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Napoleon Dynamite
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: April 29, 2004 - 3:37 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 26, 2004 - 11:19 AM PDT

author topic: Napoleon Dynamite
post #1  on April 29, 2004 - 3:37 PM PDT  
Has anybody seen Napoleon Dynamite yet? It was shown at Sundance and is scheduled for limited release in June. It looks pretty amusing.

Here's the trailer.
post #2  on June 4, 2004 - 12:21 PM PDT  
seen it? ha! i lived it! well, not really, but i have seen it 3 times already. i read some user reviews over imdb and it seems like its an easy movie to miss the point of. i loved it, and thought it was a touching and funny story about the awkwardness of being a teenager. people will probably focus on the stylistic choices it makes or the oddball humor or the fact that it is or isn't ironic enough depending on your disposition... i just thought it was a brilliant movie.

imagine a john hughes movie, only without a central plot and without the contrivances and shot in a self-aware style that is self-conscious but not condescending and i think you have the basic idea.

go see it for free if you can, again and again. they give you t-shirts!
post #3  on June 8, 2004 - 10:22 AM PDT  
Unfortunately, I don't live near any of the places that have free previews. It's being released in "selected theaters" on June 11.

Apparently, Napoleon Dynamite is one of Elvis Costello's nicknames?
post #4  on July 5, 2004 - 12:44 PM PDT  
I believe that is right, that Napoleon Dynamite is an Elvis Costello nickname -- I also think he released an album called that.

It was a decent flick, and was an extremely refreshing comedy in many ways; I enjoyed it. Some of the subplots in the film were not terribly terrific, but the film as a whole was quite good.
post #5  on July 5, 2004 - 1:00 PM PDT  
It was the funniest movie I have seen in a long time. A lot of belly laughs that you don't have to feel guilty about later, like you do with most ben stiller movies and the like.

I guess you could say the plot is weak, but the plot doesn't matter. It's just good for a laugh when you need one. And I really needed one this week. This year. Actually, I've been in need of a good laugh since January 2001. But that's... a different story.
post #6  on July 7, 2004 - 2:07 PM PDT  
Napoleon Dynamite still hasn't toured the hinterlands.
post #7  on July 13, 2004 - 12:55 AM PDT  
I saw this and I enjoyed it. I thought the movie itself was kinda crappy but the characters were absolutely hilarious. This one is generating a lot of debate over at Imdb, apparently some people don't like it and those that do really love it and will defend it do the death.

Anyways I think people should see it just to hear kip bag on Deb.

"Your mom goes to college" - Kip
post #8  on July 13, 2004 - 2:18 PM PDT  
> On July 13, 2004 - 12:55 AM PDT amoon wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "Your mom goes to college" - Kip
> ---------------------------------

best line ever.

man, the simpson's "Comic Book Guy" needs a new catch phrase.
post #9  on July 26, 2004 - 10:38 AM PDT  
I finally managed to see it on Saturday. I enjoyed it, but I can see it's not for everybody.

Did everybody see the segment that runs after the end of the credits?

I have staying-until-the-end-of-the-credits skills.
post #10  on July 26, 2004 - 11:19 AM PDT  
I saw it again this weekend... didn't really like the extra scene, at least not they way they did it at my theater... I'll explain more on the Waiting through the end of the credits thread.

Still, it's sweet.

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