Gilbert Cruz
December 21, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Napoleon Dynamite

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
86 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/11/04
performer
Jon Gries, Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Shondrella Avery, Diedrich Bader, Ellen Dubin, Haylie Duff, Emily Kennard, Sandy Martin, Efren Ramirez
director
Jared Hess
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C

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.

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