Napoleon Dynamite

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (PG)
D: Jared Hess
Paramount/Fox Searchlight/MTV (Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt & Sean Covel)
US 2004
91 mins
 
Comedy
 
W: Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess
DP: Munn Powell
Ed: Jeremy Coon
Mus: John Swihart
 
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Jon Gries (Rico Dynamite), Aaron Ruell (Kip Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro Sanchez), Tina Majorino (Deb Bradshaw), Haylie Duff (Summer Wheatley)
 
Anyone who went to high school would have known a character like Napoleon Dynamite, an oddball nerd who wears his idiosyncrasies on his sleeve like a badge of honour.
This teen comedy also trades itself on its own kookiness rather than a traditional narrative or storyline. The limited story sees the title character attempt to get his misfit Mexican chum elected as school president in the upcoming election, as well as vying to get a date for the prom as well as trying to escape embarrassment from the hand of his obnoxious uncle or equally nerdy brother.
It's a film which will certainly divide audiences, but the intended demographic should find it explosive.
6/10

Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite