Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film co-written and directed by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess and stars Jon Heder as Napoleon Dynamite. The film was Jared Hess's first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca, the first - and currently only - MTV film rated PG (all prior MTV films had a PG-13 or R rating).
Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in and near Preston, Idaho, in the summer of 2003. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004. In June 2004 it was given a limited release. Its wide release followed in August. The film's total worldwide gross revenue was US $44.5 million. The film has since developed a cult following.
Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) is a high school student from who lives with his grandmother, his elder brother Kip and their pet llama, Tina. Kip (Aaron Ruell), 32, is unemployed and boasts of spending hours in Internet chat rooms with "babes" and training to be a cage fighter. Napoleon daydreams his way through school, doodling liger and other fantastic rare creatures and being bullied. Napoleon is constantly bullied, even with his "kick-butt ninja skills."
Napoleon's grandma breaks her coccyx in a quad bike accident and, believing her grandsons cannot be trusted to look after themselves, she asks Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) to stay with them while she recovers. Uncle Rico is a middle-aged former high-school quarterback who lives in an orange 1975 Dodge Santana campervan and is mentally stuck in the year 1982. His presence, although increasingly irksome to Napoleon, is a boon to Kip as he and Uncle Rico embark on a joint project to become door-to-door salesmen selling sets of Tupperware. Kip reveals that he would like to earn some money to enable him to meet his new Internet girlfriend from Detroit, LaFawnduh Lucas (Shondrella Avery). Uncle Rico is not averse to using Napoleon's name to gain credibility in his attempts to sell herbal breast-enhancement products to Napoleon's school mates, causing increasing friction between Uncle Rico and Napoleon.
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