Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
USA / English
"He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove. "A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.
My own private Idaho
This film is a refreshing look at a typical geek in a forgotten part of
the country. Jared Hess is to be commended by bringing this dead pan
comedy to the screen.
Of course, the director is helped by the cast he assembled for the
film. The screening I attended had more laughs than I was expecting
because, as it is obvious: this is not a comedy for the masses. The
director is spoofing the genre in his own way.
Napoleon, deep down inside is a great kid. He is not malicious and he
has to suffer because this culture will reward a stupid person that
appears to be cool and will put down a person such as Napoleon because
they perceive him as a nerd prototype. Napoleon belongs to a
dysfunctional family, if ever there was one.
His brother Kid is playing against type also. He appears to be a
feminine boy who is into the chat rooms and has fallen in love with a
mystery woman from Detroit. The uncle that comes to supervise them
while their grandma is in the hospital is a grease ball and a con man
rolled into one. The ending is just hysterical as Uncle Rico can't see
the woman he is selling his bogus merchandise is a muscled person with
a super strong husband.
All the actors are excellent in their roles. One's heart goes to Jon
Heder, the Napoleon of the story, for making his character so sweet and
likable. Jon Gries, as Uncle Rico, is effective. Napoleon's brother
played by Aaaron Ruell goes through such transformation, but deep
inside he is just a pretender. Efren Ramirez, as Pedro seems to be in a
fog throughout the film. What a joke to have him as class president!
Finally, Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh, gives an incredible performance
and Tina Marjorino is perfect as Deb.
A film to be discovered for its humor.
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