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EAGLE VS. SHARK (2007) ***

Lily, a mousy New Zealand girl (Loren Horsley) loses her job at a fast food joint, which gives her more time to ogle Jarrod (Jemaine Clement), a nerdy guy who works in a video store.  At a party where everyone dresses up like their favorite animal (Lily’s a shark, Jarrod’s an Eagle), Lilly impresses him with her video game playing ability so he makes love to her.  They become boyfriend-girlfriend and Jarrod asks her to come to his hometown with him so he can beat up his former high school bully.  During her stay, Lily warms up to Jarrod’s family, gets dumped, sleeps in a tent, gets drunk and eventually gets back together with him. 


This offbeat and frequently funny comedy plays like Kiwi version of Napoleon Dynamite.  While it’s not quite in the same league as that film, it’s still pretty entertaining, thanks largely to some great performances.  Horsley (who also co-wrote the script) is excellent as the shy Lily, but it’s Clement who steals the movie.  If you’ve ever seen him on Flight of the Conchords, you know he can be pretty freaking hilarious and his eccentric performance is easily the best thing about the film.  Naturally, he gets all the best lines of the movie; my favorite being:  “You’re a bitch and you will die of diabetes!”   


Director/co-writer Taika Waititi also turns up in a small role.   

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