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Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite
  • 2004
  • US
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jared Hess
  • Cast: John Heder, John Gries, Aaron Ruell

Napoleon (Heder) is a quirky teenage geek who believes he has the potential to rule the universe through the most oddball means but when his grandmother cracks her coccyx in a motorbike accident, sleazy Uncle Rico (Gries) is called in as babysitter. Hilarious if uneven misfit comedy which pays heavy homage to the 80s misfit comedies such as Jeff Kanew's The Revenge of the Nerds and John Hughes' Weird Science.

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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). Vote for Pedro…

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