Eagle vs Shark

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Eagle vs Shark
A misfit spin on the rom-com, Eagle vs Shark profiles two varieties of loser: Lily (Horsley), the enduringly optimistic oddball, and Jarrod (Clement), the overcompensating self-loather. While Jarrod pursues a misguided high-school-bully revenge mission, Lily pursues Jarrod. As a lighthearted portrait of outcasts living under the radar in New Zealand, Taika Waititi’s feature debut has been dubbed the Kiwi Napoleon Dynamite, a comparison both flattering and damning. Although Lily and Jarrod are outrageous, the actors’ subtle, deadpan performances keep pure caricature at bay—and also produce as much excruciating discomfort as laughter.

By: Jane Borden


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Director: Taika Waititi
Screenwriter: Taika Waititi
Cast: Brian Sergent
Joel Tobeck
Cohen Holloway
Loren Horsley
Rachel House
Craig Hall
Morag Hills
Jemaine Clement