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Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite
Napoleon Dynamite
  • PG
  • 1h 35m
  • 2004
Common Sense Media Iconage 11+
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This hilarious cult classic features a host of unforgettable characters, including Kip, Pedro, Uncle Rico and Napoleon himself, the unlikely hero with a red 'fro and sweet dance moves.
© 2004 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A charming, quirky, and often funny comedy.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
One-of-a-kind high school comedy for the family.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky 2004 indie coming-of-age comedy. While it ultimately celebrates nerds and misfits, some may feel it fuels mockery and ridicule; others will simply find it funny. While the film is comical and satirical in its presentation, the authority figures of the high school, as well as one of the popular girls, reveal ignorance and prejudice toward a Mexican teen who is new to the school. When the teen, Pedro, runs for class president against the popular girl, there's a scene in which characters hit a pińata made to look like the popular girl. The comic action includes slapstick pratfalls (bike injuries to the groin, for instance) and exaggerated bullying by school tough guys. The language is never obscene; characters rely instead on insults ("idiot," "sicko," "retarded") and disguised swearing ("frickin'," "flippin'," "crap"). And there is mild sexual innuendo, along with some kissing and embracing. Napoleon's uncle tries to sell breast enhancement supplements door-to-door, so there's talk of breasts, breast size. There's a scene in which a school bus full of kids stops in front of a field where a farmer is on the verge of shooting a cow in the head with a rifle at point-blank range; the violence is not shown, but strongly implied by the reactions of the kids. Napoleon Dynamite became a box office bonanza and a cultural phenomenon, and spawned an animated series.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 11, 2004
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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