Cinema Consults: NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Physician's Money Digest, March31 2005, Volume 12, Issue 6

This film, which can be rentedfrom your local video store, israted on a scale of 1 to 4 caducei:

Napoleon Dynamite

Sixteen Candles

Fast Times at

Ridgemont High

NAPOLEONDYNAMITE(2004): If yourkids aren't tormentingyou yetwith lines fromthis movie, don'tworry, they willbe. You might aswell see it yourselfand find out what all of the fussis about. is atrue underground film that is certainto become a classic on par withand . But what separatesthis movie from its teen predecessorsis its quirky innocence. The title character(newcomer Jon Heder) is a nerdof the purest kind—awkward,picked-on, and outcasted. We allknew this guy growing up, maybeeven had a little bit of him in us. Theplot is almost nonexistent, but youreally don't want to watch thismovie for its plot. It's a charactermovie and just watching these peoplemove around in their wacky universewas enough to entertain me.Heder's portrayal of Napoleon ispitch-perfect and completely believable,which makes me wonder whatthis actor is like in real life. He issupported by a cast of equallyintriguing misfits that you can'thelp but root for. Please don't gointo this offbeat comedy expectingto find meaning or depth; it's completelysilly and even a little pointless,but that is part of its charm. Ifyou can just enjoy it for what it is,you will certainly have a good time.

Rating: 3

Lisa A. Tomaszewski,

managing editor

of Physician's Money Digest, is currently

working on her PhD in literature at

Drew University in New Jersey. She is

an avid fan of film and has taught a

summer film course at Fairleigh

Dickinson University. She welcomes

questions, comments, or suggestions for

future film reviews at 732-656-1140

ext 195 or ltomaszewski@mwc.com.