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'Eagle vs. Shark'

Jemaine Clement (left) and Loren Horsley meet geeky in Eagle vs. Shark. Matt Grace/Miramax Films hide caption

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Jemaine Clement (left) and Loren Horsley meet geeky in Eagle vs. Shark.

Matt Grace/Miramax Films
  • Director: Taika Cohen
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

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Lily is painfully shy, and Jarrod is painfully obtuse, which makes them painfully funny soul mates in this dweebs-in-love comedy from New Zealand. Jemaine Clement's mulletted Jarrod plots revenge on a high-school bully who's long since forgotten him; Loren Hornsby's sweet affectless Lily supports her dippy boyfriend from the sidelines. And the story romps through everything from a come-as-your-favorite-animal party (he's the eagle, she's the shark), to a nerd-vs.-nemesis climax that's as hilarious as it is peculiar. Comparisons to Napoleon Dynamite are all but unavoidable, though romance is as central here as it is fated. I mean, how could these two kids not end up together? They have matching moles, for heaven's sake.