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Shelf Life (2005)

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In this dark comedy of petty office politics in a library, it's the head librarian versus the fresh-out-of-rehab book shelver in an all-out, deadly war of the wills.



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Credited cast:
Nikki Reynolds
Elisa Bocanegra ...
Betty Bonhauser
Joe Smith ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Ankrom ...
Ray the Mumbler
Robert Beckwith ...
Inspirational Tape Voice (voice)
Teneale Bender ...
Susan the Receptionist
Dickson the Computer Guy
Amanda the Reporter
Nikki's Mom
Jordan Halpern Schwartz ...
Library Punk #1 (as Jordan Halpern)
Uncle Tommy
Charlie the Photographer
Bonnie J. Kirk ...
Sergeant Knofelmacher
Michael McTaggert ...
Library Punk #2
Carbon Merrill


In this dark comedy of petty office politics in a library, it's the head librarian versus the fresh-out-of-rehab book shelver in an all-out, deadly war of the wills.

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Nikki begins work at a branch library, where she clashes with Betty, the fascist head librarian.
10 November 2009 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Shelf Life seemed like the kind of movie I love to find on Netflix's Instant Watch. Lil' hidden treasures. Well, I suppose I am glad I watched it, but mostly because I enjoyed Betsy Brandt and now have another reason to check out Breaking Bad.

The actor portraying Jared made some really strange choices, and gave off a really "gay" vibe, so much so that when it turned out that he was actually romantically interested in Nikki, my girlfriend and I were in disbelief.

After spending the whole movie outright hating Betty, we never really see her get her what she deserves. She realizes the error of her ways, but in a completely and unconvincing manner. If she really cared for her library, would she really let her dislike for Nikki put her library in danger? Couldn't she see that the electrics were wonky herself? Anyway, this all led to an end that was unexpected, unsatisfying, and not entirely unwelcome.

Anyways, this "dark" comedy is enjoyable at moments, especially those involving the main character, Nikki, who Betsy Brandt portrays charmingly, and fairly convincingly, but there are so many moments, mostly involving the Betty the Librarian, that will cause one to wince and contemplate turning the film off.

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