Rated NR 88 minutes 2010

Despite the talents of Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement, Eagle vs. Shark wasn’t that good. That film’s writer and director, Taika Waititi, returns with the more-assured but still off-kilter Boy. We hearken back to 1982, when a young New Zealander (James Rolleston) idolizes Michael Jackson and his father, who in his daydreams is some kind of action hero. But that’s why it’s a daydream: In reality, the guy’s a deadbeat. When his dad (Waititi) finally shows up in the boy’s life, he’s only searching for a bag of money he buried long ago. There is something about this film and Eagle vs. Shark—as well as American movies like Napoleon Dynamite—that are searching for some post-ironic irony. It can hit, or it can miss. Boy nearly finds the right notes, but a better option is the English flick Son of Rambow.

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Director: Taika Waititi

Producer: Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis and Emanuel Michael

Cast: James Rolleston, Te Aho Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore, Cherilee Martin, RickyLee Waipuka-Russell, Haze Reweti, Maakariini Butler, Rajvinder Eria and Manihera Rangiuaia

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