EAGLE VS SHARK

Stand by Your Man

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Release Date: June 15, 2007

Starring: Loren Horsley, Jemaine
Clement, Craig Hall, Rachel
House, Brian Sergent, and Joel
Tobeck

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 88 minutes

Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista
Distribution Company/The Walt
Disney Company

Director: Taika Waititi

Executive Producer: Emanuel Michael

Producer: Ainsley Gardiner and Cliff
Curtis

Writer: Taika Waititi

Address Comments To:

Daniel Battsek, President
Miramax Films
(A Division of Buena Vista Distribution Company/The Walt Disney Company)
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (323) 822-4100 and (917) 606-5500
Fax: (323) 822-4216
Website: www.miramax.com

Content:

(PaPa, B, C, LLL, V, S, N, A, M) Strong pagan worldview with a premise dealing with unconditional love and slight redemptive qualities; about 39 obscenities (including many "f" words) and one strong profanity; light comic violence includes animated violence and fighting; implied fornication after unmarried man and woman get into bed together and unmarried man has a young daughter who lives back in his hometown; upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking; and, woman pursues conceited man even though he dumped her after they have a fling and father disapproves of his nerdy, angry, conceited son but idolizes his other dead son.

Summary:

EAGLE VS SHARK is a quirky romantic comedy from New Zealand about a lonely, shy young woman and fast-food clerk who sticks by her conceited nerdy boyfriend when his plans for revenge on his high school nemesis comically blow up in his face. EAGLE VS SHARK is funny and winsome, but its significant spurts of strong foul language and brief sexual content are not appealing.

Review:

EAGLE VS SHARK is a quirky romantic comedy from New Zealand.

Video game clerk Jarrod is a man on a mission. He has spent the last 10 years since high school plotting revenge on a bully from his high school past. Jarrod plans to challenge the bully to a fight and beat him up.

Into Jarrod's nerdy world steps Lily, a lonely oddball and fast-food waitress who has a big crush on Jarrod. Lily crashes Jarrod's costume party where she's dressed as a shark, her favorite animal, and he's dressed as an eagle, his favorite animal (other than a cobra).

Jarrod and Lily fall in lust, and Jarrod takes her to the seashore visit his father, sister and sister's family. There, Lily learns Jarrod has a daughter from another relationship.

Soon, Jarrod dumps Lily because he's too busy "training" for his all-important fight with the bully. Lily at first plans to return back home, but, when Jarrod's payback mission comically blows up in his face, Lily decides she's not going to let Jarrod get away.

EAGLE VS SHARK is funny and winsome in a quirky way, but its spurts of strong foul language are not appealing. Also, there are no moral elements in this comedy except perhaps for Lily's unconditional love for Jarrod, which eventually seems to bring Jarrod back from his self-destructive hatred of his high school nemesis and his own self-loathing. Finally, the movie shows, in a mostly implied way, that Lily and Jarrod begin a sexual relationship.

For a flavor of the quirky, sometimes ironic humor in the script, Jarrod one time tells Lily, unconvincingly, "I used to be sort of a nerd." Another time, he curses himself and says to her, "I'm too complex!"

In Brief:

EAGLE VS SHARK is a quirky romantic comedy from New Zealand. Video game clerk Jarrod is a man on a mission. He plots to beat up the high school bully who humiliated him. Into Jarrod's nerdy world steps Lily, a lonely fast-food waitress who has a big crush on Jarrod. Lily crashes Jarrod's costume party where she's dressed as a shark, her favorite animal, and he's dressed as an eagle, his favorite animal (other than a cobra). Jarrod and Lily fall in lust, and Jarrod takes her to the seashore see his father, sister and sister's family. When Jarrod dumps her, Lily plans to return home, but, when Jarrod's payback mission comically blows up in his face, Lily decides she's not going to let him get away.

EAGLE VS SHARK is funny and winsome in a quirky way, but its significant spurts of strong foul language and brief sexual content are not appealing. Also, there are no moral elements in this comedy except perhaps for Lily's unconditional love for Jarrod, which eventually seems to bring Jarrod back from his self-destructive hatred of his high school nemesis and his own self-loathing.