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Napoleon Dynamite vs. Amélie

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We were both pretty tired last night (heat + humidity) so instead of going to see the US Navy Band play at the US Capitol we stayed in and watched Napoleon Dynamite instead. I didn't like it as much as Amélie, for two reasons: ND himself was not exactly a charming or likable character, and I related uncomfortably to the socially marginalized world that ND lived in. I spent a lot of time as the kid with the unfashionable bell-bottom pants. While I can certainly understand some aspects of Amélie (liking a boy so much I end up melting) the squirm/cringe factor was much higher with ND. MoBob enjoyed it and he was really impressed with Idaho. I think he likes movies in general that show Americans with a "village mentality." I don't mean that disparagingly - what MB refers to is the cultural life in a small rural community. It was fun trying to pick out the Mormon references and I did like the imaginative opening sequence of 100% American dishes like corn dogs and casseroles, and also all the retro references from the 1970s and 1980s.

Maybe we can count watching a comedy set in a predominately Mormon part of Idaho as family home evening. It was a Monday night after all.
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On August 8th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC), congogirl commented:
I loved Amelie because of the romance and intrigue, and because she was endearing in her shyness and social anxiety. I agree that Napoleon was not as endearing, but I think his problem, were it to be clinically diagnosed, would not be social anxiety but rather Asperger's Syndrome. But I liked the deadpan humor and I certainly related to the high school level difficulties, so to that end, I - well, maybe I didn't ENJOY it, but I thought it was very well done.
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On August 8th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I hadn't even thought about Asperger's. I also thought it was interesting that the Deb character was in the same way in the beginning of the movie (social paralyzed) and ended up being the most articulate character.
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On August 8th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC), congogirl replied:
Someone described it to me recently and I think there was a kid in my class who had it, and then I saw the movie and it seemed like an appropriate analysis.

Deb kind of had problems, but I think she was just shy!
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On August 8th, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Gosh, who didn't in that movie - Grandma?
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On August 8th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC), congogirl replied:
Yeah - she was awesome!!
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