Eagle vs Shark (15)

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The whimsy of this New Zealand comedy about losers and loners is unrelenting, and unfortunately suggests that writer-director Taika Waititi is trying too hard. Jemaine Clement plays video-game champion Jarrod, an obsessive man-child who can't communicate with his family and wants revenge on the guy who used to bully him at school. Loren Horsley plays Lily, the sweet, self-effacing waitress who unhappily falls for him. With quavery indie-pop on the soundtrack and "claymation" inserts, the film wants to be your cuddly, quirky friend, and makes you feel bad for not returning the affection.

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