I just watched this movie with my teenagers - and though we laughed a couple times at the sheer stupidity of it, both of them thought it was a waste of their time.
Can someone explain the attraction of this movie to me properly? I don't see it. IO love dumb and dumber, but I didn't "get" this one at all. It was just pointless and not that funny (although the Ron Kwan Do instructor's "wife" was funny)
For me, the funny came from the performance of the kid playing Napolean and the character himself. High school is a time when everyone is desperate to fit in. Napleon just does not give a shit or even pretend to. He shops at Goodwill and does a dance a school assembly wearing freakin' moon boots. His stupid facial expression made me laugh, plus the use of "Gosh!" and "Flippin'" and the fact that he keeps numchucks in his locker. It was just so weird it was funny.
For me, the funniest scene in the movie wasn't even IN the movie. It was a deleted scene. I didn't laugh once during the movie, and my friends just kept telling me I didn't "get" it.
Glad I'm not the only one. I was starting to worry.
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Perhaps you just had the wrong perspective going in. I went to see it thinking it was going to suck, as did the majority of people in the theatre (your average blase teen audience). The movie was just so goofy and different, however, that is totally sucked me in and I laughed harder in the theatre than I have in a long time.
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I haven't seen it myself, but the feedback I've gotten from my Blockbuster customers has been kinda unusual.
People around my age (23) tended to enjoy it, while people 40-something and older tended to hate it. There have been a few customers who've broken that mold, but I've noticed a definite dichotomy involved, enough of one that I felt I should mention it.
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I have noticed a near-total split between my friends/acquaintances on this movie, which has me so unnerved I simply refuse to see it, adding it to "Titanic" on the list of films I will never ever ever ever watch.
Thus far EVERY single person I know who has not liked it has despised this movie like the lead actor came and kicked their mothers in the teeth or something. And EVERY single person I know who liked it has been slavishly devoted to this movie. I mean like Kool-Aid drinking, Yes Mr. Koresh sort of devoted. I'm just not comfortable at this point with the whole thing, and want it to go away before some sort of Jihad starts inside my cell phone contact list.
I with you all on the "love it or hate it" aspect. I personally loved the movie. You guys didn't laugh at all at the older brother who was trying to be gangsta? I thought he was a riot. The character of Napolean was great as well, and I loved the use of "Glamour Shots" as a gimmick.
It turns out though that my brother-in-law and sister HATED the movie, not laughing once. Oh well.
Count me among those who really liked this movie. I can't really explain why I do. I guess the weirdness/quirkyness and the deadpan delivery on the gags just worked for me. I was honestly falling out of my chair laughing a few times. Yet every time I recommend this movie to a friend, they chide me later about what an utter waste of time they thought it was.
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Napoleon is an original film, and it tries hard. No cliches, nothing expected, and the result is a very watchable film. Is it funny? Eh. Jon Gries brings the awesome, but other than that it's a clinic of pathetic characters that we're supposed to laugh at because they're pathetic. Like going to the zoo and snickering at the mentally challenged being led past the monkey cage. The fact that "it's about nothing" (which it really isn't, just "about" less than most films with a traditionally laid-out plot) helps, because I can't imagine giving a shit about Napoleon in a more complex or relevant story. As for spending ninety minutes watching these oddities, I can dig it, but not repeatedly.
I think that it helps if you are/were a huge nerd, and went to school in a small town. I fit BOTH of those molds, and I LOVED the movie. I had a couple of best friends in high school that could have been Napoleon's stunt doubles: sheltered, isolated nerds who have never even heard of MTV. The t-shirts with the wolf heads say it all.
For me, it was in the same vein as Garden State - unexpedted, random, and fun.
Originally posted by Super Shane SpearThe bottom line for this movie is that quoting it is about ten times more fun than watching it.
The first time I saw the movie the only part I laughed was when Napolean tried to jump the bike off the ramp, and I thought the movie blew. But in one of my classes or wherever someone would say "God, idiot!" or "Heck yes" in his tone of voice I would laugh or at least chuckle to myself. Thus, for some reason on my second viewing the whole movie was a riot.
"How was school Napolean?" "Just the worst day of my life, what do you think?"
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so, several hours after watching the movie, Mrs AWA and I are lying in bed, chatting and the movie comes up. She chuckes and talks about how awful it was. Now, I just thought it was stupid, I guess. As I mentioned, there were some amusing scenes (and I forgot the bike jump- that was funny). So when she said that, I said "Whaddjathing - geeze!). and she started laughing - and laughing - and laughing. I quoted a few more scenes and she was gone. I mean gone. 25 minues of giggling. Our 17 year old heard us and came in to see if herMom had gone nuts and she caught the bug. Me too, a little.
So to whoever said the talking about it is funnier than the movies - year, I see that.
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Whatever. It's a weird movie. Don't miss the wedding of La Fonda and Kip at the end of the credits. If you watch the rest of it, that is.
To echo what Jericholic and SSS said...the movie is funny to watch, HILARIOUS to quote, and even funnier to watch once you've started to quote it regularly. A kid in one of my friends classes here at PSU (a class of about 400, mind you), stood up in the middle of class and just said "Gosh, I'm in the wrong flippin' class! Geez!", and then walked out. And according to my friend, everyone in the class, teacher included, was in stitches for a good five minutes afterward.
I never understood the fuss about the movie--until I actually saw it. Bill Watterson (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) described one of his strips as being "weird for weirdness' sake" and I think that phrase accurately describes Napoleon Dynamite. It's just weird for weirdness' sake, take it or leave it. If you project the movie into real life, as the kid in the large class did, then I think it becomes truly funny.
I had no desire to see this thing at first, as it looked horrible. However, just about every single person I knew was saying how hilarious it was and how I had to see it. So I did. About a half-hour into it I turned it off. I guess it's just not my type of humor or something, because I got to the point where I thought "I can't take another hour of this."
It is a polarized movie, though, as everyone seems to love it or hate it. I just happen to be in the second category.
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