Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 comedy film distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. It stars Jon Heder as Napoleon, Jon Gries as Uncle Rico, Aaron Ruell as Kip, Efren Ramirez as Pedro, and Tina Majorino as Deb. It is written and directed by Jared and Jerusha Hess.
Napoleon Dynamite is an indifferent high school student who lives with his grandmother and older brother Kip. The grandmother gets hurt motor biking and sends Kip and Napoleon's Uncle Rico to look after them until she gets better. Uncle Rico regularly uses his younger nephew to make a name for himself in the door-to-door salesman area. Meanwhile, Napoleon befriends Pedro, a new kid from Mexico, and Deb, a sensitive and quiet classmate. Together, they help Pedro run for class president.
This film essentially follows stereotypical high school life. What makes the story work is its accuracy. Every single high school has characters such as these. There's Napoleon, who seems completely indifferent as to what happens around him. Then there's Pedro, the awkward new kid who seems to be very similar in personality to Napoleon. Deb is the introverted girl who has few friends. Summer is the blonde and popular high school cheerleader and her boyfriend Don is the jock.
Another aspect of the storyline that seems to stand out is Napoleon's fascinating stories that he tells everyone. For instance, towards the beginning of the film he tells the story of him and his uncle hunting wolverines in Alaska. Later on, he shows Pedro a picture of his "girlfriend" who, in reality, was just a model in a photo that Deb had given him earlier. Napoleon also informs Deb that she better pick up the things she left on his doorstep, which he had taken and stored in his locker, so he can fit his "numbchucks" there again.
To wrap, if a movie with a detailed and thoughtful plot is what you're looking for, then Napoleon Dynamite is definitely not for you. On the other hand, if you're in search of a story that accurately depicts high school life, then you will enjoy this film immensely!
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