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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.
Jon Heder Napoleon Dynamite
Jon Gries Uncle Rico
Efren Ramirez Pedro Sanchez
Aaron Ruell Kip Dynamite
Diedrich Bader Rex
Tina Majorino Deb
Sandy Martin Grandma
Haylie Duff Summer Wheatly
Trevor Snarr Don
Emily Tyndall Trisha Stevens (as Emily Kennard)
Shondrella Avery LaFawnduh Lucas
Bracken Johnson Randy
Carmen Brady Starla
Ellen Dubin Ilene
J.C. Cunningham Jock #1
Director: Jared Hess
Producer: Jeremy Coon,Sean Covel,Chris Wyatt
Writer: Jared Hess,Jerusha Hess
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.

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 6
Imdb rating: 6.9
Musician: John Swihart
Running time: 86 min / USA
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2007-07-19 20:27:3