Napoleon Dynamite vs. Superbad

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on 6/25/2009

Tough choice this one... Napoleon Dynamite wins by an inch because it's more original than Superbad.

on 6/26/2009

The first time I watched Napoleon Dynamite I wanted to kill everyone associated with the film. It was after a buddy of mine told me he had the same experience but when he watched it a second time he found hysterical. He was right. I gave it a second shot and it was damn funny. However I loved Superbad from the get go. I even watched it again just recently and still laughed my ass off. I am going to have to go with Hill/Cera on this one.

on 6/27/2009

Superbad was hilarious but it was really just a bunch of cock jokes strung together in a story. Napolean has great catchphrases and great characters. Gosh!

on 6/30/2009

Napoleon Dynamite was just a cult hit - a short-lived cult hit. Superbad had clever writing, good acting and a hilarious outcome.

on 6/30/2009

Napoleon Dynamite is annoying and stupid. Superbad is awesome.

on 7/3/2009

Napoleon Dynamite was never funny and Superbad was an instant classic. Superbad is one of those movies you can watch over and over again like, Old School, Road Trip, and Talladega Nights, and it will still be as funny as you remembered.

on 7/6/2009

Superbad was able to stand out in a world of ever increasingly bad teen comedies and make an impact on comedy as a whole with the emergence of Apatow's crew. An easy choice here.

on 7/12/2009

If Superbad didn't have McLovin I would have picked Napoleon.

on 7/13/2009

Both movies are very good, but I laughed more with 'Napoleon Dynamite'.

on 7/14/2009

I've never liked Napolean Dynamite, no matter how many times I've seen it, it's never gotten better.

on 7/14/2009

Superbad. Barely. Both are equally funny, as far as I'm concerned, but for very different reasons.

on 7/16/2009

Superbad is in a different league than Napoleon Dynamite.

on 7/21/2009

superbad vs napoleon dynamite!!! That is difficult.

on 7/22/2009

It's really a question of what kind of humor you like more: stupid random jokes meant to confuse you, or dirty jokes meant to disgust you. Difficult to compare

on 7/27/2009

Napoleon Dynamite disturbed me, but was pretty funny. i think Superbad wins though

on 7/30/2009

This one is a bit difficult. I agree with others that Napoleon Dynamite is more original.

on 8/3/2009

I´m one of those people that detested Napoleon Dynamite. I didn´t get it, and was really turned off by the silly & over the top acting. I liked Superbad cause all the actors played it straight, no one was winking at the camera.

on 8/3/2009

Superbad... by a mile

on 8/7/2009

ND, not a good movie by any means, i laughed only once. Superbad, while not a great comedy, gets my joke. I love the Orson Wells ate himself to death joke.

on 8/9/2009

Where Superbad lacks originality of its story, the characters, the aims, everything is more likeable and enjoyable than Napoleon Dynamite. Sure if I met Jonah Hill's character in real life I'd want to knock him out, but that's a few steps back from the assured homicide that would follow me meeting any character from Napoleon Dynamite. Superbad stays fresh throughout the movie, where Napoleon Dynamite repeats most of the jokes from the first half into the second. A quality re-hash of an old story is better than a mediocre and annoying original piece. Superbad wins by all means.

on 9/1/2009

There really is no contest here; Superbad should win by a mile. Many people, including myself, had the experience of watching Napoleon Dynamite the first time and not laughing at all. Then, the second time you watch it, usually because a friend puts it on when there's a group of you, you end up laughing, mainly because you're laughing along with everyone else in the room. Then it dawns upon you that you're not laughing with the movie, but laughing *at* the movie. The people who like it don't realise that they like it ironically, like some people like Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Killer Klowns from Outer Space. No one actually cares what happens to Napoleon or Pedro, it's just a bunch of stuff that happens to them. Superbad, while not perfect, has a heart to it that makes you want for Seth and Evan (and even McLovin) to succeed. In doing so, you laugh harder at the jokes, you feel worse for them when they fail, and you smile more when, in the end, they get the girl(s).

on 9/11/2009

Considering the fact that Superbad is about as funny as my fathers heart attack and subsequent death, Napoleon Dynamite wins hands down.

on 9/19/2009

A movie ripe with Appatow's signature humor and brilliance versus a film that I could only suffer through half of. What do you think wins?

on 9/28/2009

Napoleon Dynamite is just stupid. I can watch Superbad over and over again and not get tired of it.

on 9/28/2009

superbad by far

on 10/16/2009

I think Napoleon Dynamite suffered the same fate that some other cult classics have gotten in that so many people looking for indie cred labeled it the greatest comedy ever made it extremely overhyped. I got more enjoyment and laughed harder at Superbad, because it felt more real and had characters you actually gave a damn about.

on 10/28/2009

I love both of these films. When I first watched Napoleon Dynamite I despised it, but being the lazy person I am I needed background noise and pressed play on whatever was in my DVD player. The second time it all clicked. Superbad is hysterical, but too easy. I have to give it to Napoleon Dynamite for the sheer fact that it didn't have any of the typical things that a movie "needs" to be successful. A few of these are cursing, sex, nudity, violence, etc. The makers of this film managed to create an entertaining, funny, memorable film without following the usual formula. For that I applaud them.

on 11/19/2009

Superbad lacks depth. Napoleon Dynamite lacks humor.

on 11/25/2009

Gotta be Napoleon. Funnier, more quotable, more original, more memorable, more re-watchable, more sleeves...more better.

on 11/30/2009

Superbad, two boys trying to get laid, only difference from American Pie in the 90's is there were just two of them. It was funny like American Pie, and a classic for many teenagers. Along with young adults because it is something you can relate to. However, Napoleon Dynamite, you can watch with any person at any age and they'll love it. The movie is so different. I don't think Heder will truly ever do a film better then this one. I still recall lines from the movie and think about it when I see side ways pony tails, chapstick, tots, and a whole bunch of stuff. It just sticks in your mind.

on 12/7/2009

Superbad, but that's not saying much at all as i despise both of these movies.

on 1/2/2010

Both of these are terrible. I hate that I have to even choose one...

on 1/20/2010

I think Superbad is the greatest teen comedy, perhaps, since "Dazed and Confused." ND is just a weird, funny indie with little connection to real life.

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on 2/10/2010

Napoleon Dynamite was the bomb with an original and fresh comic style and Superbad was just crude sex jokes and only a McLovin away from being just another teen sex comedy.

on 2/12/2010

Superbad is funny & hilarious , the best teenmovie since Road Trip & American Pie 1 and I enjoyed this movie a lot and I can watch it over and over. Napoleon is just annoying and not really funny, I felt forced to watch it, just sometimes Napoleon says or do something funny, which is not enough to save this crappy movie. By the way ... McLovin is the shit xD

on 2/16/2010

While I only consider Superbad to be a decent movie (though one of the best of its teenage stuff kind) it is still a world apart from Napoleon Dynamite, which is easily one of the worst films I've seen this decade.

on 4/12/2010

This isn't even a contest. Superbad wins.

on 5/28/2010

Like a few others have said before me, when I first saw Napoleon Dynamite I couldn't stand it and didn't even finish watching it. But then my brother told me to watch it again because Napoleon sounds just like my little cousin. I did, and not only does my little cousin talk exacty like him, I realized how hilarious it is. Superbad is extremely overrated. Napoleon Dynamite hands down.

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on 5/28/2010

McLovin was too funny even though I was still tempted to vote for Pedro.

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on 5/28/2010

As you can see from earlier posts I'm conflicted.

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on 5/28/2010

This is my final verdict. Napoleon Dynamite was the bomb with an original and fresh comic style and Superbad was just crude sex jokes and only a McLovin away from being just another teen sex comedy. McLovin almost sealed a win for Superbad though.

on 10/8/2010

Napoleon was the movie to watch when I was in middle school and when I got into high school it was Superbad. I personally thought Napoleon was funny when I was in middle school but I just recently saw Superbad and I thought it WAS SUPER BAD! It was not funny and just gross. Napoleon was funny back in the day but Superbad was never funny.

on 10/8/2010

Humor is subjective. I found both movies funny but in very different ways. Napoleon Dynamite is comedic genius. Superbad is funny in a dumb movie kind of way.

on 10/8/2010

Wow, people in the world are actually high enough to pick Superbad over the only reason movies like it are made?

on 10/23/2010

Superbad, but by a very slim margin.

on 11/21/2010

Naoleon Dynamite is the worst movie ever created. It is not funn,y it is not written well, and it is acted out by siome of the least talented actors in hollywood history. The people who find this movie funny are the people holding us back to a bright future

on 1/23/2011

Totally agree with Pigalina's comment. Superbad is just a bunch of penis jokes. Napoleon Dynamite is a far superior comedy

on 3/29/2011

Napoleon Dynamite was a horrible movie and was a waste of my time. Superbad was hilarous and has some of the best quotes in movies.

on 4/9/2012

Not even close...Superbad wins.

on 4/9/2012

Superbad BY FAR. Napoleon Dynamite is a failed attempt at humor.

on 6/17/2012

Both of these movies suck, Superbad just happens to suck a little less.

on 7/17/2012

Dynamite is for hipsters. while Superbad is for the sterotypical curious teenage male

on 8/23/2012

Napolean Dynamite

on 9/20/2013

Superbad. I love that movie, one of my all-time favorite comedies.

on 6/9/2014

Superbad

on 6/9/2014

Both are a couple of my favorite comedies from the 00's. Superbad wins for me

on 8/17/2017

Superbad is a neuron away from losing this matchup due to some truly juvenile moments like when the long haired kid spits on Hill. But it gets more replay from me. Superbad by a hair- but I do cringe at the spitting scene and a couple of others. Hill- Cera are very talented comic actors who sell this movie with their presence and delivery