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Still shot from the movie: Napoleon Dynamite.

Napoleon Dynamite

There's certainly nothing conformist about Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder), a Preston, Idaho high school student with a curly red Afro, oversized glasses and moon boot footwear. But this quirky movie full of peculiar characters has managed to capture a cult following. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 89
Theater Release: 11 Jun 2004
Video Release: 03 Feb 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Set in Preston, Idaho rather than Southern California, how does the portrayal of high school differ from many other movies? Are there characters you relate to in this film?

Pedro makes a pinata of Summer Wheatley during the election. How does this cultural tradition cause him problems? Can a lack of understanding or appreciation for others’ customs create unnecessary difficulties?

Napoleon and Pedro are members of the FFA. Learn more about this organization for youth that helps promote leadership and agricultural education.

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About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

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