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Eagle vs. Shark

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Geek-love romcom from New Zealand has bite.

Movie R 2007 88 minutes
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Overall the film is pretty funny and Loren Horsley imbues her character with both pathos and grace. But Clement comes across as so despicable that some viewers may find him too pathetic to love. The fun he pokes at geek- and jerk-dom is almost too pointed -- which makes it a challenge to buy Lily's utter devotion. Though awkward, she's dignified, big-hearted, and generous in spirit.

Writer-director Taika Waititi's deserves applause for his zeal, which results in a fairly successful and mostly hilarious -- though not always palatable -- film. The movie, after all, is about there being someone for everyone, even bona fide losers -- and Jarrod's a complete dud. Hollywood has told this story before, but the "losers" are never total washouts: They're more like ugly ducklings who only need a makeover to come out a swan. It would take major plastic surgery and a personality transplant to make Jarrod a swan.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 15, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: May 31, 2022
  • Cast: Loren Horsley , Rachel House , Jemaine Clement
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous directors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander directors, Female actors, Indigenous actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, some sexuality, and brief animated violence.
  • Last updated: June 7, 2022

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