What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this quirky film celebrates nerds and misfits, some may feel it fuels mockery and ridicule; others will simply find it funny. The comic action includes slapstick pratfalls and exaggerated bullying by school tough guys. The language is never obscene; characters rely instead on insults ("idiot," "sicko," "retarded") and disguised swearing ("frickin’," "flippin'," "crap"). And there is mild sexual innuendo, along with some kissing and embracing. Napoleon Dynamite became a box office bonanza, cultural phenomenon, and spawned an animated series.
- Families can talk about adolescence in different times and places. How is life for the teens in the movie like or not like your own experiences of adolescence?
- Why do you think Napoleon Dynamite caught on so well even though it's so quirky?
- If you've seen the animated series of Napoleon Dynamite, how do you think it compares with the movie?