Napoleon Dynamite Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for Napoleon Dynamite the Movie

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2.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Filmed in Preston, Idaho, the debut of director Hess (co-written by his wife) is a small-budget, small-scale, overreaching effort about the unfortunately named title character (Heder), an awkward, frizzy-haired, high school uber-nerd whose life is one exasperation after another. He's beaten up by the jocks, can't score with the babes, and his only friend is a shy Mexican immigrant, Pedro (Ramirez), whom Napoleon assists in his campaign for class president against popular blonde goddess, Summer (Duff, Hilary's sister). His much-older brother Kip (Ruell) is even more of a misfit and his creepily macho Uncle Rico (Gries) is looking after the family since Grandma (Martin) had an ATV-riding accident. You should want to root for the underdog but you may become just as exasperated as Napoleon watching this flick.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 86 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Hell High School, High School, Teen Angst
Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Jon(athan) Gries, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Haylie Duff, Trevor Snarr, Shondrella Avery
Munn Powell
Jared Hess
John Swihart
Matt Davis, Jeremy Coon, Curt Jenson, Jerusha Hess, Cory Lorenzen
Jeremy Coon, Sean C. Covel, Chris Wyatt, Fox Searchlight

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