EAGLE VS SHARK
Stand by Your Man
Starring: Loren Horsley, Jemaine
Clement, Craig Hall, Rachel
House, Brian Sergent, and Joel
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: Miramax Films/Buena Vista
Distribution Company/The Walt
Director: Taika Waititi
Executive Producer: Emanuel Michael
Producer: Ainsley Gardiner and Cliff
Writer: Taika Waititi
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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!"
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.