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Review: Eagle vs. Shark (2007)

Eagle vs. Shark will obviously be compared to/pared with the the work of Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre, Gentlemen Broncos) due to it’s cast of socially awkward misfits, dry humor, and relatively minor plot. But, after seeing this awkward-off, I’ve noticed one thing that sets Eagle vs. Shark from the rest of the group.
Lily (Loren Horsley) is awkward. She works at a fast-food place in the mall. She likes sharks. Jarrod (Jemaine Clement) is awkward. He works at a game store in the mall. He likes Eagles. They meet at a party where you dress up as your favorite animal. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how the title came to be. However, after this point, we get a surprising amount of heart and sincerity in the film. We glimpse, through Lily, into the life of Jarrod and his family, as he tries to exact revenge on his high school bully.

The underlying theme of Eagle vs. Shark is that of acceptance. Everyone desires to be accepted; to have someone to love. Through Jarrod relationship with his father, and also Lily, we just catch a exaggerated look at ourselves. Now, don’t go into this movie expecting some deep “meaning of life” discussion. You can expect: a killer indie soundtrack, some belly laughs, and a whole lot of awkwardness.

My Rating: B-


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