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Million Dollar Movie

“Napoleon Dynamite” is an odd deadpan comedy. I remember the first couple of times I caught it on TV I didn’t know what to make of it. Then one day I saw it through to the end and it made me laugh though I didn’t know if I liked it exactly. It has a distinct tone and is self-aware but so sure. My pal Jay Jaffe loves it and every time I catch the movie on TV I can hear Jay laughing and that makes me happy.

Anyhow, it’s worth watching for this scene alone (and a nice job by the director in framing this scene so we can see Napoleon’s entire body):


1 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 2, 2012 11:13 am

It's just pure silliness. I think if you look for anything more you will be sorely disappointed. I think this is borne out by the careers of all involved.

2 phil_bonanno   ~  Apr 2, 2012 8:26 pm

I never got it, though a few friends swear by it.

3 cult of basebaal   ~  Apr 2, 2012 9:02 pm

[1] Or, if you're being less generous, pure calculation ...

4 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 2, 2012 9:30 pm

[3] Well, that too. I just mean I don't see how anyone can enjoy it beyond it's goofiness. There's no there there whatsoever.

5 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 3, 2012 8:52 am

Never saw it. Barely hoid of it. That bit is absolutely, shit my pants, hilarious. I want more.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 3, 2012 9:12 am

5) Well, the whole movie leads up to it. It's a good payoff.

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