Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Absurd Comedy, Coming-of-Age  |   Release Date - Jun 11, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The directorial debut of filmmaker Jared Hess, who also co-wrote the screenplay, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky, offbeat comedy set in the small Idaho town of Preston. Jon Heder stars in the titular role, a carrot-topped oddball with a decidedly eccentric family that includes his llama-loving, dune-buggy enthusiast grandmother. The story centers on the local high school's race for class president. Using some nontraditional means, Napoleon is determined to help his pal Pedro (Efrem Ramirez) run a winning campaign and defeat popular girl Summer (Haylie Duff). Also starring The Drew Carey Show's Diedrich Bader, Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

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nerd, high-school, student-council, teenagers, election, friendship

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Low Budget, Low Production Values, Sleeper