Matt Grace
Owen Gleiberman
June 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Eagle vs Shark

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
88 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/15/07
performer
Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley
director
Taika Cohen
distributor
Miramax
author
Taika Cohen
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

Or, Napoleon Not-So-Dynamite. Made in New Zealand, which ups the whimsical-yuk factor because of those funny accents, Eagle vs Shark is the coy and coyer comedy of a cartoon-passive geek (Loren Horsley) who falls for a cartoon-angry dork with Mick Jagger’s lips. He’s played by Jemaine Clement (of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords), who has genuine presence but, in this film, only one note to play. Before Clement gives in to romance, he must take revenge on the bully who once beat him up. It’s a tale that reduces angst, not to mention love, to a generational tic. C-

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