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Preston, Napoleon Dynamite, a socially awkward Idaho native, lives with his grandmother and 32-year-old brother, who is constantly communicating with children online. He tries to help his best friend Pedro become president of the student body of a popular girl named Summer Wheatley.
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Napoleon Dynamite (John Heder) is one of those socially awkward and muzzled 16-year-old boys from Preston, Idaho. He lives with his grandmother Carlinda (Sandy Martin) and his older brother Kip (Aaron Ruell). Kip is a 32-year-old aspiring cage fighter who spends hours talking to kids in internet chat rooms. Grandma, well, he’s a free spirit enjoying his twilight years.
Napoleon is a dreamer who draws leagues and other fantastical creatures while trying to deal with the various bullies who torment him every day. One is a popular athlete named Don (Trevor Snarr) and the other is Randy (Bracken Johnson). To cope, Napoleon makes up stories about himself and his many skills, such as mastering nunchaku, archery, computer hacking, because girls only want guys with great skills.
When Carlinda breaks her tailbone in an ATV accident in the dunes, she asks her uncle Rico (John Grice) to watch her while she recovers in the hospital. Rico is a middle-aged man who can’t put his high school football career behind him. At the time, maybe he was the star quarterback at a local school, maybe not. Rico lives in a van after his girlfriend leaves him.
While Rico treats Napoleon like a little kid, he hires Kip for his plan to make quick money by selling shit door to door. Kip, who needs money to bring his internet girlfriend LaFonda (Shondrella Avery) to town. He agreed to join Rico. Rico, for his part, thinks the money will help him overcome his failed dream of becoming a National Football League star and break up with his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, Napoleon befriended two other troublesome students at his school: Deb (Tina Majorino), a shy girl who raises money for the university, and Pedro (Efren Ramirez), a student from Juarez, Mexico.
A dance is planned at their school, and Pedro asks a popular snob named Summer Wheatley (Haley Duff) to be his date. She said no, and he asked Deb. Deb says yes. Napoleon is a little upset about not having a date, and he loves Deb. Pedro urges Napoleon to find someone anyway, and then decides to ask the popular Trisha (Emily Kennard) to be his date.
To resemble him, he paints his portrait as a gift. But it’s incredibly bad. Unfortunately for Tricia, her mother is one of Rico’s clients. When Rico tells her some very embarrassing stories about Napoleon, Tricia’s mother understands and makes Tricia accept Napoleon’s invitation. Upon arriving at the ball, Tricia quickly dumps Napoleon and Pedro makes him dance with Deb.
When Pedro hangs up a campaign poster at the prom, he decides to run for class president. She confronts him about an unhappy summer. Two campaigns consist of handing out flyers in the school and handing out trinkets to buy votes. The boys do community service on America’s Future Farmers to increase their popularity, but it doesn’t work out, even though they get medals for their efforts.
Meanwhile, Napoleon visits a thrift store and finds a VHS dance manual called D-Qwon’s Dance Grooves. He buys it right away to learn how to dance. You know girls only want guys with great skills? That’s been said.
Soon, LaFondue is coming by bus from Detroit, and she’s giving Kip a hip-hop makeover. When she catches Napoleon dancing in his room, she gives him her mix tape so he can practice his dances.
Rico’s scam at the pending sale causes problems for Napoleon as he continues to spread embarrassing rumors about Napoleon to potential buyers. At one point Rico tries to sell Deb a breast enhancement product, claiming it was a suggestion from Napoleon. It forces them to break off their friendship with Napoleon. His intense plan comes to an abrupt end when the town’s martial arts instructor, Rex (Diedrich Bader) of Rex Kwon Do, catches Rico demonstrating his breast enhancement products on his wife.
At the school assembly preceding the election, each candidate gives a speech to the students. Then they should make a sketch for him too. Summer gives a speech in which he asks the students: So, who wants to eat chimichangas next year? I don’t have one. You see, with me it will be summer all year round. Vote for summer. She performs a dance move to a Backstreet Boys song in a school club.
Pedro doesn’t know he has to do a sketch until now. In desperation, he makes a bad speech. To save Pedro’s campaign, Napoleon decides to use his new dancing skills. He hands a mixtape to the sound man LaFawnduh and spontaneously performs the most impressive dance number. Napoleon gets a standing ovation from the students; poor Leto and Don are stunned.
As the movie comes to a close, Pedro becomes class president. Kip and LaFondue are taking the bus to Michigan. Rico is dating his strange girlfriend again. Grandma is back from the hospital, and Napoleon and Deb made up. Signal quarter in the Roman promise, like two balls playing on a leash.
On the post-credits front, Kip and LaFondue are getting married in an open ceremony at Preston. Napoleon arrives on horseback after taking the oath. He pretends to be a wild newborn stallion that he has tamed. Kip throws a low hook to Napoleon, Pedro and Rico. Rico catches him as Chicken LaFondue leaves for the happy ending.
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