Napoleon Dynamite

Fox Searchlight / Paramount Pictures Released 2004




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Movie Summary

Jared Hess

The movie revolves around the solitary, listless teenager, Napoleon Dynamite, and his less than impassioned quest to help Pedro win the class presidency at their small western high school. Napoleon's home life is bizzare to say the least and his ability to deal with the opposite sex is limited, so despite Napoleon's apparent inability to express any type of enthusiasm, the film sparks many laughs.


Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    An absurdist piece about a rural community of clueless cretins who careen through life like poorly played pinballs, Napoleon Dynamite represents the definition of the comedy of con...

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The performances, even those by trained actors like Mr. Ramirez and Ms. Majorino, have the hesitant, blinking opacity that some directors look for in nonprofessional casts. Their a...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    It's a simple collection of sight gags and pratfalls that mines the overly familiar turf of awkward adolescence without bringing anything truly original to the experience.

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    • Production Budget - $400,000
      Domestic Gross - $44,540,956 (70th)
      Worldwide Budget - $46,118,097 (97th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $58,527,247
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $60,599,625

    • Production Companies:
      MTV Films
      Access Films
      (UK distributor)

    • Filming locations include:
      Franklin, Idaho
      Preston, Idaho
      Richmond, Utah

    • Taglines:
      1. It's Gonna Be a Dynamite Summer.
      2. Same planet...different flippin' world.
      3. He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove.

    • Music:
      We're Going to be Friends
      Written by Jack White
      Performed by The White Stripes
      Old School Antics
      Written and Performed by Steve Adams
      The Rose
      Written by Amanda McBroom
      Performed by Darci Monet
      Time After Time
      Written by Rob Hyman, Cyndi Lauper
      Performed by Cyndi Lauper
      Forever Young
      Written by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens
      Performed by Alphaville
      Larger than Life
      Written by Brian Littrell, Kristian Lundin, Max Martin
      Performed by Backstreet Boys
      The A-Team (Theme)
      Written by Mike Post, Pete Carpenter
      Music for a Found Harmonium
      Written by Simon Jeffes
      Performed by Patrick Street
      Canned Heat
      Performed by Jamiroquai
      Written by Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Derrick MacKenzie, Simon Katz,
      Sola Akingbola, Wallis Buchanan
      The Promise
      Written by Farrington, Floreale, Mann
      Performed by When in Rome
      So Ruff, So Tuff
      Written by Roger Troutman
      Performed by Zapp

    • Grammy Nominations:
      1. Compilation Soundtrack


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dysfuntional families, ensemble cast, nerd fantasy, the low class, unlikely friendships