Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Starring: Jon Heder, Aaron Ruell, Tina Marjorino, Jon Gries, Efren Ramirez

Directed by: Jared Hess

PG. 86 mins

An odd high school comedy full of kooky characters and memorably deadpan humour. Jon Heder is Napoleon Dynamite, a red-headed outsider who is determined to help his friend Pedro (Efren Ramirez) become class president and overthrow the popular mean girl (Haylie Duff). Jared Hess wrote and directed this tale of perhaps one of the biggest dorks in film history. Some will find it ludicrous in the approach and perhaps the humour is only appealing to that indie sensibility but Napoleon Dynamite is undeniably charming; It’s pretty ‘friggin’ sweet’ stuff – * * * 1/2

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