Napoleon Dy­na­mite

The hi­lar­i­ous, sweet tale of an odd­ball teen

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This ec­cen­tric, very en­dear­ing small-town com­edy pro­vides a se­ries of droll snap­shots from the teenage life of Idaho nerd Napoleon Dy­na­mite (Jon Heder), who’s some­what akin to a dis­tant transat­lantic cousin of our very own Adrian Mole. Tor­mented by bul­lies, spurned by the op­po­site sex (in­clud­ing Tina Ma­jorino) and forced to live with the most dys­func­tional fam­ily since the Simp­sons, Dy­na­mite is al­ter­nately hi­lar­i­ous and heart­break­ing. It’s a trib­ute to both Heder’s bril­liant per­for­mance and Jared Hess’s sen­si­tive di­rec­tion that we end up root­ing for this gan­gling bag of angst even when he’s be­ing petty and petu­lant. And the bizarre dance fi­nale is some­thing truly awe­some and as­ton­ish­ing to wit­ness.

Dir: Jared Hess 2004, PG, 110min

The awk­ward stage: Ma­jorino and Heder

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