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Eagle vs Shark

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New Zealand · 2007
Rated R · 1h 27m
Director Taika Waititi
Starring Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, Joel Tobeck, Rachel House
Genre Comedy, Romance

Love blossoms for Lily over double Meaty Boy burgers at mid-day when uber-computer nerd Jarrod comes in and leaves with free extra-large fries. After gatecrashing Jarrod’s party and proving her skills on the game console, Lily goes down to Jarrod’s hometown with him so he can settle an old score with a past school bully.

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Village Voice by

You can't see the forest for the twee in writer-director Taika Waititi's thicket of cutesy conceits, from the stunted supporting characters to the precious animated interludes.


Los Angeles Times by Carina Chocano

As it turns out, spending a couple of hours with emotionally arrested, socially moronic characters is not a whole lot more fun than spending a couple of hours with actual emotionally arrested, socially moronic people.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

There are occasional nice moments scattered throughout, but this is mostly a big, uncomfortable cartoon focused on the twisted attraction between two caricatures.


Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

What rescues Eagle vs. Shark is its focus on Lily. Although Horsley overdoes the winsomeness, she is genuinely appealing. Love erases Lily's geekiness and in its place stands an attractive young woman.

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