Genre: Drama dressed in Comedy
Directed By: Jared Hess
Written By: Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
Starring: Jon Heder, Efren Ramirez, Jon Gries, Tina Majorino, Haylie Duff
Why Rent It?
If you’re a fan John Hughes’ classic high school films, and you haven’t seen Naopleon Dynamite, you might have missed the best non-John Hughes high school comedy in years.
Napoleon Dynamite is just your not so average high school kid.
He has a crush on a girl.
And, he likes to dance.
Napoleon Dynamite was the breakout hit of 2004.
But, the critical reception of the film was not kind.
Roger Ebert said:
There is a kind of studied stupidity that sometimes passes as humor, and Jared Hess’ “Napoleon Dynamite” pushes it as far as it can go.
Ouch. Still, the small-town film about a small-town boy from Idaho was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival, and it would go on to gross over $40 million on a $400,000 budget.
We think the movie studio gives those numbers two thumbs-up.
And, forget what Ebert said because Napoleon would call him an Idiot! This movie will make you laugh.