Napoleon Dynamite Starring: Jon Heder, Jon Gries, Aaron Ruell, Efrem Ramirez Director: Jared Hess The film: American cinema is in a funny state. Heroes? They seem to be either of the comic book variety or this - the dweeb anti-hero we've seen in the brilliantly similar Welcome to the Dolls House or Rushmore. Do these people actually exist? Let's hope so, because in Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder, pictured left with Efrem Ramirez) you end up cheering for the horrible misfit and all his polyester-wearing ways. He's a liar, an annoyance and probably richly deserves having his head banged against the high school locker. In fact, you'll want to strangle him. But then, by the film's finale, you'll be cheering along with his classmates when you realise he's just another guy trying to make his way. First-time director Jared Hess plays games with us from the beginning. You have no idea who this Napoleon guy is, or what he's up to. So, the film plays out, following him during a mundane course of daily events: playing at school, and bickering at home with his equally irritating brother. Before you know it, though, the plot is introduced: it's Napoleon and his cohort (well, his friend by default, the new kid at school, played by Efrem Ramirez) up against the world. And when they win, it's pure delight. Hess surrounds his hero - played by the guy who also wrote the screenplay - with an assortment of America's finest freaks. And again, as in those two previously mentioned films, these are a wonderfully engaging, home-town bunch of losers - from the uncle obsessed with not being allowed to play in his final high school football games, to the gloriously over-the-top martial arts trainer (played by The Drew Carey Show's Diedrich Bader). The glory of getting this on DVD is that you can rewind and pick up the subtle moments that might pass your ear at a cinema - and there are many. That's one of the many joys of this film: small, seemingly innocuous moments that will have you falling off your seat. The extras: The commentary includes insights from the director, the producer and the lead actor - and they give us some gems, too. Such as that the steak-munching Uncle Rico never touched red meat in real life. There's also the short film on which the feature was based, a follow-up short that shows you what might have happened to the two main characters, and deleted scenes. The verdict: Don't wait, buy it.