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The cast of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ is coming to Cedar Rapids



Napoleon Dynamite – Live Q&A

Paramount Theatre — Sunday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) in ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ — film still

Attention former early ’00s teens: Dig your “Vote for Pedro” tee out of the old-clothes trash bag in the back of your childhood bedroom closet, fill your pocket with tots, grab a Chapstick and head to Paramount Theatre on Sept. 27 to meet your, uh, heroes.

Three stars of the 2004 indie comedy Napoleon Dynamite — Jon Heder (Napoleon), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) — are coming to Cedar Rapids for a one-night-only screening of the film and a Q&A with the audience. Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at 10 a.m., costing $35, or $125 for a VIP ticket including a meet-and-greet.

Celebrating its sweet 16 this year, Napoleon Dynamite, directed by Jared Hess, is a low-budget, almost instant cult-classic comedy about awkward high schoolers and zany adults living in rural Idaho (which was apparently in some sort of time warp in 2004, as the film is full of ’70s and ’80s fashion and ’90s technology and music). The film is best known for its dry, quotable lines about Tina the “fat lard” llama, “ligers” (bred for their skills and magic) and “dang quesadil-las” — and, of course, Napoleon’s favorite word: “Gosh!

Uncle Rico’s time machine may have been a scam, but if you’re interested in a taste of 2004, a night of Napoleon Dynamite nostalgia should be sufficient. Will Heder strike a move? Will Ramirez wear his hair piece? Is Gries going to try and sell the audience crappy off-brand Tupperware? We’ll see on Sept. 27. In the meantime, wanna play tetherball?


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