Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite could be the result of a bet to concoct the least appealing movie character possible. A crystallization of the worst parts of every… Napoleon Dynamite Napoleon Dynamite could be the result of a bet to concoct the least appealing movie character possible. A crystallization of the worst parts of every…
Movie on DVD Review

Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, ... | A CONDESCEND-UP Dynamite 's uneasy laughs come at the expense of its title character (Heder, right, with Efren Ramirez) and assorted misfits
A CONDESCEND-UP Dynamite's uneasy laughs come at the expense of its title character (Heder, right, with Efren Ramirez) and assorted misfits
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Dec 21, 2004; DVD Release Date: Dec 21, 2004; Movie Rated: PG; Genre: Comedy; With: Jon Gries, Jon Heder and Aaron Ruell; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Napoleon Dynamite could be the result of a bet to concoct the least appealing movie character possible. A crystallization of the worst parts of every awkward high school student, Napoleon (Jon Heder), a white-Afro-rocking, moon-boot-wearing nerd, is clueless. So are most of the people in his tiny Idaho town, including his skeezy uncle (Jon Gries) and Internet-obsessed brother (Aaron Ruell), who try to make ''sweet cash'' selling 24-piece Tupperware sets. Most of the story involves absurd situations that condescend to the hapless characters. You'll find it funny but then hate yourself for laughing out loud.

EXTRAS Four deleted scenes, a boring short, a barely-there making-of whose only purpose is to inform you how much the actors love the movie, and an uninformative commentary make for a disappointing package.

Originally posted Dec 20, 2004 Published in issue #798 Dec 24, 2004 Order article reprints
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