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Eagle vs. Shark | 2007 | R | - 6.5.6

Lonely Lily (Loren Horsley) has few social skills and no friends at her job in a Meaty Boy restaurant in New Zealand. But she has a devoted cartoonist brother (Joel Tobeck), and she's infatuated with another lonely soul, who is impressed with her video-game fighting skills. Also with Craig Hall, Jackie van Beek, Jermaine Clement, and Rachel House. Directed by Taika Waititi Cohen. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young man and a young woman (both are clothed) sit on a bed and kiss, then lie back and kiss, and he asks if she wants to have sex; she agrees, they get under the covers with their clothes on, the man rolls on top of the woman, the camera pans away and it is implied that they have sex -- the camera pans back to the couple, the man rolls over, lies beside the woman, she smiles and the scene ends.
 On a computer screen we see the bare buttocks of someone thrusting toward a another person lying below them, and we see several images of topless adult women and "XXX" (these images are not very clear).
 We see a full screen shot of a young man and a young woman kissing passionately under the words "Meaty Boy" on a poster in the window of a Meaty Boy restaurant.
 Several times we see a man and a woman lying in bed side-by-side, fully clothed and under the covers and once with the woman in a tank top showing bare arms and shoulders. A young man sleeps in a sleeping bag with his head lying on a young woman's legs inside her own sleeping bag (she is clothed and wearing a knit cap); he is holding her hand, he wakes up, stands up quickly and we see part of his bare thigh very briefly as he walks off screen and the scene ends. A young woman wearing a tank top (revealing arms and shoulders), and a young man sit close together on the back of a bus, and he has his arm around her. A young woman stops playing a video game to look up at a young man, and she stares longingly at him with a half-smile.
 There is an extended close-up of a young man's full lips from a young woman's point of view, as she fantasizes about him being her boyfriend. A fully clothed man and woman lie in bed side-by-side in a tent discussing how many relationships they have had and he tells her that they can hold hands. A husband places his hand on his wife's knee -- both are fully clothed in warm-up suits.
 A young woman dances at a party, runs out the door and across a grassy area while removing her blouse and bra, and then throws them away (we see only her bare back and arms from a medium and a long distance). A young man wearing only a pair of flowered Speedo-type swimming briefs practices martial arts moves in a body of water (we see his bare chest, back, and thighs). We see a drawing of a nude man from the waist up on an invitation (his bare chest is drawn). Twice we see a man wearing short nylon running shorts that reveal his legs and thighs. A cartoon picture of two men nude from the waist up is shown for several seconds. We see a large banner that shows a cartoon of a shirtless man.
 A young man tells a young woman, "That was some pretty good sex last night" and she agrees. A young man asks a young woman out on a date.
 Several young men do hand claps and make remarks about the fact that one young man had sex with a young woman the night before. A young man and a young woman argue and he accuses her of having sex with other people. A young woman looks at herself in a mirror and practices both sides of a romantic conversation: "Will you be my girlfriend?" "Yup" "I love you" "I love you too." A young man says to his sister, "Have a shaggadelic day, Baby" (it is more about an imitation of the Austin Powers character and seems devoid of a sexual implication).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A young man hits a wheelchair-bound man in the calf with nunchucks, studies him for a few seconds, then savagely runs toward the man, beats him numerous times, and pulls him roughly from the wheelchair and onto the ground; spectators yell to stop, many frown and a few cry, wrestling ensues between the two men, one is held in a choke hold twice and punched in the head, and one leaves.
 A young woman pushes an older man in a wheelchair toward a mountain, he becomes angry, gets up, slams his wheelchair around the other direction and wheels himself away (we learn later that the older man's son died by committing suicide in a jump off that mountain).
 A young man practices martial arts kicks and hand strikes against a wooden kicking dummy. A young man punches a cardboard poster of the nude torso of a man several times and practices with martial arts weapons.
 A young man makes a threatening telephone call to the bully who beat him in school and says, "We're going to have a fight. I'm going to beat you up"; an argument ensues and he closes with, "Justice is waiting for you." A young man talks about a plan to kill a rival from high school who bullied him and others. A young man stands up at his family dinner and announces a showdown fight between himself and the bully from his old high school.
 A young man lies in a street, and places his bicycle on top of him in an attempt to pretend injury and impress a young woman.
 A young woman sits on the rocks of a shoreline, looks at a heart-shaped rock in her hand, becomes angry, throws it, and it hits a gull in the air, which drops to the rocks below and does not recover; the woman gasps and cries.
 An animated martial arts video game is played at a party and we see competitors making contact punches, kicks, and ripping of flesh that shows blood and organs; some characters fight with weapons, making contact with a spear and a 6-foot long-staff, one competitor lands in fire and is consumed by it, we hear a sinister voice from the game saying, "Destroy him (her)!" at the end of each match and the last match features a male ripping the head and spine out of a female contender and celebrating this action with jumping up and down and with fists raised while laughing.
 A young man sits on a couch, and strikes the back of it hard with his elbow near where a woman is sitting. A young man pounds his hand a coffee table and a pastry box that holds a cake. A young man is angry and violently hammers a tent stake, finishes and throws the hammer behind him.
 A young man accepts an apple from another character, finds it is rotten when he bites into it and throws it angrily out the car window, snarling, "Thanks very much for trying to kill me." A young man relates that guys used to gang up on him in school and beat him because he was a geek. A young man tells a young woman, "My brother's dead. He died saving three kids from a fire"; the woman tells him, "My parents died of heart attacks," and he replies, "My mom died, she got hit by a cow." A young man and a young woman have an argument and he says he was worried that she got killed at a party. A man tells a woman, "Don't get too close to my family. They'll turn on you." Coworkers give a young woman dirty looks and a few make disapproving sounds at her. There is a family argument among adults with name-calling.
 People throw shoes and boots at a man who's wearing a protective helmet and cowering in a corner. A man lights a Molotov cocktail explosive, throws it at a wooden martial arts training dummy, and it explodes and burns.
 A young man breaks up with a young woman. A young man and a young woman duel in a martial arts video game. A young man makes prank phone calls and leaves insulting messages on an answering machine. A young man asks a young woman out on a date, she declines and he leaves embarrassed and yelling and hooting that it was a joke (he sounds like he is laughing and crying at once and the scene ends).
 Twice, a full screen shot of a shark is shown on a TV show, open mouthed, with very large teeth, diving under the water. A large animated sea gull captures a large ant, tosses it into the air, catches it in its beak and swallows it. An animated apple grows legs and is furiously attacked by large ants, but escapes by sailing away to the sea on a flip-flop.
 In a bedroom, we see martial arts weapons (nunchucks, throwing stars, and a curved sword in a black case) hung on one wall with a portrait of a snarling cougar that shows bared fangs. A movie theater entrance is designed to replicate a T-Rex head with large teeth through which patrons must walk; one patron trips and falls, but gets up and continues inside. At a costume party, there are cartoonish costumes of predatory creatures that include a tarantula, a shark, a large eagle, a bear, and a poisonous snake.


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LANGUAGE 6 - 12 F-words, 1 scatological term, 5 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (be-yotch, sucker, idiot, loser, cripple), 1 sarcastic remark about a lesbian, 1 about a Samoan, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Many bottles of open beer and wine are shown on a table at a party, several people dance with alcoholic beverages in their hands and a few drink from their containers as they dance or talk, one woman drinks quite a bit directly from a large wine bottle, staggers and runs outside.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Social skills, self-discovery, dreams, loneliness, respect, fighting, bullies, violence against those who are different, crippling conditions, relationships, jealousy, disappointment, grudges, family, friendship, death of parents and siblings, faith, self-worth.

MESSAGE - There's someone out there for everyone, but you must find yourself first in order to find him or her.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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