Eagle vs. Shark
(2007, Taika Cohen)
Or, Napoleon Dynamite, 10 Years Later.
Intentionally silly love story about two lonely, ubergeek New Zealanders, complete with animal costumes. If you can make it through the first 30 minutes – at times funny, painful and eyeroll-inducing – it actually gets a bit sweet toward the end. In the meantime, though, it’ll thoroughly ensconce viewers in capital Q-quirk as only a Sundance feature can.
Sigh, this is why Todd Solondz is needed: to skewer these type of sappy nerd-love stories right through their quirky hearts.
Note: Features Jemaine Clement, one-half of the Flight of the Conchords. I’ve yet to see the show, but I believe this was a good introduction into his sense of humor.