Napoleon Dynamite was a strange cultural phenomenon that somehow had the right amount of weirdness at the right time. I can't really explain why I find the movie so funny, it's not even Jon Heder's character in the film, or Pedro's sullen, understated expressions. It isn't even Napoleon's dance or Uncle Rico's lameness. I think what makes it so great is all of that strangeness coalescing into one unforgettable film.
The comedy was released in 2004 and grossed $46.1 million, an impressive feat considering the entire movie was made for only $400,00. The plot follows Napoleon, a socially awkward 16-year-old living in Idaho, and his friend Pedro, a transfer student from Mexico. There's also a llama at one point, and Hilary Duff's sister Haylie plays a mean girl.
Although the movie's packed with tons of memorable scenes (my personal favorite is Uncle Rico decking Napoleon in the face with a steak, not his own steak, mind you) it's hard to argue against Napoleon's pocket tater-tots as being at the top of the pack.
So Burger King is selling some cheesy tater tots (that are probably gross, let's be honest here) and thought that the best way to promo them would be to get Napoleon and Pedro back together on camera for some lunch. Honestly, bravo to the BK marketing team for this one. Any kid who grew up in the early 2000's associates tater tots with this cult classic, so there are really no two better guys to usher in the era of cheesy tater tots.
And the commercial's so great, I pretty much forgot about how greasy BK is.
I mean, the fact that he's angry they're good couldn't be more honest. It's easy to stay away from junk food when it tastes bad, but when it's delicious, well, just kiss your health goals goodbye.
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