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Eagle vs Shark 2008

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4.3 out of 5 stars (82) IMDb 6.8/10

When Lily, a lonely, oddball fast-food waitress and hopeless romantic, and Jarrod, another forsaken eccentric who has spent the last decade plotting revenge against a bully from high school, connect at a "dress as your favorite animal" party, it's a match seemingly made in outcast heaven.

Starring:
Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Taika Waititi
Starring Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement
Supporting actors Joel Tobeck, Brian Sergent, Craig Hall, Rachel House, Morag Hills, Bernard Stewart, Taika Waititi, David Fane, Cohen Holloway, Gentiane Lupi, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Adam Gardiner, Jackie van Beek, Miranda Manasiadis, Ban Abdul, Mike King, Madeleine Sami, Anna Horsley
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Lilly (Loren Horsley) works in a fast food restaurant and garners the respect of no one. But she takes it on the chin and remains curiously sweet. She's got a crush on Jarrod, a narcissist geek with a horrible mullet played by Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords fame. Jarrod and Lilly hook up at a party one night. (Do you want to have sex? OK.) Jarrod has a mission-to crush a samoan lad who tortured him in school. He returns home to fight his nemesis. I won't give it away, but the ending to this movie had me laughing hysterically. This is a completely original script absent banal comedy and full of emotional depth. You won't see films like this coming out of Hollywood these days. Thank you Taika and the NZ Film Commission.

Many people have compared Eagle to Napoleon Dynamite, but I find the comparison lacking. Yes, Lily and Jarrod are geeks, but the similarities with Napoleon end there. This isn't a geek revenge movie though the plot may seem like that on the face of it. The movie is titled Eagle vs. Shark but it could be titled man vs. woman. Neither Lily or Jarrod run to each other as solace from the outside world. Lily has a warm home life with her brother and Jarrod is pretty solidly convinced of his stature and his ability with women until the end of the movie. It's interesting to see how Lily turns Jarod around. This film is about the balance of power between Lily and Jarod, not geeks vs the world.

There are a lot of good minor characters in this film including Jarrod's sister and her husband and Lily's brother. Jarrod's daughter is played brilliantly by an eccentric little girl whose name I can't find on the DVD. She's cute to watch. I liked Lorena's performance. She brings strength to her role as Lily but doesn't come off aggressive.
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Being a torturously huge fan of Flight of the Conchords, and Jemaine Clement, I looked forward to this film with a jubilant anticipation I haven't felt since high school. Since my love is full-on, I didn't give much thought to the actual content of Eagle vs. Shark before sitting down to view it. I was deeply surprised at the emotional depth of the story and the pronounced portrayal of the characters. Lily's yearning angst and Jarrod's tenderly obnoxious pain was palatable. I still feel the lump of wax in my chest (perhaps Jarrod, using his noble skills, could create a candle with it!). The hilarity here is fulfilling, as well. Taika Waititi doesn't take you on the predictable path of the lonely losers attempting to find solace in their absurd-yet-natural, brutal world. These twists and unexpected subtleties bring out some eye-bugging, ankle-hugging laughter. This film can hold it's own in any venue, with men and women, chicks and dudes, whether or not you've any knowledge of Clement's other pursuits. If you've ever been wronged, if you've ever felt like an outsider, if you've ever cried out, silently, for attention, you'll be able to identify with this story. If not, and you've lived a glorious life, check it out anyway. You'll love it, if only for the stop-action animation and the be-atching soundtrack. Are you keen, fool?
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Comedy isn't absolute. Not everyone enjoys the same thing. With that said, I enjoyed this movie enough to buy it, watch it, re-watch it, and spread the word to friends. I've been told I have a warped sense of humor, so that may have played a roll in my enjoyment of this film and others' comments about the film.
I had to laugh when I read another reviewer write, "I could have done without the scene where the protagonist beats a wheelchair-bound rival with nunchuk sticks."
It's the type of movie that you have to watch more than once. The first time you watch this movie you'll get caught up in the plot, and the second time you'll catch the subtle humor that you missed the first time.
Everyone seems to compare this film to ND, but, in my opinion, this movie is much better all around. If you like FOTC type humor (deadpan) you will probably like this film. Plus, it has a great soundtrack. Worst case, you can take a break from watching Will Ferrel, Steve Carell, Ben Stiller, and similar comedians for a few hours and try something new. Who knows, you might like it!
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This has become one of my favorite movies! Several reviewers have compared it to Napoleon Dynamite, and while there is a similar style of humor, this film stands on its own. The situations are at times exaggerated, but are very honest and true to life.
Lily, a mousy fast food worker, doesn't get any respect from her coworkers and tries way too hard to get Jared's attention when he comes in. Jared is overcompensating for his need for dad's approval by turning the machismo on blast.
The story takes us back to Jared's hometown, where he and Lily (the best female Fight Man player he's ever met) are driven by her brother (a remarkable celebrity impressionist- NOT) and dropped off so Jared can get revenge on the Samoan who made his life hell. We meet Jared's pal (the best computer hacker he's ever met! On a dial-up 1980's apple!), and his family who don't think highly of him. The early banter between Jared and his sister is classic! Details unfold shedding light on Jared's family background, and as Lily builds a bond with them it drives Jared to try harder to impress them and further from Lily. Things build as Jared invites his rival to attend a fight, and after being verbally berated and annoyed, the Samoan accepts. Life lessons are learned, bonds restored, etc., I won't give away the plotlines or ending! It was very funny and enjoyable through and through! I've seen Jermaine Clement in a couple of films now, and he's always hilarious. This has to be my favorite, mainly because it's just a slight exaggeration of real people and real life. The truth is always funny!
Blu-ray has great picture and sound, there are some decent indie songs on the soundtrack as well (the best one from Zane's band- but the dance moves really make it cool!). It costs quite a bit more, but it's region free and can be played in the States.
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