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Eagle vs Shark (2007)

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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.

Director:

Taika Waititi

Writers:

Loren Taylor (story) (as Loren Horsley), Taika Waititi (story) | 1 more credit »
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loren Taylor ... Lily (as Loren Horsley)
Jemaine Clement ... Jarrod
Joel Tobeck ... Damon
Brian Sergent ... Jonah
Craig Hall ... Doug
Rachel House ... Nancy
Morag Hills Morag Hills ... Vinny
Bernard Stewart Bernard Stewart ... Zane
Taika Waititi ... Gordon
David Fane ... Eric Elisi
Cohen Holloway ... Mason
Gentiane Lupi Gentiane Lupi ... Tracy
Chelsie Preston Crayford ... Jenny
Adam Gardiner ... Tony
Jackie van Beek ... Burger Staff
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Storyline

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 his deceased brother's fiancée, and gears up for his fight. Will she finally have enough and go home? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

There's someone for everyone... apparently. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2007 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle vs. Shark See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,361, 17 June 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,846, 5 August 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of Jarrod's friends at the Fightman Competition with the Pig Mask, challenges Lily but loses, he bursts out the word 'F***!', though it is not him that actually says it but Taika Waititi. See more »

Goofs

Devendra Banhart's name is spelled Devendra Bernhardt in the closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Man on phone: D'you want to leave a message?
Jarrod: Tell him that justice is waiting for him.
Man on phone: OK Justin. Thank you. Bye bye.
[hangs up]
Jarrod: No, justice. Justice.
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Connections

References Quake 4 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Lily's Theme (Apples & Tangerines)
Written by Samuel Flynn Scott
Performed by The Phoenix Foundation
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User Reviews

 
Great offbeat film
9 July 2007 | by PrivateIronSee all my reviews

Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize nominated film Eagle Vs Shark is a romantic comedy with a twist from New Zealand director Taika Cohen. The film tells the story of two socially awkward misfits; Jarrod(Jemaine Clement), a depressed video game store clerk and Lily(Loren Horsley), a quiet fast food waitress as they fall in love and go to Jarrod's home town where he is planning to get revenge on a high school bully. It is hard not to compare Eagle Vs Shark to US indie hit Napoleon Dynamite as both films' main characters have some similar mannerisms and much of the humour is created from that, however this film has a lot more going for it than the indie success story from Idaho. The character of Jarrod is very well acted and generates a lot of big laughs, but it is the excellent performance from Loren Horsley as Lily that truly makes the film. The audience really cares for her and she is what takes a good comedy film and makes it a great film regardless of genre. Eagle Vs Shark is a very funny, well acted and excellently written film and I would urge anybody to see it if they have the chance.


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