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Jon Gries, left, Jon Heder and Aaron Ruell star in "Napoleon Dynamite." "Napoleon Dynamite" is a thoroughgoing example of why art should be important to religious people, and particularly art done well, by which I mean, oddly enough, art done with a certain lack of self-consciousness.

SALT LAKE CITY — “Napoleon Dynamite” celebrated something of an anniversary on Thursday.

On Jan. 17, 2004, the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, which marks Thursday as the 15th anniversary of its debut.

The film, which tells the story of an awkward and gawky student from Preston, Idaho, who tries to balance school and family, sits well with comedy film fans.

What we said: The original Deseret News review called the movie “genuinely funny,” and a modern version of “Revenge of the Nerds.”

Timeline: I reported on a timeline of events associated with the film last year.

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Recent headlines: Interestingly, “Napoleon Dynamite” made headlines earlier in January when Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum performed the classic dance scene from the film while wearing a “Vote for Damian” T-shirt — a clear nod to the “Vote for Pedro” dance.

  • The video was made as a part of teammate Damian Lillard’s campaign to be voted into the All-Star Game.
  • Facebook removed the video though because McCollum was shown "performing seductive or implied sexual acts,” according to Uproxx.