Napoleon Dynamite

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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
  • Jon Gries
  • Aaron Ruell
  • Efren Ramirez
  • Diedrich Bader
  • Tina Majorino
  • Sandy Martin
  • Haylie Duff
  • Trevor Snarr
  • Shondrella Avery

Did You Know?


  • When Kip is on the computer at the beginning of the film, all of the words he is saying were improvised by Aaron Ruell. If listened to closely, one can hear him singing a little bit right as Grandma comes in.
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  • When Napoleon is outside talking to Pedro's mother on the telephone, the boom microphone is reflected in the one of the door's windows.
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    • [first lines]
    • Kid on Bus: What are you gonna do today, Napoleon?
    • Napoleon Dynamite: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!
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A one-note, lightweight, condescending comedy about the rubes of Idaho.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter

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

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor