12/23/2004: Someone who saw it, please answer me this question....
is Napoleon Dynamite really any good?
I never saw it myself (slipped under the radar), but the TV's been seemingly awash in commercials for the Napoleon Dynamite DVD release, and the commercials make me extremely disinterested in seeing it.
One of the user comments on the IMDB page for the movie says that it may be "a love it or hate it" kind of flick. I can appreciate that (there are quite a few movies like that, and I've fallen on the "love it" side of a few and the "hate it" side of the rest, and that's cool; it's difference of opinion, after all, that makes a horse race), although the IMDB commenter claims that it's a cross between Monty Python and Tommy Boy. If that's the case I'm surprised that the commercials don't leave me wanting to see it; I'm a great fan of Python, and while it's not the greatest comedy of all time I found Tommy Boy to be enjoyable enough in a lighthearted fashion (Chris Farley and David Spade always, I thought, played well opposite each other, and I still think that casting Brian Dennehey as Chris Farley's father was a stroke of genius). But the commercials for Napoleon Dynamite leave me cold. Not as cold as this Christmas in Memphis, granted, but cold nonetheless.
Len on 12.23.04 @ 07:10 PM CST