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½ May 4, 2017
You know, I've never seen Napoelon Dynamite in its entirety. That might surprise a lot of people. Much like a lot of other films, I've seen bits and pieces of it here and there, but never once in just one sitting. The point is that Napoleon Dynamite is just one of those films that you either love or hate. There's no real, general consensus on the film (unless you visit NP's page on RottenTomatoes). You either loved it or you hated it. And, as I mentioned, while I haven't seen the film, I can also see how it would be sort of a niche movie for a very specific crowd. I can see how that very specific crowd would love the film, but I'm aware of the fact that it's got a style that's not particularly friendly if you find indie quirk insufferable, which is where most complaints were directed at. Having said all of that, you can sort of see how Napoleon Dynamite influenced this movie. I was gonna say that maybe it had a hint of Wes Anderson, but that would just be complete bullshit. This movie has as much in common with a Wes Anderson flick as I do with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. The point that I'm trying to make is that the film wears its Napoleon Dynamite influence on its sleeves. It doesn't even try to pretend otherwise. It tries to be that same kind of cringe-y, awkward comedy that NP was. And, honestly, it's not really my type of thing. Not saying that I can't enjoy this type of humor, but it just doesn't appeal to me. It appeals to other people and that's more than fine. Everyone deserves to have films that are made specifically tailored to what tickles their funny bone. With that said, this isn't a bad movie at all. I would say that it's average more than anything else. Seth Packard clearly has some talent as a writer and director, that much is obvious. Anyone who tells you otherwise either really though this movie sucked, which I can see how someone would come to hate this, or just completely delusional. There's movies that I've seen, that haven't been any good, where I can see some talent from the writer/director in certain scenes. But I can't really find it in my heart to call this movie funny. At least funny to me. The fact of the matter is that this film has found a relatively positive audience reaction. For me, it just didn't work. It certainly has its moments and I liked the film's tone. But, while this did have some laughs, they weren't ever truly consistent for me to feel that this was a good comedy. I think the problem the film has, more than anything else, is that it just seems like it's trying too hard. Realistically speaking, however, that's better than the alternative, which is not giving a shit and completely phoning it in (see: Transformers franchise). What I mean by that it's just trying way too hard to fit into that indie quirk niche that it forgets that it should probably tell a better story with more consistent comedy. There are times when the film shows flashes of actually 'getting it', as it were, but those are intermittent for sure. I just get the feeling that the quirk was the primary focus and then the story was written around that instead of the other way around. Maybe I'm wrong and maybe both were equally important to Mr. Packard in writing his movie, but that's just the feeling I get. It's trying way too hard to fit into one particular genre instead of just making sure that it's the best possible movie you can make at the time. Again, and I can't say this enough, this is not a bad movie in the slightest. I've seen so many more worse movies than this. I reviewed one just one week ago to be exact (The Disappointments Room). But I think that it was way too focused on trying to fit into that style that it forgot to accompany that style with some actual substance. And, really, a 73-minute long film about a weird guy trying to win over his brother's girlfriend isn't gonna have much in the way of substance. But I felt that there should have been some sort of an attempt. Maybe I'm asking too much, I can forgive some of the film's technical deficiencies, they weren't working with a super big budget. Maybe I should forgive some of the script's deficiencies as well. That one, however, I have a bit of a problem with. Let's say that Packard wrote this script on his own time and money, which I'm assuming he did, then there should be no problem with coming up with a better script that's more consistent. But that's just me. I digress, the film has its funny moments and the cast is more than solid, so that makes the movie watchable. That's about it, I don't really have anything else to say. It's an average movie that just doesn't falls short of being good.
January 27, 2015
I dont understand but i can just keep watching this over and over!
May 9, 2014
Clever, original, and so, so funny.
April 1, 2014
It's clear that Seth Packard thought that this was a very clever film, but I have to say it's really not. This film was not very good.
December 24, 2013
Clever, feelgood teen movie. Lots of fun, but not crudely obnoxious like some of this genra
½ August 10, 2013
The movie invented for yolo.
Grade: A-
½ March 30, 2013
It's an original, quirky, unexpected, good movie. I liked the cast a lot too. It was weird (in a good way) yet still believable in the awkward way. You should check it out
February 27, 2013
Very Cute movie with several twist & turns. Funny with painful experiences of youth, who can't relate!? Lauren McKnight really shined as an adorable & caring 4th (?) cousin who has a heart of gold. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of her. Overall, delightful!
January 13, 2013
A fun, quirky movie. You don't see very many movies made dumb on purpose anymore.
½ October 15, 2012
quirky, odd, strange... I don't know how else to say it.. but it made me smile and I enjoyed it.
September 4, 2012
Modern Napoleon Dynomite
September 3, 2012
This was a cute movie. It had great characters, good acting, and a ton of laughs. It's currently on Netflix and I definitely suggest checking it out.
August 30, 2012
Cute and quirky funny! Fly your freak flag!
March 16, 2012
I LOVED this off beat comedy. I laughed so hard at the dorky-ness of it all. It had a Napoleon Dynamite kind of pace and dry humor, but the characters were more lovable and quirky. You find yourself watching it, laughing hard and saying to yourself, "how dumb," and then you laugh some more at the silliness of it all.

I think the worst thing about this movie is its unfortunate title... I thought it was a young kids movie for a long time before we broke down and rented it at red box because we had nothing else to rent. My family loved it (there are seven of us). I actually bought it from red box because I thought it was so great.
½ January 29, 2012
this movie was hilarious. like, stop comparing it to napoleon dynamite. it was 123094786132 times better. it fun, sweet, funny, and the humor was actually intelligent.
½ November 18, 2011
It‚(TM)s a lot like ‚Napoleon Dynamite‚? but with a different cast. I enjoyed it. I‚(TM)m also amazed at how Seth Packard can play three roles successfully: director, writer, and star as the main character. I would buy this movie and add it to my DVD shelf, right next to ‚Napoleon Dynamite‚? just for good measure. This is a nice comedy worth watching again and again.
½ November 16, 2011
Great Comedy! Something different and unique. Keeps you laughing! Must say, this movie expressed real life situations rather than "theater-like" comedy.
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