Openers, Topical Curriculum

Napoleon Dynamite


This is a short clip from the movie Napoleon Dynamite. It’s a fun way to introduce a talk or discussion on dating.

Plot Summary: A nerdy teen who lives with his weird family befriends another nerd and helps him win the high school class presidency.

2nd scene. 0.33.30. Pedro has asked Napoleon’s friend, Deb, to the high school dance. During lunch in the cafeteria, she gives him a note saying, “Yes!” The cameras take us in front of lockers.

Key lines:


    • Well, nobody’s gonna go out with me.

Pedro: Have you asked anybody yet?

Napoleon: No, but who would? I don’t have any good skills.

Pedro: What do you mean?

Napoleon: You know, like, nun-chuck skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills.

Pedro: Aren’t you pretty good at drawing, like, animals and warriors and stuff?

Napoleon: Yes, probably the best that I know of.

Pedro: Just draw a picture of the girl you want to take out and give it to her for, like, a gift or something.

Napoleon: That’s a pretty good idea.

(Scene cuts to Napolean in his room going through the yearbook to find the girl he wants to ask out.)



Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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