Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  30 August 2007 (New Zealand)
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Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily (as Loren Horsley)
Brian Sergent ...
Rachel House ...
Morag Hills ...
Bernard Stewart ...
David Fane ...
Eric Elisi
Gentiane Lupi ...
Jackie van Beek ...
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In Wellington, Lily is a wallflower, inexplicably attracted to Jerrod, a loser. He's nursing a decade-long grudge against someone who teased him in high school; she's just out of a job. She goes home with him to a seacoast town where he intends to have it out with his nemesis; she meets his father, his daughter from a one-night stand, and other family members - and there's the memory of his talented (and dead) brother. Jerrod treats Lily badly, invents a relationship with a women he had a crush on years before, and gears up for his fight. Will she finally have enough and go home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Luckily, love is blind. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality, and brief animated violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 August 2007 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Eagle vs. Shark  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$20,361 (USA) (15 June 2007)


£47,845 (UK) (17 August 2007)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jarrod originally had a son but 'Taika Waititi' was so impressed by Morag Hills that he changed the character to a girl so she could play the role. See more »


Approximately 45 minutes into the film as Jarrod asks Lily, Mason, and his daughter, "What's good to buy for girls?" you can see the reflection of film crew in his glasses. See more »


[as Lily enters the room, her face caked in makeup]
Doug Davis: Woah!
Nancy: Wow!
Doug Davis: Stop the press! We've got a fashion model in the house! Is that the makeup you got from us?
Lily: Yep.
Doug Davis: And your skin's all right?
Lily: Yep. Why?
Nancy: Oh, we were just wondering.
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13 July 2007 | by (Columbus, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Eagle vs. Shark is not another "inspired-by" high school athletic epic but rather a romantic comedy as strange as you will find this year. Actually I had to go back to 1971 with John Cassavetes' Minnie and Moskowitz and Hal Ashby's Harold and Maude to find equivalently eccentric couples meeting the challenges of decidedly unromantic love. Lily (Loren Horsley) is the naïve victim of society's meanness (she loses a job at Meaty Burger, where most of us wouldn't even eat, much less work; Jerrod (Jemaine Clement) is a slacker clerk out of Napoleon Dynamite's class.

This New-Zealand funky romance is partly funded by a fellowship from Sundance, not a guarantee of quality but a sign there might be something more that the initial impression that director Taika Waititi is being condescending to these less than brilliant lovers. After a while, I lost my own condescension and warmed to the simplicity of Lily's love for the obtuse and dorky Jerrod, as well as Jerrod's struggle with his feelings for this lovable flake. I also found comfort as I placed the protagonists in the same lineup with eccentric characters out of the imaginations of Bill Forsythe and David Lynch.

For example, the socially-clumsy Jarrod asks the introverted Lily if she'd like to have sex; she immediately replies, "Yep." The fleeting act, in which it takes longer to affix the condom than to perform, is charmingly innocent and inept.

Most of the family members are either socially unprepared or physically handicapped, a metaphor for the difficulties of social integration for unsophisticated but good-hearted underachievers. The oddball spirit of the film is embodied in the animal-costume party, for which Jarrod hosts as an eagle and Lily arrives as a shark. Thus the title, the endearing characters, and the difficulty deciding if this is an understated farce about the fringes of society or an exaltation of diversity and simplicity. You decide.

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