Napoleon Dynamite [Blu-ray]
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As deadpan comedies go, Napoleon Dynamite stands in a class all its own. Played by John Heder, the title character is (in the words of critic Roger Ebert) "the kind of nerd other nerds avoid," a mouth-breathing dweeb with a mangy nest of orange hair, and ungainly features that suggest a perpetual state of half-conscious depression. He lives in Preston, Idaho (former home of 24-year-old director Jared Hess) with his thrill-seeking grandma and 32-year-old brother, and his days at high school consist mostly of being abused or ignored by indifferent classmates. Napoleon's sad-sack story doesn't offer the scathing, impassioned humor of Welcome to the Dollhouse because Hess (who cowrote the nearly plotless screenplay with his wife, Jerusha) doesn't have an angst-ridden axe to grind. Instead, the comedy (which exists in a tacky universe of worn-out rural suburbia) is so low-key that some will find it difficult to laugh, while others (i.e., those who feel superior to Napoleon) will have plenty of fun at Napoleon's expense. The result is a curiously uneven film, hilarious at times, but hampered by its own sense of affectionate mockery. An audience favorite at the Sundance film festival, Napoleon Dynamite may not be entirely lovable, but it's definitely unique. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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And Debbie is the greatest: she is everywoman.
And LaFawnda simply made the movie - a small role but so influential.
I am so pleased that this movie, made on a miniscule budget, became such a hit.
But anyway, I'm rambling again. So I'll end by telling you that this was a very funny movie. And it's highly recomended.
(Listen to Children Of Bodom.)
The story takes place in rural Preston,Idaho in the early 90s,but the Dynamite family,house and decor suggest a definite 70s kiche.Napolean and brother Kip(Aaron Ruell)live with their grandmother(Sandy Martin),ho is most definitely butch in nature.One day their granny tells the boys she is going out on a date but ends up in the hospital for a spell after injuring herself while riding an ATV over a particularly large desert dune.Coming to the baby sitting rescue is their uncle Rico(John Gries)who has the old should've,could've-longing from his high school days.As Napoleon plods along at school Kip,who sits in front of a computer screen all day,is persuaded to forgo his internet chatting/surfing long enough to help his uncle make a little bread.
Meanwhile at school Napolean has befriended a Mexican student by the name of Pedro(Efren Ramirez).The first big challenge to them comes picking and getting someone to take to the prom.The next one is Pedro`s desire to become student president.Pedro ends up taking a girl that Napolean kind of had his eye on to the dance and in the end Pedro actually wins the presidency.
As the movie comes to a close Grandma has returned,Kip has met someone from his chat room who is his ``soul mate`` and that girl Napolean likes,Deb(Tina Majorino),meets up with Nappy to play tether ball.Read more ›
I come from an Utah family on my mother's side and this film, set in Idaho, which is a single cultural entity, also highly L.D.S. Mormon, along with Utah itself; I admit gladly that some, maybe even many, Idaho folks, even some among those whom I know personally, disagree with that or resent that fact. There are lots of little clues that Napoleon and his family, and surely others in the cast of characters, are L.D.S. Mormons.
As for that amusing outdoor interracial wedding ceremony between Napoleon's older, very nerdy, pipsqueak brother, Kip, and very tall Lafawnduh, for those who wonder about the matter, one should realise that less than half of L.D.S. Mormon weddings take place in one of the L.D.S. Temples, so Kip's and Lafawnduh's is not surprising at all. My L.D.S. grandfather married twenty-two times (mostly in civil ceremonies in the days, before computerised records, when polygamists could be difficult to apprehend) and so far as I know, most or none of those times did he marry his mostly polygamous wives in the Temple; by his time, at any rate, polygamy was a "no-no" in the L.D.S. cult. Anyhow, grandpa was too much of a boozer to be able to obtain a "Temple recommend". Mormon bye-ways and folk culture do not necessarily comply with what many outsiders expect.
Among the funniest of the sly indicators of the Mormon culture underlying this comedy is one of Napoleon's t-shirts, which says "Ricks College" on it. Ha!Read more ›
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it came with no faults or skips at all in the movie, but it was a little slow in coming.Published on April 22 2013 by Mardi Cameron
Napolean Dynamite is a unique story full of situations, complicated relationships, interesting people, and much humour -- often subtle. Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2010 by Spikenard Very Precious
I'm so glad that I'm one of the minority, (that is, in the broader scheme) who love this movie. The writer of this movie, managed to tap into that rare innocence not witnessed... Read morePublished on Sept. 5 2009 by Dario Carpenter
I'll be serious. Ijust watched this movie last month for the first time. And I'm sorry it took me this long to watch it. I ended up watching it 5 times in a 6 day span. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2009 by Richard Mather
People don't want to be told what they do or do not like and the fact of the matter is that you can't tell someone they'll love or hate Napoleon Dynamite. Read morePublished on June 7 2006 by S. Peters
"But My Lips Hurt Real Bad!"
This is such a hilarious movie I can't even put it in words. I think everyone has met someone like a character in the film. Read more