Napoleon Dynamite
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Napoleon Dynamite

An irreverent comedy about a guy out to prove he’s got nothing to prove.


When Napoleon Dynamite, a bizarre teen who's not afraid to be himself, befriends shy Deb and mustachioed Pedro, the trio attend the school dance, launch a campaign to elect Pedro as class president, and just survive the bizarre friends, family, and town around them.

What can we learn from Napoleon Dynamite's life? And what does the film say about friendship, family, and regrets? This study will help you discuss the movie and its themes in a biblical context.

Discussion Guide

• Movie Summary

• Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*

(Romans 12:4–8; Ecclesiastes 4:9–10; Galatians 6:2; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:2; Hebrews 13:1; 1 Peter 1:22)

(Proverbs 17:17; 1 Peter: 5:5; Ephesians 6:1–3; 1 Peter 2:17; Ephesians 4:29–32; 1 Corinthians 13:4–7)

(1 Peter 3:3–4; 1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Corinthians 2:7–14; Psalm 139:23–24; Romans 8:25–27)

—Dreams and Plans
(Proverbs 12:11; Isaiah 43:18; 65:16; Jeremiah 29:11)

• As the Credits Roll

Based On

Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight, 2004), directed by Jared Hess, screenplay by Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess, rated PG for thematic elements and language.

Photo © Copyright Fox Searchlight

Total number of pages

  • Word Document
  • SMG-MS0019-D