''Eagle Vs. Shark'' is a 2007 dramatic-romantic-comedy starring [[Music/FlightOfTheConchords Jemaine Clement]] and Loren Horsley. It is the first feature-length film directed by Creator/TaikaWaititi, and received accolades at the Sundance Film Festival.

Lily (Horsley) is a painfully awkward young woman working in a fast-food restaurant with a crush on a regular customer, Jarrod.

Jarrod (Clement) is an equally awkward, videogame-obsessed nerd with [[{{Jerkass}} virtually no redeeming qualities]].

Things heat up when Lily shows up uninvited to a "dress as your favorite animal" party hosted by Jarrod and wows him with her savant-like videogame skills. Later, Jarrod confesses that he has to return to his hometown in order to get revenge on his high school nemesis, Eric Elisi ([[RunningGag who is Samoan]]). Lily, smitten, tags along and meets Jarrod's dysfunctional extended family and other assorted inhabitants of the town. Everything falls apart from there.

* ArtShift: The claymation sequences with the apples.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Jarrod and Lily respectively.
** Though a lot of Jarrod's "brooding" can be seen as a misguided attempt to appear interesting/cool.
* BurgerFool: Lily's employment at "Meaty Boy", of the more-depressing, non-teenager variety.
* CreatorCameo: Director Taika Waititi as Gordon.
* CrypticallyUnhelpfulAnswer:
--> It's revealed that [[spoiler: Eric Elisi is now paralyzed]]
-->'''Jarrod''': Why didn't you tell me?\\
'''Mason:''' I did kind of.\\
'''Jarrod:''' No, you didn't!\\
'''Mason:''' On the phone before I came here you said, "When I'm finished with him he won't be able to walk.", and then I laughed.\\
'''Jarrod:''' Is that what you meant?\\
'''Mason:''' Yeah.
* DoYouWantToCopulate: Rare human example of this trope, owing to Jarrod's complete [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]].
* DysfunctionJunction: Jarrod's entire family.
* FictionalCounterpart: "Fight Man" to ''MortalKombat''.
* GRatedSex: There's one sex scene in this (R-rated) movie, and it's not explicit at all.
* HappierHomeMovie: Of Gordon winning a race.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Mason's computer has a [[TheInternetIsForPorn porn "virus"]].
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Jarrod.
* [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies It's Not You, It's My Enemy]]: Jarrod gives this reason for breaking up with Lily [[spoiler: they get back together eventually]].
* NoSocialSkills: Jarrod.
* ParentalFavoritism: Jarrod's father towards Gordon [[spoiler: who has been dead for an unspecified amount of time]].
* RevengeBeforeReason: The reason (or rather lack thereof) for Jarrod's "mission". So much so that [[spoiler: He still fights the wheelchair-bound Eric Elisi. And ''loses'']].
* SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp: Of the apologetic variety.
* ShrinkingViolet: Lily.
* SoundtrackDissonance: The big fight scene is scored by a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMHaj4Ir0EA light ukulele tune]].
* VersusTitle: Refers to the two main characters' favorite animals.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Jarrod ''really'' wants his dad's respect, while his dad seems to be exasperated by the fact that Jarrod even exists.
* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing: Jarrod's training/fight technique.