When In Rome Reunites Napoleon Dynamite And Pedro On Screen

By Josh Tyler 2010-01-27 23:53:00discussion comments
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If youíre a Napoleon Dynamite fan odds are that youíre absolutely not planning to go see When in Rome this weekend. Despite the presence of Jon Heder in both, Jared Hessís awkward quirk-com and Mark Steven Johnsonís rom-com are clearly geared for very different audiences. But if you are a Dynamite fan, them Iím here to give you the heads up: You might want to buy a When in Rome ticket.

Heder appears in the movie as a zany, Chris Angel-like magician who lusts after Kristen Bell. Who wouldnít? But for reasons that are utterly inexplicable, at one point in the film Heder abandons his Lance the Magician persona to become, weirdly, Napoleon Dynamite. And then Pedro shows up. Not just Efren Ramirez, the guy who plays Pedro, but Efren Ramirez actually playing Pedro. It comes out of nowhere, has absolutely nothing to do with the film, but suddenly there it is. Napoleon Dynamite and Pedro together on screen, bantering like their movie never ended, while Kristen Bell looks on waiting for hers to start happening again.

Iím not going to tell you where it happens or how it happens, no point in spoiling the moment. The scene only lasts thirty to sixty seconds, but itís there. If youíre one of those lingering, hardcore, Napoleon Dynamite fans then youíll want a ticket. Maybe two. Dig out your Vote for Pedro shirts and be there. Napoleon and Pedro are together again, even if it doesnít make any sense.
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