Napoleon Dynamite

Genre:  Comedy
Release Date: June 18, 2004
DVD: December 21, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.03
based on 3394 votes and 163 reviews
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Cast: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Diedrich Bader


From Preston, Idaho comes Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a new kind of hero complete with a tight red 'fro, some choice moon boots, and skills that can't be topped.

Napoleon spends his days drawing mythical beasts, duking it out with his 32-year-old brother Kip (Aaron Ruell) and avoiding his Uncle Rico (Jon Gries), a door-to-door salesman who's mentally stuck in 1982 - the year his football team "almost won state." But when two new friends are brought into his life - Deb (Tina Majorino), the artisan behind the "boondoggle key chain," and Pedro (Efren Ramirez) with his sweet bike and talent with the chicks - Napoleon finds goals outside of being a star milk-tasting judge.

Together the trio launches a campaign to elect Pedro for class president and make the student body's wildest dreams come true. But if Pedro is to beat the stuck-up Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff), Napoleon will have to unleash his secret weapon...

Director: Jared Hess
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, Sean C. Covel
Screenplay: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
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  • 5 stars "It's unique. There isn't really a movie quite like this with the lovable characters. Definitely for all those who had hard times in school. You really just end up cheering for everyone. You want them all to make it. (well, except for that one blond bully)"
  • 4 stars "This movie is a funny and all around family friendly."