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Seattle International Film Festival:
Lily (Loren Horsley), a fast-food worker and champion video-game player, sums up her visit with her boyfriendâ€™s family by saying, â€œItâ€™s been pretty weird.â€ Her statement comes as no surprise, since director Taika Waititiâ€™s debut feature is a romantic comedy involving people who are weird.
Jarrod (Jemaine Clement), a video-game clerk, is too self-centered to be liked, but to Lily, heâ€™s one hot, mullet-wearing catch. At his worst, Jarrod ignores his only child when they visit her while on his â€œrevenge mission.â€ He leaves adorable 9-year-old Vinny (Morag Hills) to be raised by his dysfunctional family, a collection of oddballs headed by his grief-struck father Jonah (Brian Sergent). Lily sees this normally deal-breaking character flaw and spends time with Vinny herself. Eventually, she grows to like both her and Jarrodâ€™s entire family.
Waititiâ€™s script is funny because the humor is not mean-spirited. Lilyâ€™s shy and quirky attempts to show her love are charming in contrast to Jarrodâ€™s obnoxious indifference. The strange animations throughout the film are out of place and are much better suited in an abstract art movie. â€”James Tabafunda