• Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    May not make you laugh out loud - it's too sly and subtle for that - but it will have you smiling every minute, and often grinning widely at its weirded-out charm. Nerdiness will never seem the same. show more

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Hess and his terrific cast -- Heder is geek perfection -- make their own kind of deadpan hilarity. You'll laugh till it hurts. Sweet. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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