June 14, 2004


On Friday night I caught the hilariously offbeat high school comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” and consider it the second best movie I’ve seen this year (after “Eternal Sunshine”), and best film I’ve ever seen that was set in rural Idaho.

The film is clearly very influenced by Wes Anderson’s work, but also finds room for all sorts of unique touches, including the delightfully original title character. The director and several of the stars are Mormon; I guess we’ve now seen the birth of the Mormon comedic sensibility.

And in one of those only-in-New-York moments, right before I saw the movie its star, Jon Heder, just happened to be standing right outside the theater, apparently having just finished a nearby promotional appearance. It’s only on about three screens in the country right now, but when “Napoleon Dynamite” comes to your city, see it.

Posted by Stephen Silver at June 14, 2004 08:21 AM
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