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Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 3:25 AM


Genre: Drama/Comedy

Starring: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino, Haylie Duff

Geeky, alienated, dim-witted, immature, scrawny and boring are only some of the adjectives that one would associate with Napoleon Dynamite (Heder) a teenage kid from a small town in Idaho, USA. He gets pushed around and bullied in school all day and that does not come as a surprise considering his awkward behaviour. He meets a new student from Mexico, Pedro (Ramirez) who is like him in many ways but is more bold to confront society. The two get along fine when suddenly Pedro decides to run for class president and Napoleon needs to help him get there. The movie at first glance promises to be hugely funny but fails to deliver. If the sloppy behaviour of Napoleon and his crazy antics are supposed to make audiences laugh, then I must say the movie has failed horribly. Apart from Napoleon's story, multiple side plots run which include Napoleon's brother Kip (Ruell) who is trying to become 'cool' by going on a dating website, his uncle Rico (Gries) who is looking after them and wishes he could get his youth back and Deb (Majorino) a shy girl who has feelings for Napoleon. A highly avoidable movie which could have been far better.

Thumbs up: Good acting by Ramirez and Heder
Thumbs down: Pathetic attempt at trying to make you laugh

Rating: 5.5/10
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