Napoleon Dynamite
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For most of its length this delivers a steady stream of uncomfortable gut laughs."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The funniest film of the summer."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The approach has all the lasting charm of a train derailment, but at least the train is going somewhere before it is brought to disaster."
‑ David Keyes,
"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,
"Napoleon Dynamite may not even be friggin' sweet, but it does have skills. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's a cast of brilliant caricatures, and as such recalls the films of Wes Anderson."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"As slight as the picture is, though, its hero is an indelible creation."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"For all its charm and its impeccable leads, Napoleon Dynamite is a modish exercise in anti-cool. Still, a strong debut for all its young talents."
‑ , Film4
"too odd to dismiss and often truly funny"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The characters are all weird and nothing much happens in Napoleon Dynamite, yet this droll and understated geek-comedy zings with truth."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Napoleon Dynamite may be forcefully weird and intermittently humorous, and you might not know what the heck to make of it, but there's nothing shocking about its screenplay."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"An independent take on a Hollywood tradition, undermined by its cliches but saved by its performances."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Just incredibly mind-numbing and unfunny..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Heder seems perversely bored, unable to hold his eyes open; was that a conscious acting choice, or was he simply reading his lines off the floor?"
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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