A sleeper hit if there ever was one, Napoleon Dynamite was a modest indie comedy that raised eyebrows when it hit cinemas, and found its mark on home video and cable airings where a cult of fans quickly formed and took the “Vote for Pedro” tee-shirt all the way to the shelves of Hot Topic…
In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a shy Hispanic boy who speaks little English, yet is determined to win the heart of his popular blonde classmate. Together the two launch a campaign to have Pedro run for class president, leading to one of cinema’s greatest – and most unexpected – dance routines…
Directed by Jared Hess. 2004. 96 minutes. Rated PG.
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“It’s a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson.” – Dave Calhoun, Time Out
“Napoleon’s climactic spaz-out dance is more than just a goofy gag. It’s a payoff to a great buddy-system comedy and the idea that it’s not high school’s dreams and regrets that last, but the sometimes-bizarre friendships.” – Nick Rogers, The Film Yap
“Has more belly laughs than 10 studio-produced, star-vehicle come.” – Bill Muller, Arizona Republic