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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.
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
"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
How anyone can NOT like this movie is beyond me. This is some of the funniest stuff on film I've ever seen. If you're sense of humour is more 'Cosby Show', then don't bother. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2006 by Canuckfcuk