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Napoleon Dynamite

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jared Hess
Produced by Jeremy Coon
Sean Covel
Chris Wyatt
Written by Jared Hess
Jerusha Hess
Jon Heder (uncredited)
Starring Jon Heder
Jon Gries
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Aaron Ruell
with Diedrich Bader
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Munn Powell
Editing by Jeremy Coon
Studio MTV Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures (USA and other select areas)
Paramount Pictures (rest of the world)
Release date(s) June 11, 2004 (US)
August 27, 2004 (worldwide)
Running time 95 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400,000
Gross revenue $46,118,097

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American independent comedy film co-written and directed by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess and stars Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite. The film was Jared Hess's first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca, the first MTV Film rated PG (films before had a PG-13 or R rating).

Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in and near Preston, Idaho, in the summer of 2003. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. In June 2004 it was given a limited release. Its wide release followed in August. The film's total domestic gross was US $44.5 million.[1] Considering its budget of US $400,000, Napoleon Dynamite was a huge success, grossing over 100 times its production cost. There were originally plans for a sequel, but current status is unknown and presumed to be canceled.[2]

Contents

Plot

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high school student from Preston, Idaho who lives with his grandmother, his elder brother Kip and their pet llama, Tina. Kip (Aaron Ruell), 32, is unemployed and boasts of spending hours in Internet chat rooms with 'babes' and training to be a cage fighter. Napoleon daydreams his way through school, doodling fantastic rare creatures and being bullied.

Napoleon's grandma breaks her coccyx in a quad bike accident and, believing her grandsons cannot be trusted to look after themselves, she asks Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) to stay with them while she recovers. Uncle Rico is a middle-aged former high-school quarterback who lives in an orange 1975 Dodge Santana campervan and is mentally stuck in the year 1982 (a fact which caused a breakup with his girlfriend). His presence, although increasingly irksome to Napoleon, is a boon to Kip as he and Uncle Rico embark on a joint project to become door-to-door salesmen selling a Tupperware-like product. Kip reveals that he would like to earn some money to enable him to meet his new Internet girlfriend from Detroit, LaFawnduh Lucas (Shondrella Avery). Uncle Rico is not averse to using Napoleon's name to gain credibility in his attempts to sell herbal breast-enhancement products to Napoleon's school mates, causing increasing friction between Uncle Rico and Napoleon.

As the plot progresses, Napoleon makes two new friends from high school, Deb and Pedro. Deb (Tina Majorino) is a shy and sensitive girl who seems to take a liking to Napoleon. The two have a falling out, however, when Uncle Rico attempts to sell her breast-enhancement herbs and implies that Napoleon suggested it. Pedro (Efren Ramirez) is a transfer student from Juárez, Mexico, who decides to run for class president against popular girl Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff). Despite a couple of hiccups, the campaign goes well until the time Pedro is about to deliver his final speech, when he discovers that each candidate must perform a skit afterwards. Having not prepared a routine, a despondent Pedro gives a lacklustre speech, believing that his candidacy is over. However, Napoleon displays uncharacteristic quick wit by giving a music tape he had received from the visiting LaFawnduh to the sound engineer and performing a passionate, energetic dance routine (to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai), which wins a standing ovation from the school audience.

The film closes out with a montage of scenes showing a happy ending for all concerned. Pedro wins the class presidency. LaFawnduh, smitten with Kip right from the start, transforms his fashion, and they leave town together. A fully recovered Grandma returns and has clearly missed Tina, the llama, more than her grandchildren. Uncle Rico's girlfriend returns to Rico, and while Napoleon is playing tether ball by himself, Deb shows up and starts playing with him, having forgiven her friend.

A post credits scene, added after the festival release, reveals Kip and LaFawnduh getting married.

Cast

  • Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite: The film's protagonist is a rather awkward teenager who enjoys mundane diversions such as drawing, playing tetherball and hip-hop dancing. He regularly boasts about his 'skills' with weapons such as nunchucks (which he calls "numchucks") and bostaffs plus knowing all the "illegal ninja moves from the government." Napoleon often overreacts to insults and is often rude to people who have done little or nothing to offend him. He wears vintage t-shirts tucked into waist-high beltless jeans, black moon boots and steel-rimmed glasses. He is active in the FFA and his school's sign language club (the "Happy Hands Club").
  • Jon Gries as Uncle Rico: Napoleon and Kip's uncle, who lives in a field in his camper van. He played football in high school ("back in '82"), and desires to live in the past. He is often seen filming himself passing footballs to nobody for no apparent reason. Rico longs to go back in time and change his fortune, even buying a "time machine" over the Internet in an attempt to return to 1982. He fervently believes he had the potential to be a star quarterback in the National Football League, if only his coach had played him in the 4th quarter of the championship game, which he is sure he could have won for his team. Despite acting like a jock and adopting a condescending attitude, in reality he is just as geeky as Napoleon and Kip. His intention is to make money using unorthodox methods and to place the blame on Napoleon. However, toward the end, he learns his lesson after being beaten up by the local martial arts teacher for attempting to sell herbal breast enhancers to his bodybuilding wife. The notorious van which was used in many scenes in the movie is generally referred to as Uncle Rico's Van, which is a 1975 Dodge B300 Santana Camper Van. The van's popularity led to it recently being sold on eBay.
  • Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite: Napoleon's wimpy older brother. Kip often brags to Napoleon that he is online all day chatting on the computer with "babes". His full name is revealed at the wedding as "Kipland Ronald Dynamite."
  • Efren Ramirez as Pedro Sánchez: A new student to Preston High, originally from Juárez, Mexico. He becomes Napoleon's best friend, and his campaign for class president is one of the main plot points in the film.
  • Tina Majorino as Deborah "Deb": Napoleon's schoolfriend and major love interest. She goes door-to-door selling "Deb's Glamour Shots" and homemade boondoggle key chains, "a must-have for this season's fashion". Deb seems to be the most articulate character among the three friends in the film.
  • Diedrich Bader as Rex: Local martial arts instructor and founder of the "Rex Kwon Do" center.
  • Haylie Duff as Summer Wheatley: The popular girl at Napoleon's school and the film's antagonist. She runs for class president against Pedro.
  • Trevor Knat as Don: Summer's jock boyfriend who makes fun of Napoleon at school.
  • Sandy Martin as Grandma Dynamite: Napoleon and Kip's grandmother who is taken to the hospital after a quad biking accident.
  • Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh Lucas: Kip's girlfriend and later wife, whom he meets online.
  • Bracken Johnson as Randy: Kid who regularly bullies Napoleon at school.
  • Carmen Brady as Starla: Rex's bodybuilder wife.

Background

Setting

Preston is a real town in southeastern Idaho, located near the Utah border. Since the release of Napoleon Dynamite, it has become a tourist attraction of sorts, with Preston High School being a main feature. Also with its premiere in 2004, Preston has held a Napoleon Dynamite Festival every summer to celebrate the filming of Napoleon Dynamite in Preston and nearby towns. In April 2005, the Idaho Legislature approved a resolution commending the filmmakers for producing Napoleon Dynamite, specifically enumerating the benefits the movie has brought to Idaho, as well as for showcasing various aspects of Idaho's culture and economy.[3]. Most of the film was filmed in Idaho, except for the diner scenes in Richmond, Utah.

Origin of the name "Napoleon Dynamite"

Upon the film's release, it was noted that the name "Napoleon Dynamite" had originally been used by musician Elvis Costello, most visibly on his 1986 album Blood and Chocolate[4][5], although he had used the pseudonym on a single B-side as early as 1982.[6] Filmmaker Jared Hess claims that he was not aware of Costello's use of the name until two days before the end of shooting, when he was informed by a teenage extra.[7] He later said, "Had I known that name was used by anybody else prior to shooting the whole film, it definitely would have been changed ... I listen to hip-hop, dude. It's a pretty embarrassing coincidence."[7] Hess claims that "Napoleon Dynamite" was the name of a man he met around the year 2000 on the streets of Cicero, Illinois, while doing missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[8][9]

Costello believes that Hess stole the name: "The guy just denies completely that I made the name up... but I invented it. Maybe somebody told him the name and he truly feels that he came about it by chance. But it's two words that you're never going to hear together."[10] Costello has taken no legal action against the film.

Reception

The film has a 71% "fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[11] Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice praised the film as "an epic, magisterially observed pastiche on all-American geek-hood, flooring the competition with a petulant shove."[12] Prominent film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1½ stars, noting that he felt that "the movie makes no attempt to make [Napoleon] likable" and that it contained "a kind of studied stupidity that sometimes passes as humor".[13]

It is surprisingly difficult to predict how viewers will react to Napoleon Dynamite as it tends to polarize audiences in a "love it or hate it" fashion. Researchers and algorithm workers at Netflix have found that they are unable to predict whether or not a particular viewer will like Napoleon Dynamite based on their ratings of previously viewed films. This makes it one of only a select few movies that, along with Lost in Translation and I Heart Huckabees, possess this problem dubbed "The Napoleon Dynamite Problem".[14]

Awards

Soundtrack

See also

References

External links


Napoleon Dynamite
File:Napoleon dynamite
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jared Hess
Produced by Jeremy Coon
Chris Wyatt
Sean C. Covel
Jory Weitz
Written by Jared Hess
Jerusha Hess
Jon Heder (uncredited)
Starring Jon Heder
Jon Gries
Efren Ramirez
Tina Majorino
Aaron Ruell
Diedrich Bader
Music by John Swihart
Cinematography Munn Powell
Editing by Jeremy Coon
Studio MTV Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) January 17, 2004 (2004-01-17) (Sundance)
June 11, 2004 (2004-06-11)
Running time 96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $400,000
Gross revenue $46,118,021

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film co-written and directed by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess and stars Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite. The film was Jared Hess's first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca, the first - and currently only - MTV film rated PG (all prior MTV films had a PG-13 or R rating).

Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in and near Franklin County, Idaho, in the summer of 2003. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. In June 2004 it was given a limited release. Its wide release followed in August. The film's total worldwide gross revenue was US $44.5 million.[1] The film has since developed a cult following.

Contents

Plot

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high school student from Preston, Idaho who lives with his grandmother, his elder brother Kip and their pet llama, Tina. Kip (Aaron Ruell), 32, is unemployed and boasts of spending hours in Internet chat rooms with "babes" and training to be a cage fighter. Napoleon daydreams his way through school, doodling ligers and other fantastic rare creatures and being bullied. Napoleon is constantly bullied, even with his "kick-butt ninja skills."

Napoleon's grandma breaks her coccyx in a quad bike accident and, believing her grandsons cannot be trusted to look after themselves, she asks Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) to stay with them while she recovers. Uncle Rico is a middle-aged former high-school quarterback who lives in an orange 1975 Dodge Santana campervan and is mentally stuck in the year 1982. His presence, although increasingly irksome to Napoleon, is a boon to Kip as he and Uncle Rico embark on a joint project to become door-to-door salesmen selling sets of Tupperware. Kip reveals that he would like to earn some money to enable him to meet his new Internet girlfriend from Detroit, LaFawnduuh Lucas (Shondrella Avery). Uncle Rico is not averse to using Napoleon's name to gain credibility in his attempts to sell herbal breast-enhancement products to Napoleon's school mates, causing increasing friction between Uncle Rico and Napoleon.

Napoleon makes two new friends at school, Deb and Pedro. Deb (Tina Majorino) is a shy and sensitive girl. The two have a falling out, when Uncle Rico attempts to sell her breast-enhancement herbs and implies that Napoleon suggested it. Pedro (Efren Ramirez) is a transfer student from Juárez, Mexico, who decides to run for class president against popular girl Summer Wheatley (Haylie Duff). Despite a couple of hiccups, the campaign goes well until the time Pedro is about to deliver his final speech, when he discovers that each candidate must perform a skit afterwards. Having not prepared a routine, a despondent Pedro gives a lacklustre speech, believing that his candidacy is over. Napoleon gives a music tape he had received from the visiting LaFawnduh to the sound engineer and performs a dance routine (to "Canned Heat" by Jamiroquai), which wins a standing ovation from the school audience.

The film closes out with a montage of scenes showing a happy ending for all concerned. Pedro wins the class presidency. LaFawnduh, smitten with Kip right from the start, transforms his fashion, and they leave town together. A fully recovered Grandma returns and has clearly missed Tina, the llama, more than her grandchildren. Uncle Rico's girlfriend returns to Rico, and while Napoleon is playing tether ball by himself, Deb shows up and starts playing with him, having forgiven her friend.

A post credits scene, added after the festival release, reveals Kip and LaFawnduh getting married. Napoleon is noticed as missing by Pedro and Uncle Rico, but as Kip sings for LaFawnduh, Napoleon rides up to them. He says that he's tamed a wild honeymoon stallion for them, which they leave on.

Cast

  • Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite: An awkward teenager who enjoys mundane diversions such as drawing, playing tetherball and hip-hop dancing. He regularly boasts about his “skills” with weapons such as nunchucks (which he calls "numchucks") and bostaffs, knowing all the "illegal ninja moves from the government," and his summer "in Alaska hunting wolverines".
  • Jon Gries as Uncle Rico: Napoleon and Kip's uncle, who lives in a field in his camper van. He played football in high school ("back in '82"), and desires to live in the past.
  • Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite: Napoleon's wimpy 32-year-old brother.
  • Efren Ramirez as Pedro Sánchez: A new student to Preston High, originally from Juárez, Mexico. He tends to be a very shy and quiet person and has little dialogue.
  • Tina Majorino as Deborah "Deb": She enters the film as a door-to-door vendor selling "Deb's Glamour Shots" and homemade boondoggle key chains.
  • Diedrich Bader as Rex: Local martial arts instructor and founder of the "Rex Kwon Do" center.
  • Haylie Duff as Summer Wheatley: The popular girl at Napoleon's school. She runs for class president against Pedro.
  • Trevor Snarr as Don: Summer's jock boyfriend who makes fun of Napoleon at school.
  • Emily Dunn (as Emily Kennard) as Trisha: Summer's friend and fellow Happy Hands Club member who is embarrassed by Napoleon's affections towards her.
  • Sandy Martin as Grandma Dynamite: Napoleon and Kip's grandmother.
  • Shondrella Avery as LaFawnduh Lucas: Kip's girlfriend.
  • Bracken Johnson as Randy: A kid who regularly bullies Napoleon at school.
  • Carmen Brady as Starla: Rex's bodybuilder wife.
  • Dale Critchlow as Lyle the Farmer: Napoleon's neighbor. Tells of a Shoshone arrowhead sighting at the farm Napoleon works at.

Background

Setting

Preston is a real town in southeastern Idaho, located near the Utah border. Since the release of Napoleon Dynamite, it has become a tourist attraction of sorts, with Preston High School being a main feature. Also with its premiere in 2004, Preston has held a Napoleon Dynamite Festival every summer to celebrate the filming of Napoleon Dynamite in Preston and nearby towns. In April 2005, the Idaho Legislature approved a resolution commending the filmmakers for producing Napoleon Dynamite, specifically enumerating the benefits the movie has brought to Idaho, as well as for showcasing various aspects of Idaho's culture and economy.[2] Most of the film was filmed in Idaho, except for the diner scenes in Richmond, Utah.

Opening sequence

The film was originally made without opening titles. Audiences at test screenings were confused about when the film was set. Eight months after the film was complete, the title sequence was filmed in the cinematographer's basement.[3]

We actually had Jon Heder placing all the objects in and out [of frame], and then showed it to Searchlight who really liked it and thought it was great, but some lady over there was like "There are some hangnails, or something -- the hands look kinda gross! It's really bothering me, can we re-shoot some of those? We'll send you guys a hand model." We were like "WHAT?!" This of course was my first interaction with a studio at all, so they flew out a hand model a couple weeks later, who had great hands, but was five or six shades darker than Jon Heder. So we reshot, but they're now intermixed, so if you look there are like three different dudes hands (our producer's are in there too.) It all worked out great though and was a lot of fun.

Origin of the name "Napoleon Dynamite"

Upon the film's release, it was noted that the name "Napoleon Dynamite" had originally been used by musician Elvis Costello, most visibly on his 1986 album Blood and Chocolate[4][5], although he had used the pseudonym on a single B-side as early as 1982.[6] Filmmaker Jared Hess claims that he was not aware of Costello's use of the name until two days before the end of shooting, when he was informed by a teenage extra.[7] He later said, "Had I known that name was used by anybody else prior to shooting the whole film, it definitely would have been changed ... I listen to hip-hop, dude. It's a pretty embarrassing coincidence."[7] Hess claims that "Napoleon Dynamite" was the name of a man he met around the year 2000 on the streets of Cicero, Illinois, while doing missionary work for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[8][9]

Costello believes that Hess stole the name: "The guy just denies completely that I made the name up... but I invented it. Maybe somebody told him the name and he truly feels that he came about it by chance. But it's two words that you're never going to hear together."[10] Costello has taken no legal action against the film.

Reception

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 71% "fresh" approval rating based on 159 reviews.[11]

Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice praised the film as "an epic, magisterially observed pastiche on all-American geek-hood, flooring the competition with a petulant shove."[12] Prominent film critic Roger Ebert gave the film 1½ stars, noting that he felt that "the movie makes no attempt to make [Napoleon] likable" and that it contained "a kind of studied stupidity that sometimes passes as humor".[13]

"Quirky" films such as Napoleon Dynamite, Lost in Translation, and I Heart Huckabees have proven difficult for researchers to create algorithms that are able to predict whether or not a particular viewer will like the film based on their ratings of previously viewed films. Techdirt.com has dubbed this difficulty "The Napoleon Dynamite Problem".[14]

Awards

Soundtrack

Animated series

In April 2010, it was revealed that an animated series was in the works. Much of the original cast agreed to reprise their roles. This includes Jon Heder as Napoleon, Efren Ramirez as Pedro, Aaron Ruell as Kip Dynamite, and Jon Gries as Uncle Rico. Director Jared Hess and his co-screenwriter wife Jerusha are also closely involved.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ BoxOfficeMojo.com
  2. ^ Idaho's resolution commending Jared and Jerusha Hess
  3. ^ "A Q&A with director Jared Hess.". Art of the Title Sequence. http://www.artofthetitle.com/2010/08/30/napoleon-dynamite/. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Blood And Chocolate (reissue) - Elvis Costello And The Attractions". The Elvis Costello Home Page. http://www.elviscostello.info/disc/official/bac/bac_info_a02.htm. 
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374900/trivia
  6. ^ http://www.elviscostello.info/disc/official/ib/ib_info_s02.htm
  7. ^ a b Stereogum article: "Napoleon Dynamite Vs. Elvis Costello".
  8. ^ "Did Napoleon Dynamite Borrow Elvis' Alias?". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,662230,00.html. 
  9. ^ "In 'Napoleon Dynamite,' Nerdity Without Shame". Washington Post. June 20, 2004. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A52435-2004Jun18.html. 
  10. ^ Contact Music article: "COSTELLO ADAMANT NAPOLEON DYNAMITE WAS HIS IDEA".
  11. ^ "Napoleon Dynamite". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/napoleon_dynamite/. 
  12. ^ Michael Atkinson (June 1, 2004). "Deadpan Walking. Welcome to the droll house: American geekhood finds a new icon in a clueless Idaho teen". Village Voice. http://www.villagevoice.com/film/0423,atkinson,54121,20.html. 
  13. ^ "Reviews :: Napoleon Dynamite". rogerebert.com (Chicago Sun Times). http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040618/REVIEWS/406180306/1023. 
  14. ^ The Napoleon Dynamite Problem Stymies Netflix Prize Competitors
  15. ^ http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/05/15/fox-developing-napoleon-dynamite-animated-television-series/

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 film about a listless and alienated teenager who decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small Idaho high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home. Napoleon Dynamite has become a cult-classic and the quotes are now often said in American high schools.

Directed by Jared Hess. Written by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.
He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove.Taglines

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Napoleon Dynamite

  • Nunchaku skills... bowhunting skills... computer hacking skills... Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills!
  • That one looks like a medieval warrior.
  • My lips hurt real bad.
  • I caught you a delicious bass.
  • Do the chickens have large talons?
  • Pedro offers you his protection.
  • Yeah, hold on... I forgot to put in the crystals.
  • Yeah, there's like a butt-load of gangs at this school. This one gang kept wanting me to join 'cause I'm pretty good with a bo staff.
  • [To Deb] I see you're drinking 1%. Is that 'cause you think you're fat? Because you're not. You could be drinking whole if you wanted to. Well, I have all your equipment in my locker. You should probably come get it cause I can't fit my nunchakus in there anymore.
  • [While hitting a tetherball repeatedly] YES! YES! YES!
  • [To Trisha over the phone] It took me, like, 3 hours to finish the shading on your upper lip. It's pretty much the best drawing I've ever done.
  • Are you guys having a killer time?
  • [To Deb] I like your sleeves... they're real big.
  • [To Pedro] Just listen to your heart. That's what I do.
  • What the heck are you even talking about?
  • You got like three feet of air that time. Can I try it real quick?
  • Tina, you fat lard! Come get some dinner! Tina, eat. Eat the food. EAT THE FOOD!
  • Tina, come get some ham!
  • Sorry I'm late. I just got done taming a wild honeymoon stallion for you guys.
  • [To Kip and LaFawnduh at wedding] I hope you guys' experiences are unforgettable.
  • [To Kip and LaFawnduh] LUCKY!

Kip

  • Your Mom goes to college.
  • [Whispering while typing] I love the way your sandy hair floats in the air... To me it's like a lullaby... I'm just flying by...Oh so high... like a kite... tied to a stake.
  • I'm just getting kinda TO'd. I mean, she hasn't even sent me a full body shot yet.
  • How 'bout some gold bracelets?
  • I've been out making some sweet moolah with Uncle Rico.
  • Lafawnduh is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I'm 100% positive she's my soul mate. Don't worry Napoleon, I'm sure there's a babe out there for you too. Peace out.
  • [Kip is singing to Lafawnduh after they are pronounced husband and wife] Why do you love me? Why do you need me? Always and forever... We met in a chat room, now our love can fully bloom... Sure the world wide web is great, but you, you make me salivate... Yes, I love technology, but not as much as you, you see... But still, I love technology... Always and forever. Our love is like a flock of doves, flying up to heaven above... always and forever, always and forever... Why do you need me? Why do you love me? Always and forever...
  • Napoleon, let go of me! You're bruising my neck meat!
  • I think you ripped my mole off!

Rex

  • I'm Rex, founder of the Rex Kwon Do self-defense system! After one week with me in my dojo, you'll be prepared to defend yourself with the strength of a grizzly, the reflexes of a puma, and the wisdom of a man.
  • Bow to your sensei. BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!
  • Grab my arm. The other arm. MY other arm!
  • At Rex Kwon Do, we use the buddy system. No more flying solo! You need somebody watching your back AT ALL TIMES! Second off, you're gonna learn to discipline your image. You think I got where I am today because I dressed like Peter Pan over here? [gestures toward Napoleon]
  • Take a look at what I'm wearing, people [in sunglasses and matching American flag pants and bandana]. You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I'm wearing these bad boys? Forget about it. Last off, my students will learn about self respect. You think anybody thinks I'm a failure because I go home to Starla at night? [Points at a photo of his wife, a blonde, tan, muscular body-builder] Forget about it!
  • Just break the wrist, and walk away. Break the wrist; walk away.
  • [To Rico, after he arrives home to find him trying to sell herbal breast enhancers to Starla] C'MERE, BOY!!

Uncle Rico

  • How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains?... Yeah... Coach woulda put me in fourth quarter, we would've been state champions. No doubt. No doubt in my mind.
  • Napoleon, you know we can't afford the fun pack! What, do you think money grows on trees in this family? Take it back! And get some Pampers for you and your brother while you're at it.
  • Back in '82, I used to be able to toss a pigskin a quarter of a mile.
  • Your grandma took a spill at the sand dunes today. Broke her coccyx!
  • Hey, you guys wanna see my video?
  • Kip, I reckon you know a lot about...cyberspace?
  • Man I wish I could go back in time... I'd take state.
  • Billowy's good.

Dialogue

Vern: What are you going to do today, Napoleon?
Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!

Napoleon: (takes a bottle of juice from the refrigerator and stops short) Who are you?
Lafawnduh: I'm Lafawnduh.
Napoleon: What are you doing here?
Lafawnduh: Waiting for Kip. (short pause) Why are you so sweaty? (points at him)
Napoleon: 'Been practicing.
Lafawnduh: Practicing what?
Napoleon: My dance moves (compulsively turns his head and takes a swig of juice).

Teacher: Your current event, Napoleon.
Napoleon: Last week, Japanese scientists explaced... placed explosive detonators at the bottom of Lake Loch Ness to blow Nessie out of the water. Sir Curt Godfrey of the Nessie Alliance summoned the help of Scotland's local wizards to cast a protective spell over the lake and its residents, and all those who seek a peaceful existence with our underwater ally.

Don: Hey, Napoleon. What did you do last summer again?
Napoleon: I told you! I spent it with my uncle in Alaska hunting wolverines!
Don: Did you shoot any?
Napoleon: Yes, like 50 of 'em! They kept trying to attack my cousins, what the heck would you do in a situation like that?
Don: What kind of gun did you use?
Napoleon: A frickin' twelve-gauge, what do you think?

Napoleon: Hey, can I use your "guyses" phone for a sec?
Secretary: Is there anything wrong?
Napoleon: I don't feel very good. [takes telephone and dials number]
Kip: [on other line, making nachos] Hi.
Napoleon: Is grandma there?
Kip: No, she's getting her hair done.
Napoleon: Ughhhhhhhhhhhhh...
Kip: What do you need?
Napoleon: Can you just go get her for me?
Kip: I'm really busy right now.
Napoleon: Just tell her to come get me.
Kip: Why?
Napoleon: 'Cause I don't feel good!
Kip: Well, have you talked to the school nurse?
Napoleon: No, she doesn't know anything... Will you just come get me?
Kip: No.
Napoleon: Well, will you do me a favor then? Can you bring me my ChapStick?
Kip: No, Napoleon.
Napoleon: But my lips hurt real bad!
Kip: Just borrow some from the school nurse. I know she has, like, five sticks in her drawer.
Napoleon: I'm not gonna use hers, you sicko!
Kip: See ya. (Hangs up)
Napoleon: Ugh! Idiot!

Napoleon: Do you ride the bus to school?
Pedro: No, I ride my bike.
Napoleon: What kind of bike do you have?
Pedro: It's a Sledgehammer.
Napoleon: Dang! You got shocks... pegs... Lucky! (Also notices the Mexican Flag on the back of the seat) You ever taken off any sweet jumps?

Napoleon: How long did it take you to grow that moustache?
Pedro: Eh... a couple of days.

Napoleon: Stay home and eat all the freakin' chips, Kip!
Kip: Napoleon, don't be jealous 'cause I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to become a cage fighter.
Napoleon: Since when, Kip? You have the worst reflexes of all time.
Kip: Try and hit me, Napoleon.
Napoleon: What?
Kip: I said come down here and see what happens if you try and hit me.
Napoleon: [comes down the stairs] Such an idiot...!
[After Napoleon tries and fails to hit Kip a few times, the doorbell rings]
Napoleon: I'll get it. [Slaps Kip in the face while he's not looking]
Kip: Geeeez!

Deb: And here we have some boondoggle keychains. A must-have for this season's fashion.
Napoleon: I already made, like, infinity of those at scout camp.
Deb: Well, is anyone else here? I'm trying to earn money for college.
Kip: [in the background] Your mom goes to college!
[Deb shoves the case into Napoleon's hands and runs away]

Grandma: How was school today, Napoleon?
Napoleon: Worst day of my life, what do you think?

Napoleon: Well, what is there to eat?
Grandma: Knock it off, Napoleon! Make yourself a dang quesadilla!
Napoleon: Fine!

Napoleon: So me and you are pretty much friends now right?
Pedro: Yes.
Napoleon: So you got my back and everything?
Pedro: What?!
Napoleon: Never mind.

Kip: So how long are we talking about working?
Uncle Rico: What,are you already losing your steam?
Kip: No, I just... I have a chat room meeting at four. I gotta be back here by then.
Uncle Rico: All right, you just start a little earlier, that's all. Or else work afterwards. How long is the chat room?
Kip: Jeez, sometimes up to 3 or 4 hours maybe... maybe not...
Uncle Rico: You pay the bills for that? Does that cost money every time you're on, like for minutes on the phone?
Kip: Yeah, grandma's still paying per minute. She gets kinda pissed at me sometimes cause I'm on there so long.
Uncle Rico: I bet she does. I'll tell you something, I'd be throwing you out the window.

Napoleon: My old girlfriend from Oklahoma was gonna fly out for the dance but she couldn't cause she's doing some modeling right now.
Pedro: Is she hot?
Napoleon: See for yourself. [hands him Deb's glamor shot sample]
Pedro: Wow.
Napoleon: Yeah, I took her to the mall to get some glamor shots for her birthday one year.
Pedro: I like her bangs.
Napoleon: Me too.

Randy: Napoleon, give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No, go find your own.
Randy: Come on. Give me some of your tots.
Napoleon: No. I'm freakin' starved. I didn't get to eat anything today.
[Randy kicks Napoleon's pants pocket, ruining the tater tots]
Napoleon: Ugh.. gross. Freakin' idiot!

Don: [playing kickball] Hey, Napoleon. Did you wet the bed last night?
Napoleon: Hey, Don. Did you take a dump in your bed last night?
Don: I could kick your butt, Napoleon, so I'd shut up.
Napoleon: Why don't you go tell your mom to shut up?
Don: What did you just say?
Napoleon: Whatever I feel like I wanna say!
Don: Did you just say something about my mom?
Napoleon: Maybe I did, maybe I didn't!
Don: Do you wanna die, Napoleon?
Napoleon: Yeah, right. Who's the only one here knows illegal ninja moves from the government?
Don: [steps up to Napoleon] Step up, Napoleon.
[Napoleon slaps him, then runs away.]

Napoleon: Grandma just called and said you're supposed to go home.
Uncle Rico: She didn't tell me anything.
Napoleon: Too bad. She said she doesn't want you here when she gets back because you've been ruining everybody's lives and eating all our steak.
Uncle Rico: I'm not goin' anywhere, Napoleon.
Napoleon: Get off my property!
Uncle Rico: It's a free country. I can do whatever I want.
Napoleon: Get off my property or I'll call the cops on you.
Uncle Rico: Well then do it! Go on!
Napoleon: Maybe I will, GOSH!

Uncle Rico: So, what do you think?
Kip: It's pretty cool, I guess.
Uncle Rico: Ohhhh, man, I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state.
Napoleon: This is pretty much the worst video ever made.
Kip: Napoleon, like anyone can even know that.
Uncle Rico: You know what, Napoleon? You can leave.
Napoleon: You guys are retarded!

Napoleon: [referring to the dance] Who are you gonna ask?
Pedro: That girl over there.
Napoleon: Summer Wheatly? How the heck are you gonna do that?
Pedro: Build her a cake or something.

Pedro: Do you think people will vote for me?
Napoleon: Heck yes! I'd vote for you.
Pedro: Like what are my skills?
Napoleon: Well, you have a sweet bike, and you're really good at hooking up with chicks. Plus you're,like, the only guy at school who has a mustache.
Pedro: That's true.

Pedro: If I win, you can be my secretary or something.
Napoleon: Sweet!

Uncle Rico: What about your girlfriend?
Kip: Well, things are getting pretty serious right now. I mean, we chat online for, like, two hours every day so I guess you could say things are gettin' pretty serious.

Napoleon: Deb just called me. She pretty much hates me by now.
Pedro: Why?
Napoleon: Because my uncle Rico's an IDIOT.
Pedro: Do you have anything to give to her?
Napoleon: No. Not unless she likes fish.

Pedro: Who was that?
Napoleon: Trisha.
Pedro: Who's she?
Napoleon: My woman I'm taking to the dance.
Pedro: Did you draw her a picture?
Napoleon: Heck yes I did.

Uncle Rico: I wish you wouldn't look at me like that, Napoleon.
Napoleon: I wish you'd get out of my life and shut up!
Uncle Rico: Let me tell you about something. While you're out there playing patty cake with your friend Pedro, your Uncle Rico is making a 120 bucks.
Napoleon: I could make that much money in 5 seconds!
Kip: Geez, yeah right, Napoleon. I made, like, 75 bucks today.
Uncle Rico: Napoleon, it looks like you don't have a job. So, why don't you go out there and feed Tina?
Napoleon: Why don't you go eat a decroded piece of crap?

Don: Vote for Summer.
Napoleon: Yeah, right, I'm not voting for her.
Don: Then who you gonna vote for?
Napoleon: I'm votin' for Pedro Sanchez, who do you think? [Don scoffs and starts to walk away]
Napoleon: Hey, Don. Can I have one of those buttons?
[Don hands Napoleon a "Vote 4 Summer" button; Napoleon tosses it across the hall, stares at Don, then runs away.]

Deb: What are you drawing?
Napoleon: A liger.
Deb: What's a liger?
Napoleon: It's pretty much my favorite animal. It's like a lion and a tiger mixed... bred for its skills in magic.

Napoleon: [entering convenience store] Hey, how's it goin'? Those egg rolls are looking pretty good. I might get me some later, I don't have any money right now. You know, I think I'm just gonna get me one of them lotto tickets. My wife says I gotta stop but I'm just feeling real positive today and I wanted to try out my luck and —
Cashier: I think you'd better get back to class. I don't sell lotto tickets to minors.
Napoleon: I'm just gonna go get my ID. [bumps into cooler]
...
Napoleon: [outside, to Pedro] Gosh! They wouldn't sell me one. I don't look old enough. Dang!
Pedro: Do you think I look old enough?
...
Pedro: [in store] Un lotto ticket, por favor.
[the Cashier looks at Pedro's mustache, then sells him a ticket.]
...
Napoleon: [outside, scratching ticket] Yes! Three spuds! You picked a good one! That's ten dollars! Yes!

Napoleon: Why do you got your hood on like that?
Pedro: Well, when I came home from school, my head started to get really hot. So I drank some cold water, but it didn't do nothing. So I laid in the bathtub for a while, but then I realized that it was my hair that was making my head so hot. So I went in the kitchen, and I shaved it all off and I don't want no one to see.

Napoleon: Are you guys are, like, Pedro's cousins with all the sweet hook-ups?
Cholo #1: Si món. [translates from Spanish to "Heck yeah"]

Napoleon: [drinks a glass of milk] The defect in that one is bleach.
FFA Judge No. 1: That's right.
Napoleon: Yessssss.
Napoleon: [drinks second glass of milk] This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.
FFA Judge No. 2: Correct.
Napoleon: Yessssss.

Randy: Hey, lemme borrow your bike!
Nerd: No.
Randy: C'mon. I'll buy you some chips.
Nerd: No. [they both fight over the bike. A few seconds later, Pedro's cousins pull up to the scene of the fight. They look at Randy and shake their heads. Randy gets scared and runs away]

Dave: Hey, Napoleon. I hear you're in a club for girls.
Napoleon: Shut up, I am not.
Dave: Yeah? Why are you in the Happy Hands Club then?
Napoleon: 'Cause I didn't have a freakin' choice. All the other sweet clubs were filled up. Gosh!

[Napoleon hurls an orange at Uncle Rico's van, Uncle Rico stops his van, gets out his van, face to face with Napoleon, Napoleon throws an orange at Uncle Rico, Uncle Rico chases him, tackles Napoleon down, and puts Napoleon in a headlock]
Uncle Rico: Why the heck you throwin' crap at my van, Napoleon?!
Napoleon: Everybody at school thinks I'm a frickin' IDIOT because of you!
Uncle Rico: You're gonna clean my van... right now.
Napoleon: Get off of me, you bodaggot! [Napoleon hits Uncle Rico with his elbow, runs off, and climbs the fence]

Sheldon: Who's that in my drive way?
[Pedro's cousin's show off their car's hydraulics]
Napoleon: That's my ride

Taglines

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

Cast

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Napoleon Dynamite is a comedy movie made in 2004 by John Hess and starring Jon Heder.

Story

Napoleon is an ordinary school kid who gets bullied. He does not have a good home life. Napoleon lives with his brother Kip and their grandmother. Napoleon’s grandmother goes to see some friends. Napoleon and Kip are left to stay with their uncle Rico. One day Napoleon meets Pedro. They become good friends. Pedro runs for school president. Pedro has to compete with the most popular girl in school, Summer Wheatly, to win the school vote. Napoleon meets a girl named Deb who he begins to like. Deb, Napoleon and Pedro keep working for Pedro to beat Summer Wheatly for president. Napoleon dances in a skit at the announcing of the president for Pedro. Kip gets married and Pedro becomes school president. Napoleon and Deb live a happy life together.

Main Characters

Actor Character
Jon HederNapoleon Dynamite
Jon GriesUncle Rico
Efren RamirezPedro Sanchez
Aaron RuellKip
Diedrich BaderRex
Tina MajorinoDeb
Sandy MartinGrandma
Haylie DuffSummer Wheatly

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