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Napoleon Dynamite

Napoleon Dynamite

Join Comedy 101 for a special 20th anniversary screening of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE!

Aaron Ruell (who played Napoleon's brother Kip) will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A!

A low-stakes slice-of-life comedy, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is centered on the titular socially-awkward teenager (a breakout performance from Jon Heder) navigating high school life in small town Idaho. Supported by a cast of equally endearing weirdos – new student Pedro with dreams of being class president, entrepreneurial photographer Deb, chatroom-obsessed brother Kip, and failed football star Uncle Rico – NAPOLEON DYNAMITE refreshingly (for 2004) positions nerds not as outcasts, but lovable, eccentric heroes.

Despite its low budget and indie status, the surprise hit from husband-and-wife filmmakers Jared and Jerusha Hess gained a cult following through its Sundance clout and clever word-of-mouth marketing. NAPOLEON DYNAMITE is celebrated for its offbeat humor and authentic depiction of nerd culture, but twenty years later, Comedy 101 asks: Was NAPOLEON DYNAMITE somehow responsible for both the dominance of superhero films and the low-budget niche indie flick boom of the mid-2000s? We can – and will – argue ‘heck yes,’ gosh!

Director: Jared Hess
Run time: 95 mins
Format: DCP

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