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FilmStubs: Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. (PG, 96 min.)


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

7:00 PM

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The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a decidedly eccentric family that includes his llama-loving, dune-buggy enthusiast grandmother. The story centers on the local high school's race for class president. Using some nontraditional means, Napoleon is determined to help his pal Pedro (Efrem Ramirez) run a winning campaign and defeat popular girl Summer (Haylie Duff). Also starring The Drew Carey Show's Diedrich Bader, Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. [Rovi]

Starring: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries
Director: Jared Hess
Genre(s): Comedy

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"You'll laugh till it hurts."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"One of the most winning movie creations in years."

— Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

"A little movie with a lot of heart and a lot of laughs."

— Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family."

— Nell Minow, Common Sense Media

"Has more belly laughs than 10 studio-produced, star-vehicle comedies."

— Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

"It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson."

— Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"Revels in its own kookiness and is the most engaging teen movie to emerge from the States for many a year."

— Adrian Hennigan,

"An epic, magisterially observed pastiche on all-American geekhood, flooring the competition with a petulant shove."

— Michael Atkinson, Village Voice