I’ve had several people tell me that Napoleon Dynamite was one of the funniest movies they’ve ever seen and that it was made by some BYU grads. I was just about to take my family to it, when I checked online for information. The previews offered at foxsearchlight.com immediately raised a red flag. That’s humor? Am I missing something? Then I found Roger Ebert’s review. I love goofy humor, but after seeing the previews and reading the review, all of us were glad to stay home. Let me know if I’m wrong.
Ebert had an interesting line at the end of his review:
I’m told the movie was greeted at Sundance with lots of laughter, but then Sundance audiences are concerned with being cool, and to sit through this film in depressed silence would not be cool, however urgently it might be appropriate.
Have I deprived my family of a valuable cultural experience and a journey into sublime humor?