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?