History Analysis / NapoleonDynamite

31st Jul '13 1:43:45 PM mooncake
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* I've heard some say, and taken this view as well, thar we don't laugh at Napoleon cruelly but with pity because he's how we perceive ourselves. Who didn't feel as dorky as Napoleon at some point in their high school? His awkwardness is exaggerated, but so that we can recognize it as a trait and remember our own. And at the end of the film he learns to accept himself, and even use his dorkiness to save the day.

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* I've heard some say, and taken this view as well, thar that we don't laugh at Napoleon cruelly but with pity because he's how we perceive ourselves. Who didn't feel as dorky as Napoleon at some point in their high school? His awkwardness is exaggerated, but so that we can recognize it as a trait and remember our own. And at the end of the film he learns to accept himself, and even use his dorkiness to save the day.
31st Aug '12 8:33:12 PM Tuckerscreator
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* I've heard some say, and taken this view as well, thar we don't laugh at Napoleon cruelly but with pity because he's how we perceive ourselves. Who didn't feel as dorky as Napoleon at some point in their high school? His awkwardness is exaggerated, but so that we can recognize it as a trait and remember our own. And at the end of the film he learns to accept himself, and even use his dorkiness to save the day.
20th Jun '12 3:12:02 PM phazonfarmer
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The characters in the movie are all regressing to earlier points in their life, refusing to grow up. Uncle Rico is obsessed with his glory days of high school football. Deb still sells lanyards to raise money. The grandmother still rides ATVs through sand dunes. Napoleon gets his jollies by playing tetherball and dragging an action figure behind the school bus as a younger child silently looks on. Everyone in the film refuses to act their age.

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The characters in the movie are all regressing to earlier points in their life, refusing to grow up. Uncle Rico is obsessed with his glory days of high school football. Deb still sells lanyards to raise money. The grandmother still rides ATVs [=ATVs=] through sand dunes. Napoleon gets his jollies by playing tetherball and dragging an action figure behind the school bus as a younger child silently looks on. Everyone in the film refuses to act their age.
18th Oct '11 10:40:05 AM drbobjack
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But another interpretation is possible. We can view the characters not as completely negative stereotypes but as flawed human beings. Napoleon is not a fully functional teenager, but he knows who he is and where he is going. He is not, perhaps, someone to be emulated. Other films will deal with likeable leading men and heroes. He can do whatever he wants. And, while we certainly hope to do better, perhaps there is some charm in life on the edges. "This is bad," the film seems to say, "but we could do worse." And that is perhaps the fundamental purpose of the movie: a good life can be found anywhere.

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But another interpretation is possible. We can view the characters not as completely negative stereotypes but as flawed human beings. Napoleon is not a fully functional teenager, but he knows who he is and where he is going. He is not, perhaps, someone to be emulated. Other films will deal with likeable leading men and heroes. He can do whatever he wants. And, while we certainly hope to do better, perhaps there is some charm in life on the edges. "This is bad," the film seems to say, "but we could do worse." And that is perhaps the fundamental purpose of the movie: a good life can be found anywhere.anywhere.

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