Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 2004. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MTV Films, Access Films, Napolean Pictures. Screenplay by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess. Cinematography by Munn Powell. Produced by Jeremy Coon, Sean Covel, Chris Wyatt. Music by John Swihart. Production Design by Cory Lorenzen. Costume Design by Jerusha Hess. Film Editing by Jeremy Coon.
The title character is an oddball geek whose obnoxious personality prevents him from seeing himself as anything less than the so-called cool dudes that surround him. In his performance, Jon Heder creates one of the most original and appealing characters you’ve ever seen, and this loosely plotted film, which includes a subtle romance and tangents on Napoleon’s strange brother and quirky uncle, does wisely to rest on the humour produced by his droopy eyes and impatient voice. The central scene, Napoleon’s dance performance at his high school, is so funny you’ll have to watch it twice. An immediate cult classic that deserves its snotty little niche for defiantly avoiding any important revelations or resolving any of its characters’ dilemmas, instead just being goofy and reveling in it.