History Film / NapoleonDynamite

20th Jun '16 7:09:40 PM dlchen145
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* FollowTheLeader: After the success of the film, many TV commercials (notably candy commercials for Skittles and Trolli) tried to emulate the film's style by featuring absurd, deadpan humor and realistic-looking kids in late '70s - early '80s clothes.
20th Jun '16 7:09:21 PM dlchen145
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29th Apr '16 7:39:38 AM dlchen145
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* PlayingGertrude: Sandy Martin plays the grandmother of Napoleon and Kip, despite being less than 30 years older than Creator/JonHeder or Creator/AaronRuell. Creator/JonGries, who plays their uncle, is also just 7 years younger than her, though it's unknown whether or not he's her son.

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* PlayingGertrude: Sandy Martin plays the grandmother of Napoleon and Kip, despite being less than 30 years older than Creator/JonHeder Jon Heder or Creator/AaronRuell. Creator/JonGries, Aaron Ruell. Jon Gries, who plays their uncle, is also just 7 years younger than her, though it's unknown whether or not he's her son.
23rd Feb '16 11:39:37 PM ChrisDen
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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In-universe: Napoleon's dance sequence is completely unexplained. It is unrelated to any aspect of Pedro's campaign, style, or personality (which was, itself, very random). It does not respond to Summer's campaign promises by any means. It comes out of nowhere and makes zero sense and has very little context. Everything goes quiet, and then - [[spoiler: thunderous applause; Pedro wins]].It's a rare [[JustifiedTrope justified]] BLAM- Napoleon only did it because he had no idea that he and Pedro were required to perform a skit, so he just did the first thing that popped into his head to stall for time. [[spoiler: It works beautifully]].
* BlackComedy: The scene where the farmer shoots a cow ''just'' as a schoolbus full of children stops on the street.

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* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In-universe: Napoleon's dance sequence is completely unexplained. It is unrelated to any aspect of Pedro's campaign, style, or personality (which was, itself, very random). It does not respond to Summer's campaign promises by any means. It comes out of nowhere and makes zero sense and has very little context. Everything goes quiet, and then - [[spoiler: thunderous applause; Pedro wins]]. It's a rare [[JustifiedTrope justified]] BLAM- Napoleon only did it because he had no idea that he and Pedro were required to perform a skit, so he just did the first thing that popped into his head to stall for time. [[spoiler: It works beautifully]].
* BlackComedy: The scene where the farmer shoots a cow ''just'' as a schoolbus school bus full of children stops on the street.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Pedro is shown at one point to have a sister. She turns in one scene where she mistakenly takes Napoleon's call for Pedro, but then never shows up again.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Pedro is shown at one point to have a sister. She turns up in one scene where she mistakenly takes Napoleon's call for Pedro, but then never shows up again.
22nd Feb '16 8:36:03 PM liamh
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* PlayingGertrude: Sandy Martin plays the grandmother of Napoleon and Kip, despite being less than 30 years older than Creator/JonHeder or Creator/AaronRuell. Creator/JonGries, who plays their uncle, is also just 7 years younger than her, though it's unknown whether or not he's her son.
5th Feb '16 12:15:04 PM Mongoosedog
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** The film makers claim that they heard a rambling homeless man call himself Napoleon Dynamite. It's a pretty plausible story that they heard it from someone else who knew about it and then assumed that the homeless guy made it up himself.
*** Hey, it worked that way with [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] and the deodorant "Teen Spirit".

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** The film makers claim that they heard a rambling homeless man call himself Napoleon Dynamite. It's a pretty plausible story that they heard it from someone else who knew about it and then assumed that the homeless guy made it up himself.
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himself. Hey, it worked that way with [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] and the deodorant "Teen Spirit".Spirit" after all!
4th Feb '16 7:04:03 AM Morgenthaler
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The movie aims to be as deadpan awkward as possible, and the results have caused quite a bit of HypeBacklash for those who expected a regular teen comedy. It was the breakout role of Jon Heder, who plays the title character and has gone on to mainstream roles alongside stars like Will Ferrell and Billy Bob Thornton. The filmmakers themselves, [[WriteWhatYouKnow Idaho natives]], went on to make ''NachoLibre'' with Jack Black.

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The movie aims to be as deadpan awkward as possible, and the results have caused quite a bit of HypeBacklash for those who expected a regular teen comedy. It was the breakout role of Jon Heder, who plays the title character and has gone on to mainstream roles alongside stars like Will Ferrell and Billy Bob Thornton. The filmmakers themselves, [[WriteWhatYouKnow Idaho natives]], went on to make ''NachoLibre'' ''Film/NachoLibre'' with Jack Black.
5th Nov '15 9:16:37 PM PsychoGecko
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*** Hey, it worked that way with [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Kurt Cobain]] and the deodorant "Teen Spirit".
27th Aug '15 9:45:21 AM AutoPilate
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* AdvertisedExtra: Diedrich Bader has two scenes and receives top billing but compare some of the other characters like Summer played by FakeGuestStar Haylie Duff who has much more screen time then him.

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* AdvertisedExtra: Diedrich Bader has two scenes and receives top billing but compare some of the other characters like Summer played by FakeGuestStar Haylie Duff who has much more screen time then than him.
16th Aug '15 9:08:01 AM DoctorSleep
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* TestosteronePoisoning: Rex is insanely macho
--> ''"The strength...of a GRIZZLY! The reflexes...of a PUMA! And the wisdom...of a MAN!"''
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