switched on, but still a social outcast. The dynamic between the three is often awkward, but there's a sense of understanding between them, a feeling that they have found a group of their own to belong to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arun on 12 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
It's hard to describe this film in a nutshell. Imagine you are in the middle of nowhere, it is a warm, sunny afternoon, very quiet, and you have a lot of time to kill, but don't know what you should do. That is pretty much the exact demeanour that Napoleon Dynamite presents. Set in Idaho (or was it Utah?), this film mainly revolves around four socially awkward characters and their daily life. Mostly this film is about socially awkward situations, but the few actual gags this film has come entirely unexpected and have you burst out laughing when you were completely quiet just a moment ago.

Those people who already see the complete loser and social outcast in Napoleon will be sniggering throughout the film. On the other hand, those that do sympathize with him, or even are reminded of their own high school years, are equally entertained, albeit in a different way - they find Napoleon interesting, intriguing, and try to 'figure him out' - although that is almost impossible.

As mentioned before, everything about this film is bathed in a surreal atmosphere - it's hard to imagine that a town like the one portrayed in the film really exists, and that the characters portrayed therein are the actual sort of people you might meet in a small community in the American Midwest. In fact - when Uncle Rico mentions the year 1982, it did dawn on me that the entire film has an extreme 1980s feel to it - you can't shake it off. The cinematographers have done a fantastic job in this regard, as the film was shot in 2004. Hard to believe, isn't it?

There isn't much of a plot in the movie, in fact the movie doesn't have much substance either.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Straughan on 14 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
I bought this having already had the original version. The new special features include new deleted scenes (excellent),the original short film Peluca that the film was based on (good),some napoleon sightings(various shows John Heder has done as Napoleon)and the screen test for various characters.

However the first disc is pretty much identical bar commentary being added from the actors who portray Pedro,Deb uncle Rico and Kip. The film itself is excellent though if you haven't seen it. If you have and you already own it this is pretty much for diehard fans only.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Stanway on 23 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
I have seen this film referred to as quirky, kooky and weird. It may well be all of those things but above everything it is already a classic in my opinion.
I am not a newcomer to films and have watched many films over the years. I have no particular preference for a certain genre. But every once in a while a film comes along and surprises you. Surprises you in the sense that you go into watching it with very little expectations and then find it exceeds all of them.
Watch this film and vote pedro.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eggtimer on 5 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
Excellent! Loved it and now buying it. Totally understated and sincerely frank. Couldn't help but empathise, sympathise and laugh out loud. Not weird, not elitist, just honest.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Graham on 18 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
Here's the best advice you'll ever get regards this film...

Turn it on. Watch the opening few scenes (as far as the "Happy hands club" scene should do it). Now ask yourself if you're amused or even interested. If the answer's "no" turn it off right now. It won't get any better for you. This isn't the film for you.

If, on the other hand, you're amused or even intrigued, sit back and enjoy one of the funniest things you'll ever see. The humour is weird, and it's not easy to say what "type" of sense of humour it would appeal to.

The film bases it's storyline/jokes mainly around the characterisation of the lead roles in particular, also some smaller roles such as Rex, founder of Rex-Kwon-Do. It's the sort of film that makes you cringe & laugh at the way the people behave and what they say, their inhibitions and their mannerisms. Lead character Napoleon is the typical nerd, but with a strange perception on life and a blurred vision between fantasy and reality - "girls want boyfriends who have skills - like hunting bow skills, nunchuck skills...." You get the idea...

The film centers on Napoleon and his 2 friends that he makes over the course of a week or 2, as well as Napoleon's internet nerd brother Kip, and his uncle Rico, a man with some issues centering around his football coach who wouldnt put him on during the last quarter of a match in '82. The film sees Napoleon's friend Pedro run for school president, his uncle trying to make his fortune as a salesman, his brother Kip united with his online girlfriend and Napoleon.... Well... dance. That's what's so great about this film - Nothing that much happens out of the ordinary to Napoleon, it's just funny watching him exist.

Definitely the marmite of films - You will love it or hate it.
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