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Aro Recommended Napoleon Dynamite


USA 2004, 94 minutes
Dir. Jared Hess
Rating: [PG]
Genres: Comedy / Independent, Youth

Topics: Period 1980s.


Aroview: Destined for cult status, this plays like a high school comedy made by its alienated students, with its quirky in-jokes and non-sequiturs aimed squarely over the heads of the crowd.

Pitching its 'comedy of indifference' between the do-it-yourself kitsch of John Waters and the fragmented off-beats of Wes Anderson (RUSHMORE), this has an 80s pop soundtrack and stylings ala DONNIE DARKO, with which it also shares its outsider sentiment. But it ekes out laughs where there rightly shouldn't be, especially in the quibbling banter between sneering uber-nerd N. Dynamite and his fey, equally snarky sibling.

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