Napoleon Dynamite

Release Date: June 11th, 2004

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2004

PG |1 hr 26 min

Plot Summary

In small-town Preston, Idaho, awkward teen Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) has trouble fitting in. After his grandmother is injured in an accident, his life is made even worse when his strangely nostalgic uncle, Rico (Jon Gries), shows up to keep an eye on him. With no safe haven at home or at school, Napoleon befriends the new kid, Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a morose Hispanic boy who speaks little English. Together the two launch a campaign to run for class president.

Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader, Haylie Duff, Trevor Snarr

Director: Jared Hess

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Access Films, Napoleon Pictures Limited

Keywords: Offbeat , Underdog , Brother , Charming , Amusing , Rivalry , Growing up ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    More than a deadpan comedy about oddball losers. This dork has his day, and this story has its touching subtext -- growing pains relieved by unlikely hope.

  • 50
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    So deadpan a film is Napoleon Dynamite, the story and the name of a gangly high school misfit in Preston, Idaho, that I can't say whether it was intended as a character study or a comedy. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    A one-note, lightweight, condescending comedy about the rubes of Idaho. show more

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