It doesn't have much of a storyline, but in this case, it doesn't matter. Reviewed by Dan Franzen dfranzen70 7 Napoleon Dynamite Jon Heder is the typical sad-sack, luckless loser that has permeated high schools for seemingly centuries. Napoleon befriends the new kid in school, Pedro Efren Ramirez , who has a sweet bike, can talk to girls, and has an actual mustache. This isn't a story about young love or lust, it's a story about a misfit refusing to fit - while fitting in with others like him. I think where the film ultimately succeeds, aside from the casting of Heder, is that it doesn't fall into the traps of predictability and stereotyping.
It's a highly ironic, self-mocking, merciless run of sight gags and one liners with no apparent purpose other than to get laughs at the expense of its main characters, especially the eponymous Napoleon, a fit stand-in for everyone who's ever felt like a socially inept outcast trapped in the hell of high school. Sure, it's a high school movie, and there are snobby pretty girls and arrogant jocks, but not much time is devoted to them. . But like Napoleon, Pedro is a misfit. . This movie isn't for everybody, but if you don't see glimpses of your own childhood in the various awkwardnesses and failures of the main characters, you're in denial.
Napoleon and his older brother Kip Aaron Ruell live with their grandmother, but at the beginning of the film she tells them she needs to take off for a couple days. Some of the funniest scenes in the film involve Napoleon's often-combative relationship with Uncle Rico; Rico is also bound and determined to return to those halcyon days of his youth via a time machine he's seen advertised on the Internet, and he enlists Kip to help him raise the funds. Both sometimes hang out with yet another taciturn student, Deb Tina Majorino, all grown up from Waterworld , who secretly it seems likes Napoleon. He has no friends, he's picked on by bullies, he has a somewhat-odd home life. Don't go to see this film looking for deep meaning or well-constructed plot--the vague semblance of a plot is as artificial as they come, and seems inserted mostly to give the film structure and to permit the audience a somewhat 'happy' ending. This movie is filled with jokes about our culture today.
Who doesn't know someone exactly like Napoleon? Enter their Uncle Rico Jon Gries , a self-starter who's living in 1982 when the coach of his high school football team declined to put him in as quarterback, thus altering Rico's life forever. What you're left with, then, isn't a typical coming-of-age story, but rather a unique take on a rather mundane - albeit life-altering - time in a boy's life. Preston, Idaho's most curious resident, Napoleon Dynamite, lives with his grandma and his 32-year-old brother who cruises chat rooms for ladies and works to help his best friend, Pedro, snatch the Student Body President title from mean teen Summer Wheatley. Talk about a cult classic in the making. And who hasn't run across an internet geek like Kip? Don't see Napoleon Dynamite if you're expecting sensitivity--go see it if you're pissed off at the world and just need to laugh. You can readily picture a Napoleon in any high school. Sure, there's a big dance, but it doesn't necessarily turn out the way you'd expect it to.
Reviewed by death2steelers 10 This movie is quite possibly the funniest movie ever. If you're into those kind of films that make you think a lot, this one definitely isn't for you. The film uses witty humor, and a little goofy humor. Jon Heder is perfectly cast as the gawky, dorky Napoleon; he resembles Butt-Head in countenance, although certainly not in temperament or intelligence. But there isn't a lot of focus on their relationship, because Napoleon himself is fairly oblivious to how people perceive him.
Mouth agape and with an awkward gait, Napoleon is about as odd a duck as you'd find in high school, and yet he still manages to survive with his dignity intact. Anyone who has attended High School in the last 10 years knows that this movie portrays exactly what it is like. Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. I saw it for the first time last night, and I'm still busting into spontaneous laughter whenever one of Napoleon's silly one-liners or blank-faced dead-pan non-sequitirs comes to mind. Synopsis 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. I keep reading reviews that say it isn't believable.
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