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for Immediate Release
December 6, 2004

 

What did the library community have to say about TNT's
"The Librarian?"


(CHICAGO) Last week, the American Library Association (ALA) sought volunteers to watch and share their thoughts on the newest "reel" representation of librarians - TNT's "The Librarian." About 180 librarians and library workers sent responses to a short questionnaire as of the morning of December 6, 2004.

As might be expected, reactions ran the gamut and can be read below. Reponses will be compiled and posted throughout December 8. Thanks to everyone who participated.


Spotlight Reviewers:

Sara Ann Long
Wheeling, IL
Sarah Long, director of the North Suburban Library System in Wheeling,
Illinois has a weekly column in the Daily Herald. A colleague contacted TNT and got a screening copy for Sarah. She watched it, as did a couple 20-something staffers. The link to the column, published this past Sunday follows: http://www.sarahlong.org/article.asp?articleID=182
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Ann Seidl,
Producer/Director "The Hollywood Librarian: a Look at Librarians on Film"
Madison, WI

"Nobody Talks Like That About The Librarian, Not Even The Librarian."

Flynn Carsen is a teacher's pet that even the teacher finds irritating.  He is the übernerd, the geek/smartypants/know-it-all who can't get a high five, can't get a girl, and can't get a life. The only thing he can get is more college degrees.  Noah Wyle stars in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, a film better named The Librarian:  Quest for a Spine because of its lily-livered theft of other, better Hollywood action pictures.  A TNT original, its paper-thin structure is a compilation of uncomfortably recognizable snippets from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Sherlock Holmes, and Romancing the Stone after gender reassignment surgery.  The result is a collection of stone-cold cliches warmed over by the slightly original choice of a librarian for a hero. 

Finally ejected from college, Flynn unwillingly takes up a quest offered by his mother (Olympia Dukakis), who tells him that life cannot be thought deeply, it must be felt deeply.  This insight gets him his first job, at the Metropolitan Public Library. The Librarians (Jane Curtain and Bob Newhart) possess vast power and the secrecy to protect it.  Entering the vault in the bowels of the library, Wyle inquires about the hypersecurity:  "Isn't this what the Army uses to guard nuclear weapons?"  Newhart deadpans, "Where do you think they got the idea?" Wyle must protect humankind's most mythic treasures: the Ark of the Covenant, Pandora's box, King Arthur's Excalibur, even the Golden Goose for heaven's sake.  Then, the eponymous Spear in the collection is promptly stolen by the nefarious Brotherhood of the Serpent and our nerdy hero must effect its return.  The Library thoughtfully provides a bodyguard in the form of Nicole, a gorgeous kick-boxer type. 

The first half of the film is likeable, with Newhart and Curtain good-naturedly overplaying their caricaturish roles together with Wyle.  But as the film continues, self-effacement turns to self-consciousness and one can literally see the actors wondering how to commit plastic surgery on this part of their resumes.  Cheesy CGI effects, shopworn close calls and barely interesting plot points push the film toward the conclusion, when our librarian, having gotten both a job and a girl, is finally able to tell his mother, "Being a librarian is actually a pretty cool job."

Librarians will undoubtedly enjoy that the librarians in this movie possess terrific power and a certain self-confidence.  Although the film has a bad case of Raiders envy, it does have a grudging respect for the library profession.  Only the most erudite (Wyle) is entrusted with the protection of the priceless treasures, and the message is, Don't mess with librarians, they've got the goodies.  Best of all, the blond bodyguard brooks no disrespect for Flynn's exalted title.  When he bemoans his initial failure to discover the Spear, saying that "maybe I'm not as smart as I think I am," she slaps him across the face and says, "Nobody talks like that about The Librarian, not even The Librarian."  We doubtless could use more of that sentiment.

Ann Seidl, a research librarian in Madison, WI, is producing and directing a documentary about librarians entitled The Hollywood Librarian:  A Look at Librarians in Film.  More at www.hollywoodlibrarian.com
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Andrew P. Jackson
(Sekou Molefi Baako)
President, BCALA
Queens, NY

Overall Estimation: 3 Stars

Good action movie. I like the quest concept.
 
Image Makeover:  3 Stars   
I would like for The Librarian to have been a stronger character an not so silly. It is an improvement over the image of years back. However, even though he was portrayed as smart and knowledgeable, he came off as weak at the same time. He did however overcome his fears and perservere throughout.
 
Brief movie review:
Good action movie with some great references to our profession. Just the idea that the quest was performed by a librarian was special and timely.  I really hope they make it a continuing series.
 
Admire most: 
He didn't give up. He was smart and his knowledge gave him power. He gave off a positive image for our profession, libraries and reading for knowledge.  I also like the positive image given to libraries.
 
Real aspect: 
I saw the librarian as the best person to pursue the quest, as we all do each time a customer comes looking for information.  Their reference to hiding secrets in plain view was and is so accurate. I've told students and audiences that for years.
 
What would I love to have seen?  
For interest in the role and  subject, it was great as was. 
 
Future challenges:
A modern day quest in a local city talking a quest in America, possibly one dealing with students.  When can we look for another one?
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Rochelle Hartman
Blogger
LISNews

Stars out of four for overall estimation of The Librarian:
If it was meant to be campy and awful, 3 out of 4
If it was meant to be a real adventure film: 2 out of 4
My gut reaction overall:  1 out of 4

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian:
1 out of 4.  Makeover?

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
My initial reaction to this movie is quite harsh, as I was looking at the portrayal of librarians (and could not help but notice how the movie was pretty awful in general). While it was plagued with bad acting, cheesy special effects and a lame script, it succeeded pretty well as camp, and I suspect it will become a favorite for librarian film festivals along with Desk Set and Party Girl.  Despite its underlying theme of "knowledge is power," it was rife with librarian/smart person stereotypes that do nothing to serve the profession.  Our hero is a socially awkward, but loveable bookworm, who is flanked by updated versions of the cranky female librarian stereotype, a pre-menopausal manager-from-hell and a cold-fish hottie. At least people now know that librarians do get laid.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
The main character, Flynn, had a good sense of humor about himself and his situation.

What was the most real aspect of the film?
That a good librarian is not just a bookworm, but is a problem solver.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
While I am not humorless about librarian stereotypes, what this movie demonstrated is that librarianship is for freakishly smart people. These are words I heard in reference to the main character: freak (2), nerd, geek, and from my 13 y.o. daughter, "The Librarian is a dork."  I would like to have seen a character who was more real and much less of a cardboard cut-out bookworm/nerd.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
No! Please-no sequel!
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Bonnie Kunzel
Past President - YALSA
Trenton, NJ

I loved "The Librarian" and am delighted to have an opportunity to let you know how much fun I thought it was. 

3 Stars  (out of four) for movie

4 Stars (out of four) for librarian makeover.
(Not since Buffy left network TV and we lost Giles have I had so much fun with a librarian on television.)

Brief review:
In a delightfully campy spoof of the Indiana Jones genre, Noah Wylie (a Renaissance Man if ever there was one) wins a job at the Metropolitan Public Library.  Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin are perfect foils for his bumbling bravery and brilliant problem-solving technique.  The female lead (sorry, I can't remember her name) was gorgeous, with a terrific kick-butt attitude and the gymnastic skills to carry it off.  The Spear that drew Christ's blood is the object of the quest, but any excuse would be fine with me.  And I do so hope the problem at the end really does appear in a sequel -- the search for H. G. Well's stolen time machine and a promised battle with time-jumping Ninja assassins.  I can't wait.

What I liked about the lead character.
To begin with I was delighted to see Noah Wylie in the role.  He's suffered more than enough angst for anyone in his years on ER.  It's time to let him kick back and have some fun, which he appeared to be doing throughout the role.  I love the image of "The Librarian" as hero -- standing strong against the forces or evil; using his brains and his knowledge -- of the head and of the heart -- to get them out of one tight squeeze after another.  He's honorable and likeable and knowledgeable and he won't stop until he solves the problem.  I especially loved the fact that he carried a book with him throughout this series of adventures.  True it was written in the language of the birds -- but he broke the code and then was the only one who could interpret the text and use it to guide them to the the other pieces of the spear. 

The most "real" aspect of the film
The awe he experiences when he first enters the library.  His horror when his professor tells him he has to stop hiding behind his student persona.  His indignation at the fact that his professor only gave him an A- in his last course -- obviously the man was a dyed-in-the-wool villain.  His curiosity when surrounded by all the precious artifacts at his new job (and the fact that he couldn't keep his hands off.)  Bringing coffee to Jane Curtin, in spite of the way she treated him.

What I would have loved to have seen shown in the film
More shots of the library and what he actually has to do there -- in addition to going out to save the world.  More of his relationship with his sidekick/romantic interest.  More of his bewildered coming to realize that he has taken on the mantle of a person of consequence -- that being "The Librarian" is a hard act to follow, but that he is capable of doing so.  More of the hints that Bob Newhart gave him -- by appearing on TV or whatever.  In fact, more of a sidekick role for Bob Newhart.  He was terrific in the final battle, knocking out one villain after another. But then as he pointed out, he was a librarian in his own right.  What fun!

What would I like to see him tackle in the future:
First and foremost the Time-Machine theft and the Ninja attack.  Then the sky's the limit.  Any famous artifact anywhere in the world is fair game. Maybe the Quest for the missing Holy Grail? Or an artifact from a mummy's tomb?  Sunken treasure?  He went so many places in the first episode.  But he could always go back to the same places and get help with new quests.  There's so much Reality TV now; this is a welcome and much-needed antidote.  We need lighthearted humor and impossible quests and cartoon-type violence.  (Kelly Hu was terrific as the villainess -- maybe she could make a play for him again in a future episode.)

I haven't enjoyed a first episode of any show as much since Buffy.  I'd love to see this one have the same kind of successful run.

I watched it several times (I love the fact that TNT does back-to-back broadcasts of shows) and enjoyed the repeats as much as the original.
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Reviews from around the country: 

ARIZONIA

Jack M. Guzman
Phoenix, AZ

The Security Guards in the movie should have silencers on the machine guns. After all...it is a Library...we can't be disturbing the patrons.
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ARKANSAS

Bill Parton
Russellville, AR

Stars out of four for overall estimation of The Librarian
2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer) :
Lightweight but entertaining spoof of action film genre. The film relied on a string of action film clichés (as a spoof should) to provide amusement, but it was too formulaic and shallow to warrant any serious analysis.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He had an impressive encyclopedic store of information and occasionally demonstrated Holmesian powers of observation [but (in spite of his stylish appearance) seemed to be a fish-out-of-water socially].

What was the most real aspect of the film?
The willingness of a major metropolitan library to hire a non-librarian with extensive academic credentials and call him a 'librarian'.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
The Librarian putting in some time on the reference desk.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
Karl Rove's evil empire.
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CALIFORNIA

Derek Antler
Del Mar, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
The makers of the The Librarian seem to have had one primary aim, to make the librarian's occupation exciting and hip while keeping it exalted and hallowed. I've always known, as Flynn asserts at the end of the movie, that being a librarian is "actually kind of a cool job," and  I didn't think the career needed such an extreme makeover - despite the fact that I enjoyed watching the hero jump out of an airplane, cross a raging waterfall, avoid speeding arrows, and endure various other adventures. The film's newly initiated librarian, along with several supporting characters, make deprecating comments about the profession, from the villain's exclamation, "You're the best they could come up with?!" to the librarian's humble wish to be "Flynn the not so embarrassing or Flynn the rather pleasant at parties." But ultimately, the librarian shatters all expectations, wins the woman, and earns the title of superhero. So if the filmmakers succeed in merging this fictional librarian's image with the public's real-life perception, they will have achieved a noble goal.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His playfulness, curiosity, courage, ingenuousness - and his reluctant maturation.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The exquisite physical danger with which librarians are daily confronted. But seriously, the story's most "real" aspect had to do with the character Nicole, who remained loyal to Flynn even though he entertained suspicions of being "cahooted." In this time of contorting plot twists in films, it was nice to have a somewhat stable story line without compromising interest.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
More shots of the librarians using computers and books. I would have liked to see more of the Secret Book's content - we only got flashes of it. And the "Surveillance Screen" was the only taste of technology we got to see the librarians use.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Judging from the tail-end of the script, the Time Machine of H. G. Wells is next. This vein could be a rich one. However, I would also like to see Flynn Carson in a period piece set not in the future but in Elizabethan or Victorian England. Perhaps we could then learn more about Nicole's backstory.
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Kay Ikuta
Inglewood, CA

3 out of 4 stars for overall estimation of "The Librarian"

2 out of 4 stars for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"

Movie review:  presents a librarian as action hero & potential savior of the world. Is a cross between Katherine Neville's "The Eight" & the Indiana Jones adventures although not as lengthy  or detailed. Admired the lead character's intelligence & constant thirst for knowledge.  A bit nerdy but attractive & strong-willed.
 
Most "real" aspect of film was mention of both Dewey Decimal System & Library of Congress Classification (certainly not the endless queue of librarian applicants) Would have loved to see shown in the film somewhere a real library with a strong reference collection, computers & the buzz of patrons. The building, which was supposed to be a public library, looked like an empty museum.

In any future sequel "The Librarian" could tackle another theft of one of the other treasures or stop an evil hacker.
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Shannon Sexton
Lancaster, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
I enjoyed The Librarian. It portrayed librarians in a fresh light. Even though he was a "nerd" he showed the ability to overcome with brains and heart.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I liked his desire to learn and the way he was intrigued by the puzzles put before him. Like a librarian he was seeking the answers to questions.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The librarian needed to learn and adapt quickly to the situation around him. He was also underestimated because of his profession.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would liked to have seen the librarian have a degree in Librarianship, I would also liked to see him portray his "day job" as a regular librarian.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
Wow, it could be pretty much anything, perhaps something to do with library history such a as a story about the Alexandria Library.
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Corinda Humphrey
Long Beach, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian."
1.5 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian:
3 Stars - he was a cute guy

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A cliche-filled script and silly CGI effects do not resurrect the image of librarians in the real world. This movie must be aimed at children, but then it was aired too late at night for them to watch it. The lead character was supposed to be very smart and had memorized many facts, but their application to a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" adventure did not do anything for the image of librarians utilizing their problem-solving skills in real life situations. The mean female library recruiter character did not advance librarians' image in any way either.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Nothing

What was the most real aspect of the film?
N/A

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Something relating to actual librarians.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
N/A
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Cherice Hall
Los Angeles, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"       
2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"    
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
"The Librarian" is a predictable collage of several science fantasy movies of the last two decades. I happen to like science fantasy so I found it pleasurable. It had no foul language, graphic sex or violence. How refreshing!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Brilliant but humble is so attractive in a man. Oh, and that boyish face, of course!

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
When the lead character was being interviewed for the position he named setting up RSS as one of his librarian abilities.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere? 
Better female roles-more realistic-better dialogue.  A walk-on role for Harrison Ford.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Current government conspiracy theories, the ramifications of the Patriot Act.
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Nancy Norris, M.L.S.
Los Angeles, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2.5 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2.5 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Geared towards a younger audience, except for rather slow pace. Too much talk and not enough clarity. Nice turn by Bob Newhart as an exMarine/Librarian. Doesn't replace Goldie Hawn's librarian in Foul Play for showing a "librarian."

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Nice comedic turn by Noah Wylie. Nerd-factor nice.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Realism doesn't seem to have been the point.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Something showing how a librarian rather than a "Mr. Know-It-All" might solve a problem. Librarians'  talents are not knowing everything, but knowing how to find the answer to everything. It would be fun (and educational) for the audience to see how that works the way good mysteries work.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
There could be a more fun balance between the "real" vs the "magic real". I'd prefer less mumbo-jumbo, quasi-religiosity.
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Barbara Eales
Oxnard, CA
DMLIS student at University of WA - degree to be awarded at the end of THIS
quarter (woohooo!)
Library Tech at Ventura County Library, Camarillo branch - 3 years

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 1/2 stars overall
 
Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"    
3 1/2 stars for librarian makeover - would have been 4 except all the librarians were men (or was Jane Curtain a librarian? It wasn't mentioned though she had that typical librarian look/behavior).
 
Review: Nice, light adventure romp with good balance of action and humor. Bob Newhart was the key ingredient to making this a sucessful presentation and Jane Curtain sealed it. If the humor hadn't been there.... well, let's not say. Great oneliners at key moments such as, "I believe this belongs to the library." Nice portrayal of the librarian as a somewhat cool nerd.
 
Most real aspect: The invitation to be interviewed. Ahem. Perhaps the speaking of "secrets" only the librarian knows (too bad, because we will share those secrets!) and the really cool - wish I worked there - underground library.
 
Would have loved to have seen that one actually must have a MLIS degree from an ALA accredited university to become a librarian, even if one has 22 other degrees.
 
Would like to see "The Librarian" travel into cyberspace using his knowledge of network connections, database structure, and MARC records to mine accurate retrieval of authoritative, relevant, timely answers amid all the garbage. A sort of TRON-like Incredible Journey ("But wait, is this journal peer-reviewed?")
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Kathy L. Haug
Richmond, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian" 
4 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Flynn, a young man who loves learning (he has 22 college degrees)lacks direction until he is offered a job as "The Librarian."  He goes on a quest to find the missing pieces of "the spear of destiny" before it can be used by evildoers to conquer the world.  Using a book filled with clues he must interpret, he travels the Amazon and the Himalayas with a bodyguard named Nicole.  Together they save the world, and Flynn convinces his mother that being a Librarian is a cool job.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Flynn showed how fun it can be to find answers to questions because they are interesting, not just for school or work purposes. Also the "Indiana Jones" feel of the movie and that Flynn needed a bodyguard who happened to be female.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
For the public -- people not understanding that being a Librarian is a cool job.
For myself -- the joy of finding answers to intriguing questions and using the information "for good" (helping people).

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Children being helped by a Librarian somehow.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Alice in Wonderland, King Arthur, Dracula, or Sherlock Holmes theme.  I hope there are sequels because it could be a boon to our recruitment efforts if people start thinking of librarianship as an exciting and interesting career.
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Brenna and Barbara Ring
San Diego, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 Stars - It was fine if you liked the action genre.

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1 Star

The movie upheld the following myths:

1) Librarians do not need degrees in library science to be librarians (the lead character had 22 or so degrees but none were stated to be in library science).

2) Libraries only have books.  (The emphasis in the movie was on books.  The lead character only made one reference to online searching and resources.  The overwhelming evidence was that librarianship only deals with books).

3) Librarians know everything.  Librarianship deals only with arcane knowledge.  It has nothing to do with searching for information.

4) Librarians have read and love all classics.  They only read the "best literature". (The lead character knew Shakespeare well).

5) Modern librarianship has nothing to do with computers, helping people with their email, teens, kids, current social problems, etc.

6) Libraries look like museums.  The lead character was more of an archivist than a true librarian.

7) Librarians are bunglers and nerds.  To make a librarian into an action hero is a "funny" idea.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
The Librarians" is a light-hearted version of Raiders of the Lost Ark. What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He was likable and he valued knowledge, reading, and books.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The lead character wanted to go to a bookstore. Little in the film was meant to be taken seriously.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Realities of modern librarianship.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The lead character had "22" degrees.  Having multiple degrees (as long as one is in library science) is actually a good basis for being a librarian because it is easier to find information if you have some understanding of the topic.  Someone with that background would be a good reference librarian.  See the comic book series known as "Unshelved" for what a public reference librarian's life is like.
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Ida Z. daRoza
San Francisco, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
An academic with no direction in life is mysteriously invited to interview for a librarian position. He is hired for academic prowess and sent to recover a piece that is stolen from the library the day after he is hired. He has a female bodyguard and there are  some super girl on girl kung fu fights. There are also  great cheesy memorable lines, like ..."wow, don't underestimate the librarian." Should become a librarian cult classic.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Flynn Carsen is a great looking and brilliant guy. He's not really a librarian, but an extreme academic. Many librarians are  this way, academic I mean, not the attractive part. That's what makes it a great fantasy.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Not one thing really, that's why it was fun.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
A library or librarian

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future  sequel?
I'd like to see him doing some public library service, helping patrons with tough questions. Helping the crazy difficult patrons that come into libraries, etc.
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Clare Watsky
MLIS student
San Francisco, CA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2.5 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A fun spoof of Indiana Jones, the title character a geeky perennial student who becomes "the librarian," the curator of a secret collection of treasures in the basement of a city library. The plot has some rather big holes but there's a snappy pace and great bits of dialogue, especially from supporting big names in comedy Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Pretty darn cute for a "geek." He is consistently sincere, humble about
his intellectual gifts, and a lifelong learner.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The part that was true to librarianship was the title character's love of learning. (The negative side of that is the perennial student who is emotionally stunted--a stereotype that I suppose is sometimes associated with librarianship)

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would like the film to have shown how saving all these treasures was improving people's lives. I would like to the librarian to have shown some of the commitment to public service that motivates most people who go into library work--sharing knowledge with the world. The film showed the stereotype of librarians as introverted hoarders--the guy is going to spend his life down in a basement with treasures that no one else can see or touch (with brief forays to save more treasures in order to bring them back to the underground secret library).

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I would like to see the show take on some of the real issues of librarianship--censorship, access to information, etc. In a fun way of course. Maybe the library's funding would be cut and The Librarian could take on City Hall.
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Kerry Spears
SJSU MLIS Student,
San Pedro, CA

Stars (out of four) for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 stars

Stars (out of four) for librarian image makeover of "The Librarian"
4 stars

Brief movie review:
After earning 22 master's degrees, the title character is forced to leave school to join the "real world."  While unpacking his books, he discovers a mysterious invitation to apply for a "prestigious position" at the Metropolitan Library.  Selected for the position of "The Librarian," protector of the cultural treasures from all civilizations, he is off on an exciting adventure in the real world where he earns the respect and love of an amazing woman and, working as a team member, saves the world from evil.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
 -  Use of humor in even tense situations

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
 -  The librarian's answers to questions and problems solved were based on professional knowledge and education and he cited the sources

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
 - I'm glad that computers weren't shown in this one. 

What would you like to see "The Librarian" tackle in any future sequel?
  - Some of the themes that Matthew Battles discussed in his book Libraries: an unquiet history like the building and then destruction of libraries and how book burning has been used throughout history to attempt to rewrite or erase
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Alicia Yao
Sierra Madre, CA

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?

Though he was a good-looking geek, I admired his ability for observation, skill in analysis and his dumb luck or courage to survive the obstacles.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
His mother's relationship seemed the most realistic.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would have liked to see a child's joy of reading anywhere in the film.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
technology

 

FLORIDA

Raechel Gump
Leesburg, FL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
This was a fun filled fantasy. It made me smile and giggle and say "I want to be THAT kind of librarian." Although very unbelievable, this was a very lighthearted film. Not atypical of life in the library and very cheesy, but a good kind of cheesy.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Noah Wyle made the character believable and fun.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The profession student ends up as a librarian.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Something like library work: real research using several sources or cataloging.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
An inventory that goes wrong and he finds things either miscataloged or missing and he has to get a Technical Specialist to help him sort out the problem.
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Alexandra Olson
Miami, FL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 stars out of 4

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 star out of 4

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Its great to see movies out there about our line of work.  Librarianship tends to be very misunderstood.  I think the film takes a whimsical view of our profession and Noah Wiley does a great job, portraying an all-knowing librarian.  Even though the film does go a bit over the top, it's a fun adventure.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Noah Wiley does an excellent job. He is brilliant but has a comical side. 

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The fact that librarians know everything and that we are all part of a secret society.  No, but seriously, the most "real" aspect of the film was the fact that librarians play an important role in our society, they are the keepers of knowledge, the guardians of the written word.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
N/A

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
N/A 
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Jim Teske
Tampa, FL

I watched an hour and gave up, my wife didn't last that long and she is as close as we get to a librarian in this family.

I'd give it, perhaps, two stars--being very kind.

It was kind of a teenaged-juvenile cross between Indiana Jones and The DaVinci Code, but nowhere close to either. 

The lead was good, Jane Curtin was ok, Newhart was Newhart.  The plot cruised between stupid and almost like the entire project was swept up from the cutting room floor and sliced together randomly; at least for the hour plus that I was in attendance.  My wife opined that a rerun of Law and Order, which was pre-empted, would have been preferred.

No sequel is necessary.
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GEORGIA

Cinder Suite
Adairsville,GA

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Portrays the librarian as the keeper of all knowledge and guardian of antiquities. The Librarian is sent on a quest to rescue the pieces of a sword from an evil gang who would use the sword's power to do evil. The triumph of good over evil, with the use of knowledge instead of brute strength is refreshing. I will look forward to any sequels. Good clean-cut family fun!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His ability to come up with the facts he needs to solve the problem at hand. Also his vulnerability and naïveté mixed with the pure wonder and awe with which he appreciates his collection.

Noah Wylie is perfect for the part as he retains that boy-like wonder necessary to the believability of the character.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The fact that a similar collection is probably held somewhere.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
More of the collection.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Search for Atlantis, or an Inca Codex, or the Lost Dutchman Mine
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Tom Budlong
Atlanta, GA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for the librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
"The Librarian" was a fun and clever take on the Indiana Jones concept with a librarian as the smart but bungling hero. There was a lot clever dialog involving "inside" jokes about historical and literary references  such as the Ark of the Covenant, Pandora's Box, and the Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. I'm sure reference librarians everywhere got a kick of guessing them. The action was good and watching The Librarian use his superior knowledge rather than might to outwit the bad guys was fun. Jane Curtain and Bob Newhart provided excellent comic relief and the required quirky romance with the hero ended well for both which pleased his overly protective mother, Olympia Dukakis. It wasn't great but was a pleasant evening's entertainment.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Noah Wylie's character certainly broke the stereotype image for for librarians, being a handsome young male. While still somewhat of a nerd, he proved that "knowledge is power" using his extensive book knowledge to solve problems.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The story was somewhat fantastical, but showing that librarians are really smart and can use their reference skills to solve problems was about as close to reality as it got.

What would you have loved to seen shown in the film somewhere?
There were indications that the lead character had a lot of degrees, but never mentioned that one of them was a library degree! It didn't ring true that a huge line of people would line up to apply for a job as "The" librarian in a huge old public library without having a library degree. The general public would never guess that you needed special skills other than being generally well educated to be a librarian.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I would like to see "The Librarian" tackle a case involving censorship or the suppression of information in some way. The villains could somehow trample on the good peoples' rights a la the USA Patriot Act.
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Nick Fogarty
Canton, GA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):

I had expected not to enjoy the movie, but I did stick with it for the full 2 hours.    I thought the characters were well defined.  Wyle and  Olympia Dukakis were both very good as was the female lead.  The special  effects were great.  The overall image of "Librarian" was not overdone, but was done in a positive fashion (although he just as easily could have been a museum currator).  I had to draw an assumption that one of his many degrees was an MLS, since I never heard that stated.  All of a sudden, he just "became the librarian."

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Although the lead character was referred to as a "geek," he certainly is  not the stereotypical librarian we've seen in the media and on TV commercials.  The viewer had empathy for him.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The interaction between Flynn and his mother

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Tone down the first scene with Jane Curtin.  That character and scene introduces an atmosphere of the library as cold and harsh.  Her character and scenes, though well done, didn't do much to advance the plot or set a positive tone.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Screenwriters did a good job.  Leave it to their imaginations (use, or keep using, librarians as advisors or reviewers).
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Katie Cargle
Roswell, GA

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I thought "The Librarian" was a fun and exciting program.

Noah was a good choice for the "librarian" just handsome and smart enough to be believable. His being unsure of himself but willing to try things was great.

Nothing was particularly "real" but that was a plus to me. I like the unbelievable in this type of story. I guess the jungle scenes looked "real" they looked believable. I liked the way the computer generated stuff was used along with what looked like real scenery.

I would love to see something in or from a big, major library in the USA, the Library of Congress or the library at Harvard or Yale. I don't think most people have ever seen those places. It would be fun for something exciting to happen in one. This could also be in a local public or school library, especially a small town. Most people never think of anything exciting happening in a library.

Overall, I liked the program and hope there are more to come.
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ILLINOIS

Bernadine Reid
Burbank IL

Stars for overall estimation-
4 Stars

Stars for librarian image makeover-
4 Stars

Brief Movie review-
"The Librarian was an informative, funny, entertaining movie with Noah Wylie portraying a "Librarian" newly hired by the Metropolitan Library in New York, to take care of the treasures of the world.  The treasures included, the arc of the covenant, King Arthur's sword, Pandora's Box and a part of the spear that pierced the heart of Jesus on the cross. 

A group of thieves stole the part of the spear in the library, to search for the rest of the spear to gain tremendous power, the group was headed by the former "librarian", who was thought to be killed.  It became the Librarian's job to search for the spear and bring it back to the library.

The search was exciting and funny, with 'the Librarian" using references from many, many books he read in his lifetime for clues to the recovery.  He also carried a book of clues, written in the language of the birds that he deciphered and used throughout the movie.

What I admired about the character: 
I was glad to see "the Librarian' refer many times to the knowledge of books and how all of his reading contributed to his knowledge.

The most "real" aspect of the film
The knowledge gained from books, and when the Director said to the librarian, "I hope you saved your receipts".

What I would have loved to see in the film:
More realistic pictures of the Amazon jungle, they looked fake.

What I would like the sequel to tackle:
Some of the facts about where all the artifacts came from, and who brought them to the library.
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Darlene
Chicago, IL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
I thought that this was more of an action adventure movie then showing a librarian's skills in reason and deduction.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Handsome

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
I did not see one.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
More librarians using their skills.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I don't think that should happen.
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Dr. Alva R. Caldwell
Evanston, IL  

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian" 
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Unfortunately, The Librarian continues to perpetrate the notion that libraries are warehouses where the treasures are locked securely away and the public can neither get to the treasures or even know of their existence. The Bob Newhart character appears and disappears in time, space, and various media as the public assumes librarians are from other parallel universe. Jane Curtin gives a hilarious appearance as the traditional stereotypical "shhh, be quiet" librarian. Noah Wyle and Sonya Walger certainly break all stereotypes about librarians! Bring them back!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His vast knowledge and his willingness to learn from others

What was the most "real" aspect of the film? 
Forcing the perpetual student into a job.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
People using the library

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The Treasure Pit on Oak Island in Nova Scotia where no one has been able to reach the bottom of the Treasure Pit which may hold "Shakespeare's original manuscripts, or the Inca Treasures, or ???"
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Ann Duncan-Gibbs
Evanston, IL

Overall Estimation of the Librarian:
3 out of 4 stars for the movie overall

Image of the Librarian:
2 stars out of four for the image of the librarian. It is still a somewhat sterotypical portrayal of the bumbling, overly intelligent librarian. Much better than some, though.

Brief movie review:
Very fun movie. It has a very campy type of humor, and it is very clear that Noah Wyle as the Librarian, is very willing to laugh at himself which makes him an endearing character. This would make a great tv series.

Admire or enjoy about the lead character:
I appreciate the fact that the lead character is admired for his intelligence. It seems in this day and age that "average" is often good enough. In many schools and throughout our society, we are encouraged to just get by, don't work any harder than is necessary, and certainly, don't think too much. Also, it's nice to see a librarian appreciated.

Most real aspect of the film:
Some of the scenery was very nice. Some of the special effects were ok. I was a nice touch to use the same Ark of the Covenant that was in Indiana Jones.

Loved to see in the film somewhere:
I think having a call number label on the Spear of Destiny label at the end would have been a nice touch. Or perhaps a copy of LCSH sitting somewhere.

Future sequels:
In the future, the Fountain of Youth or El Dorado might make an amusing quest. Perhaps Noah's ark would also be a potential subject. I would definitely like to see this turned into a series.
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Patti Fleser
Highland Park, IL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 out of 4 stars  (2 out of 4 if you took the movie too seriously)

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 out of 4 stars  (see above)

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
This light-hearted movie shows how a "permanent student" with an encyclopedia of knowledge lands himself a job at a city library as "The Librarian" who is charged with protecting the treasures of history and the world. If you watched "The Librarian" to see what a librarian's job is like, then this movie wasn't for you. If you watched the librarian to simply have fun and laugh at the stereotypes often given to librarians, then you were probably satisfied.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I admired that the lead character Flynn could laugh at himself; he didn't take himself too seriously.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The most real aspect of the film is the theme that librarians DO know quite a lot, they ARE helpful in all types of situations, and they ARE, at times, over worked.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would have liked to see that a Librarian does live a "normal" life. We are not all geeky, anti-social people who can't function as anything else. We CHOOSE to serve the community as librarians. (Though I was glad to see he DID get the beautiful girl in the end!)

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
If a sequel is produced, I'd like to see more use of the librarian's wealth of knowledge in more fun and entertaining Indian Jones-like chases.
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Melissa Henderson
Children's Librarian

Libertyville, IL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3.5 stars out of 4 ... Carsen, the new librarian a young man (not an old woman).  There wasn't a bun in sight.  No shushing!  And Bob Newhart, as a past librarian, certainly was one tough cookie!

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A fun (sometimes silly) action adventure in which a brave and brawny beauty works alongside a librarian with encyclopedic knowledge to overcome the forces of evil to save the world. Along the way, there is great scenery, assorted double-crosses and a few surprises.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His appreciation of life-long learning ... and that his knowledge was of critical importance in the quest. His enthusiasm and willingness to pursue his adventure (once he got started!)  His sense of humor (a key asset in the work of a librarian). 

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The work of a librarian requires a depth and breadth of knowledge. A librarian never knows what she is going to run into on any given day. The library is a magical place full of powerful knowledge.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Not quite so many evil female characters

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Something related to the Arthurian Legend; lots of fun stuff to work with (Holy Grail, Round Table, Glastonbury Tor, Camelot, Avalon, Merlin, Morgan Le Fey).  Another idea could be the search for Atlantis  or another lost civilization. 
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Elaine Knight
Lincoln IL

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1 Star

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer:
This Indiana Jones rip-off reinforces all the stereotypes it purports to challenge. Librarians, according to Flynn's example, are bookish nerds with limited people skills, given to spouting all manner of arcane facts but lacking in practical knowledge. No experience is necessary for the job. ("I've never worked in a library before," Flynn confides.) Furthermore, the library itself is a secretive place, isolated from the real world. ("Librarians are the only ones who know it exists.") While the film was mildly amusing as a made-for-cable potboiler, Flynn won't do for librarianship what Indy did for archaeology.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Not much. He is a feckless professional student who has never held a job before, has no experience in library work and may not even be credentialed. (He has 22 academic degrees, but I heard no mention that any one of them was in library science, ALA-accredited or not :-) !) He has no personal life and no skill at relating to other people. This is hardly someone who I would consider a stereotype-busting librarian!

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Again, very little. Even the legends of the objects in the library were altered to provide some cheap laughs. Excalibur wouldn't be found stuck in a stone as it was returned to the Lady of the Lake at Arthur's death (or his departure for Avalon, depending on the version of the legend one prefers.) Pandora's box released evil into the world forever, not just for 1000 years--and would now contain only Hope--the one item that remained when the evils and cares escaped.

While these are minor points, the whole production shows a similar lack of cohesiveness. Other examples of inconsistency abound--If only the librarians know about the library, what do they tell the security guards? If the Spear of Destiny was too powerful to be kept intact before it was stolen, why is it OK to display AFTER thieves have got to it once?

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Some evidence that Flynn actually used librarian's skills in the quest. His contributions were almost always memorized trivia, reinforcing the idea that librarians are walking encyclopedias. Note to TNT--that's not what "information specialist" means!

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Please--no sequels! Once was mildly funny, but enough is enough!
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Gina Sheade
Lincolnshire, IL

I saw the movie - here are my responses.

1. STARS OUT OF FOUR FOR OVERALL ESTIMATION - 2

2. STARS OUT OF FOUR FOR LIBRARIAN IMAGE MAKEOVER - 4

3. BRIEF MOVIE REVIEW - Outrageous but fun

4. ADMIRED OR ENJOYED MOST ABOUT LEAD CHARACTER - his apparent vast knowledge of ancient languages and civilizations; plus he's really cute!

5. MOST "REAL" ASPECT OF THE FILM - Can't think of a thing that seemed real!

6. WOULD HAVE LOVED TO SEE SHOWN - Flynn's MLS Degree and some "real" librarians at work, helping him with his quest

7. WOULD LIKE "THE LIBRARIAN" TO TACKLE IN THE FUTURE - The scariest monsters of all - Librarian Salaries From the Abyss!
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INDIANA

Mechael D. Charbonneau
Bloomington, IN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
Really bad -- no stars. A terrible "Indiana Jones" wanna be movie.

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
Interesting, but still didn't do much to improve our image! "I can do Dewey, LC classification, web searches. -- Everyone can do that -- the are all librarians."

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Would have been nice if the facts of the movie were at least true. Just some things off the top of my head:
- You cannot view the northern constellation from the Southern Hemisphere (they were in the Amazon jungle, weren't they?)
- The Mayans were never in the Amazon jungle region.
- When spoken to in Portuguese, one does not answer in Spanish.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Well, he was cute, but that was about it.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Way too much fantasy. I don't know if anything would be considered as "real."

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
No idea ...

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
No more, PLEASE!
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Michele Fenton
Indianapolis, IN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
1 out of 4 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 out of 4 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
I didn't find this movie to be as good as the advertisements made it out to be. The advertisements made it seem like you were getting "Indiana Jones" when all you were getting was a waste of film. I would have preferred Sonia Walger's character to be the librarian. She was much stronger and more sure of herself. She seemed more the hero, whereas Noah Wylie's character was more the stupid sidekick.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He was nice to look.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The bookshelves were the most "real" aspect of the film.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
A better storyline.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
Nothing. As bad as this film was, there's no need for a sequel.
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Janet Wallace, Library Director
Shelbyville, IN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
The Librarian is a story of a professional student who becomes "The Librarian" of rare artifacts.  He then has to find a missing spear which he does because he has the knowledge to uncover the clues.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He could find out the answers by research and study.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Knowledge can be the key to uncovering the answers.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
N/A

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
More of the same!  Good movie.
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IOWA

Laura Walth
Des Moines, Iowa

One star being worst and four being best:

One star for overall estimation of The Librarian

One star for librarian image makeover in The Librarian

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
As a professional librarian I felt the movie was an insult to the profession. It was so poorly written and directed it made fools out of the professional actors who couldn't even salvage this show. The original writer may have had a better story, but this production was so unbelievable and corny it ruined what may have originally been a good story.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I would have enjoyed the character more if they hadn't portrayed him as a nerd. He seemed like a good actor that was forced into a role of comedy that was not comical. It was corny.

What was the most real aspect of the film?
There was no real aspect of the film. How could someone as young as The Librarian receive 22 degrees by his age? It portrayed a false image of what libraries and librarians are really about. It was like someone's fantasy of libraries that had no connection to reality whatsoever.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
As a fantasy It would have been more believable if there hadn't been so much forced comedy, which actually made it less believable. Even the reality of a day in the life of a librarian could have been more entertaining than this production.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
If using fantasy create more entertaining stories rather than trying to make The Librarian a comical character. The role of Bob Newhart didn't work. Jane Curtain's role was a little too far fetched. It would be more entertaining to see The Librarian tackle some real life situations. Maybe this could have been the fantasy of The Librarian's before he actually got the real job.
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KENTUCKY

Mark Dickson
Louisville, KY

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 stars for interesting my 12 year old. (Only 3 stars because my 10 year was not interested at all.)

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Comic book adventure and 'Jeopardy' erudition in a gentle reblending of the Indiana Jones stories and  Harry Potter magic realism. Although there was no spell casting, per se, there were suggestions of magic. The shallow dialogue attracted my 12 year old while we watched, but I don't think the film would inspire adult recruitment into the field.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I enjoyed the 'Jeopardy-like' dropping of various scientific, geographic, and sociological observations and facts of the lead character while evolving into his prescribed role as the  Librarian.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
None of it was real.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
If the guy is going to be called a Librarian, he should have had a Library degree highlighted in his credentials.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
How about fund-raising and recruitment?  Seriously, there are plenty of high-tech, information gathering themes that could appeal to the video game set that this product is obviously aimed.
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MARYLAND

Robyn Truslow
Prince Frederick, MD

Stars out of four for overall estimation of The Librarian
4 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian
3.8 stars -- his lack of social skills didn't bother me but the idea that he has all this information in his head made me grumble. I'd like to see him be really good at looking something up efficiently and accurately which is really the skill that librarians should be proud of.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer) :
Fun movie with a great hero!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Good looking & brilliant

What was the most real aspect of the film?
The idea that the power to conquer the world can be found in a library. :)

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Most librarians know where to FIND information as opposed to keeping so much information in one's head. I'd like to see the Librarian do a little research...perhaps some very savvy usage of Google...some way to use search terms that most people wouldn't think of, or even using The Library's subscription databases to decipher some clue.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
Something that requires knowledge about where to find information.
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MICHIGAN

Stephanie Mathson
Lansing, MI

I would give the movie 3 stars out of 4 overall; however, in terms of the "librarian image makeover" quality of the film, I would give it only 1 star out of 4.

The movie was an entertaining romp, and I assume that it had quite a large budget in comparison to other made-for-TV movies; however, The Librarian really did little to reverse the image of librarians as über geeks. In fact, I think the film, though it depicted respect for life-long learning, reinforced the idea that librarians are eccentric and overly intellectual.

What I admired most about the character of Flynn Carsen was that his intellect saved him and his companion, Nicole, on several occasions. And, of course, because of his intelligence Flynn was able to find the last two pieces of the spear with relative ease.

I'm just completing my MLIS this semester and recently interviewed for three different professional positions. Given that, the "interview" that took place between Jane Curtain's character and Noah Wyle's "Flynn" was amusing and had some authentic touches. I had to answer the question of why I should be selected for a given position, though I didn't explain it as Flynn did (at first), "I know the Dewey Decimal System, Library of Congress, research orthodoxy, and I can build you an RSS." I laughed...I actually talked a good deal about Rich Site Services during two of my interviews! Fortunately, I didn't hear from any of my interviewers that "Everyone can do that. We're librarians."

Something I would have liked to have seen in the movie was the cataloging/processing of the marvelous treasure trove of items in the library! Now those things would make technical services work a tad more exciting!

As for a sequel to The Librarian, I wouldn't mind learning about the origins of some of the items in the collection and how they came to be guarded by the Librarian. The addition of Excalibur, for example, could prove interesting!

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to play Roger Ebert for a few minutes...
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Rikhei Harris
Ypsilanti, MI

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
1 Star

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Shallow characterization, trite plot, corny dialogue! What more could you want in a film... that deserves to be on Mystery Science Theatre 3000?

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
The parts where he got smacked by his romantic interest.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Well, it wasn't the main character's apparent acquisition of twenty-two degrees in approximately the same amount of years, it wasn't his social ineptitude, and don't even get me started on the historical and anthropological details...I'd have to go with the parts where he got smacked by his romantic interest.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
An accurate portrayal of librarianship?

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Really long commercial breaks
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NEW JERSEY

Amy Kearns, MLIS
Clifton, NJ

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
1 STAR OUT OF FOUR

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1 STAR OUT OF FOUR for the librarian image makeover. I don't think there was too much of a "makeover" of the librarian image because he was still stereotyped as "geeky," a "nerd," lived with his mom, "had no life," etc..... He DID however, have an enjoyable and pleasant personality and also he was good looking and became brave and adventurous by the end. AND HE GOT THE GIRL! ;-)

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer)
Overall, it was kind of boring. I liked the gender-reversal of the female being the "rescuer" and the male being the "brains," but the movie really had nothing to do with librarians or librarianship. I mean, nothing about him was really "librarian." He was just a guardian/protector of the objects really. He didn't need to be a librarian in any way. I didn't see the point of making him a librarian at all even. However, it was nice to see someone who was being called a librarian have humor and intelligence and be attractive. I also wonder why they chose to have it be a male librarian rather than a female (not that it should have been a female, but just wondering why). 
The movie was basically silly and had nothing to do with being a librarian.

I really, really wish they had made explicit him having an MLIS

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He was pleasant and likable. Had a sense of  humor and was VERY, VERY intelligent. His ultra intelligence I guess was my favorite aspect of him. 

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
There wasn't anything really very "real" - I guess maybe the high intelligence of the librarian and how his knowledge was across many topics. It was clear he loved knowledge and learning and he just cared and knew about a lot of things and respected and had reverence for knowledge and learning, and the objects in his 'library,' and to me, that is a librarian. 

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
HIM HAVING/GETTING A MASTER OF LIBRARY SCIENCE!!!!!

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I DO NOT REALLY WANT TO SEE A SEQUEL
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Carlisle Webber
Kinnelon, NJ

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian":
1 Star

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian":
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
There once was a book nerd named Flynn. Who knew Portuguese, LC, and Prynne. He had no Master's degree, but it didn't matter 'cause he got his job by divine intervention.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His passion for learning, and his knowledge that all great things aren't necessarily learned in books.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The idea that librarians are the stewards if the world's knowledge. Also, this line: "That's the librarian." "Don't underestimate him."

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Oh, I don't know. Maybe a librarian with a degree in library science?

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
A sequel? I don't think I'll be watching that. Unless maybe Noah Wyle goes to library school.
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Mary Lou Skillin
Montclair, NJ

Stars out of four for overall estimation of The Librarian
4 out of 4 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian
4 out of 4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A brainy roller coaster of a movie!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He didn't take himself too seriously - but he took his work seriously.

What was the most real aspect of the film?
Trying to dig relevant information from books.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
The public - and their use of the/a library.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
What is the American Dream? How libraries are the key to democracy.
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Meredith Wasek
Ramsey, NJ

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 1/2 Stars
 
Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
"The Librarian" is charged with protecting treasures that are supposedly real artifacts from past myths, folklore, and biblical stories, such as Excalibur.  One such artifact is stolen and he must save the pieces from being used by the former Librarian who is now part of an evil group.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I liked that he was excited about learning and made that a very clear point in the movie.  He wasn't afraid to enjoy learning and want to do it for a living.  He loved books and was very knowledgeable in general.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The most real aspect of the film was the concept that not everything can be in the mind, but must also be felt in the heart.  I think that it was a nice theme from Flynn's mother to the end of the movie and that it is true of real life.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would have liked to see the concept that a librarian is not simply someone who knows lots of things, rather someone who can obtain information and find out what one needs to know.  Not every librarian is full of facts and knows multiple languages, but a librarian is able to search for information.  I would have liked to see more of a search process.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
More clues and problem solving and treasure hunting.  The librarian should show more use of resources on the adventure, rather than just "knowing" things.  Also, I think the Librarian need not be depicted so much as a bumbling geek, granted his image did shift at the very end of the film.
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Elizabeth Burns
Toms River, NJ

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian":
3 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian":
3 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Life-long student Flynn, holder of 22 degrees, finally leaves the safe world of academia and gets a job -- as "The Librarian". The Library is the ultimate "special library", consisting of texts and artifacts that include the Ark of the Covenant and the Sword Excalibur. His job includes preserving the collection, including finding missing artifacts. So its also about acquisitions!

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Knowledge & the pursuit of knowledge were shown to be cool & sexy.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Flynn's love of learning. He wanted to stay pursuing degrees under the belief that staying in school was the only way to continue learning; as a librarian, he realizes that learning is a day to day part of the job.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
The film was fun & I don't like nitpicking what wasn't shown. For example, Flynn has 22 degrees & during his interview process mentions having several different library-related skills. Does he ever say specifically he has a MLS or MLIS? Nope; but the skill set is that of a professional. Also, none of his degrees are specified (bachelors, masters, JD, MD???).

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Preservation and acquisitions were explored... if there were a sequel, it would be interesting to see how this interesting collection is arranged & cataloged. Also, in this opening film the priority was recovering a stolen item. It would be interesting to see if the Library is primarily an archive to hold onto items, or if people are allowed to use the Library. What types of customers does this Library serve?
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NEW YORK

Sara Marcus
Bayside, NY

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian" 
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):  In this movie, the image of the librarian is portrayed as the holder of all knowledge, but also a conspiracy to keep some knowledge hidden from the general public.  However, the stylized presentation of the movie, and the stereotype of the librarian wanting the job because they read a lot of books, and bland clothing, takes away from the new image of the librarian.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?   His sense of humor, which helped to show not all librarians are stiff and unsmiling.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?  The opening, where the student was a lifelong student who was turned down by the social worker.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?  More of what a librarian really does / has to do.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?  Finding
lost information that was misshelved / misplaced.
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Rakhi Bhattacharya
Brooklyn, NY

I will not give any stars for "The Librarian."

I will not give any stars for the librarian image makeover in "The

Librarian."

The movie is mindless and insultingly stupid to the librarian profession.

The only quality that I admired about the lead character was that he was

earnest.

The most "real" aspect of the film was the NYPL setting.

I would have loved to see a movie with an intelligent plotline, better

acting, character development and better sets and special effects.

No sequels, please!
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Laura Pearle
New York NY

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian":
1/2 Star

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian":
1 Star

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
The movie is a poor-man's rehash of Indiana Jones, the Da Vinci Code and H. Rider Haggard's novels.  The best parts are when Bob Newhart is on the screen, which sadly, is not often enough.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?  Very little. He appeared to be going through the motions and not really embodying any character.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film? 
That he knew a lot of trivia.  I didn't believe for a second that he knew anything about libraries.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere? 
Him working as a real librarian and drawn into these adventures.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel? 
What about theft of great books?  Nothing "supernatural" but still requires derring-do (see Julie Kaewert's series featuring Alex Plumtree: (http://www.themysteryreader.com/kaewert-unsolicited.html).  I would have found that much more enjoyable!
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Mary Sanders
New York, NY

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 1/2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A good remake/update of the Harrison Ford Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and the Kathleen Turner Romancing the Stone movies.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His intelligence and ability to figure out answers through reading and analysis and his innate goodness

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The fact of the library as a source of information.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
The use of other books - not just artifacts or relics.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
It seems he (they) will do some time-travel - a little more fantastical.
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Nancy Wissman
Tappan, NY

Stars overall: 2.5

Stars librarian image makeover: 2. Why'd they choose a male?

Brief review: Enjoyable and entertaining movie of middling quality regarding storyline and writing. The actors were fun. Lead character: Very cute and obscurely clever.

Most real: The librarian as a keeper of knowledge. That knowledge means nothing if you don't have heart.

Loved to have seen: I wondered what he would have done in a normal day. What's he supposed to do all day?

Sequel: That time machine thing sounded fun. How about the "National Treasure" done right?
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Eileen Stelljes
Walden, NY

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
Rated 3.5 stars out of 4 overall.
 
Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
Rated 3 stars out of 4 for makeover.
 
Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A Librarian guardian for all the real/fantasy treasures being housed alongside books was an engaging, original premise.  Tongue-in-cheek nods to popular adventure and hero movies were quite entertaining. The literary and historical references woven through the story, as well as the focus on languages and books were a terrific boost for reading. Finally, I particularly liked the line,  "I don't get the facts wrong".
 
What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I admired that he loved learning, and became more self-confident about what he did know.
 
What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Security for the wonderful treasure trove of books and artifacts seemed the most real aspect. 

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would have liked seeing the arrival/cataloging of a new artifact, or book shipment. It would have shown the behind-the scenes process for every library.
 
What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
So many mythical and legendary treasures were already shown on display! The Holy Grail would be an interesting subject for a future episode, and I'd like to see more installments.
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NORTH CAROLINA

Glenna Lemasters
Greenville, NC

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
1 ½ stars for escapism.

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 stars for effort; 0 stars for all the patrons who will now expect their local librarian to know all the answers off the top of his/her head and also save the world in his/her spare time.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
This film poked fun at the popular view of those who work in libraries and yet added to that view with a one-dimensional presentation of a library. The idea that anyone can just walk into the job and be a librarian doesn't do much for professionalism. The best part was watching Bob Newhart acting out of character since he is a good fit for the stereotypical librarian. I loved his gung-ho ex-Marine character kicking bad-guy ass so effectively.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
It is fun seeing a nerd coping outside the ivory tower.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
There was nothing "real" about the film - it is pure mind candy.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would like to have seen the support staff and the "back room" workers who maintain the Library in its spotless condition and who help the Librarian in his task.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I would like to learn the history of the Library.

Comment: A jarring moment occurred when after being escorted by uniformed and heavily armed guards through an formidable entrance, former Librarian Judson (Bob Newhart) tells new Librarian Carsen that the best place to hide something is in the open. That obvious advertisement that Something Valuable Is Being Guarded Here affected my ability to suspend disbelief through the rest of the movie.
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Andrew Keck
Hillsborough, NC

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
The Librarian highlighted the profession of being a librarian but was not terribly true to the call or particular duties of a librarian.  Flynn was really more of a renaissance man than a librarian although his thirst for knowledge in all disciples certainly reflects a motivation of many librarians.  The actors were magnificent in their roles and the writing provided great moments in humor.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Flynn's thirst for knowledge and learning

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The most "real" aspect of the film was Flynn's ability to find connections between different disciplines.  In this age of increasing specialization, librarians are in the best position to discover these connections between areas of knowledge.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Surely at least one of the clues/puzzles to solve could have used Boolean
logic.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Information literacy

Favorite quotes:
Nobody questions the Librarian - not even the Librarian.
What is this? Slap a librarian day?
I don't get the facts wrong.  It's everything else I screw up.
Get your own geek
Being a librarian is a pretty cool job.
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OHIO

RoseMary Honnold
Coshocton, OH

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian" Makeover?
The librarian images were mixed. Jane Curtain's character was the stereotypical, strict, no nonsense, no humor librarian. Bob Newhart's character was at least a little more interesting as the story progressed. The main character wasn't librarian like at all, but he never actually worked as a librarian. His lack of life experience was too stereotypical. I think the idea was he had been in training all this time, but that message wasn't very clear.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Allan Quatermain becomes a "librarian". Favorite line: "Get your own nerd." The movie was a bit more campy than I expected.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He's cute.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The mom trying to hook up her 30 something son.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
What the library is used for. It seemed more a secret museum and not a useful library. It would be cool if the librarian had to actually do a little research to solve problems instead of having it all in his head.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The library.
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Nancy Milford
Cuyahoga Falls,OH

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in The Librarian;
2 1/2 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Pale imitation of of Indiana Jones movies. Did like the line, "Being a library is a pretty cool job." What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character? His love of books learning and his deductive reasoning. Of course, Noah Wylie is a most charming actor.

What was the most real aspect of the film?
Only real thing: his 6-month job probation.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Mention of an MLs in all of his Masters Degrees.

What would you like The Librarian to tackle in any future sequel?
Battling censorship and The Patriot Act abuses. Any scenes depicting real librarians at work.
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Amanda Sprochi
Kent, OH

Stars out of four: 1.5

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover: 1

Brief movie review:
I don't know whether to be amused or appalled. As both an archaeologist AND a librarian, I'm leaning toward appalled, although I do hope I have a sense of humor enough to enjoy a cheesy bad movie. And this one is cheesy bad--the archaeology is horrible, the portrayal of librarianship and scholars is worse, and the loopy, enjoyable  tongue-in-cheek moments were greatly outweighed by the wince-inducing, unbelievable ones.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character:
He was smart.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Uh...Gravity apparently still functions. Most of the time.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Something resembling the real job librarians do--actually helping patrons find things, for example, or doing real research. Working to improve literacy or serving low-income neighborhoods. We're teachers--show some of that, please. This guy was more of a curator, if anything (and okay, given the ridiculous premise, that's a silly complaint, but still.)

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
How about the eroding freedom of information and the ability of people to read what they want without government interference? Then again, he could always raise the sunken library of Alexandria. No one's tried that yet.
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Christy Reineck
Perrysburg, OH


I felt the joy of discovery in a new library as was shown by the Librarian!
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Damon D. Hickey, Ph.D
Wooster, OH

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Mindless, entertaining fluff that does little to present librarians as they really are. "The
Librarian," described as a geek and a nerd, is brilliant and knowledgeable, but dumb and timid.  He breaks the stereotype in only one way: he's a man. But mostly, he's a girlie man.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His knowledge.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Mention of Dewey and LC classification systems

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
That one of his 22 degrees was a master's in library/information science

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Religious fanatic book-burners
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OREGON

Judy Anderson
Beaverton, OR

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 Stars - entertaining

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Excellent casting; great classic Bob Newhart; pure fun

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He's unassuming and low key.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The interview line to get a librarian job

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Jane Curtain in a martial arts fight scene

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The Golden Fleece
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RHODE ISLAND

Alan Gunther
Providence, RI

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
2

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Basically a revamped version of Romancing the Stone, but with a reversal of the roles of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. Interesting that once again (as is the case with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) white people are searching for holy Christian relics, and a villain is non-white. It's rather odd that these relics are hidden in Mayan and ancient Chinese areas. Noah Wylie does a fun job of pulling off a kind of "geek chic" that drives the film.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Sense of honesty and a belief of truth and knowledge. He is young and energetic. But no MLIS degree -- horrors! :-)

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Strong female characters. One of the few areas where stereotypes are broken in the film.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
He never "shushed" a villain! There is no emphasis on serving and helping the public. It would have been great if he helped someone find some information, or read a book to a child.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I would like to see them struggle with budget cuts and layoffs. Now that would be realistic!
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SOUTH CAROLINA

Penny S. Wendt
Columbia, SC

Saw the movie. Wasn't particularly impressed. Moderately entertaining, but really did not do much to promote the image of the profession.
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TENNESSEE

Janet Caruth
Cleveland, TN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Obviously a funny take off on Indiana Jones and also DaVinci. Just good holiday fun.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Decision making skills mixed with intelligence and also participation in the "real" world. Can it be? Aside - loved Newhart as usual.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Was there any?

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
May a group set of team librarians - i.e. support staff. Other than two head Librarians.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Shroud of Turin and Chalice
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Paige Palmer
Knoxville, TN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 1/2 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
"The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" is a brilliant representation of the preconceived notions surrounding this profession and many of their stereotypical qualities.  Flynn Carsen exhibits the fortitude and courage to conquer any challenge with a growing confidence and worth that is foreshadowed by the introduction of Excalibur.  The budding relationship with his female protector and the animosity between the renegade, former Librarian and Flynn engages the audience in this classic struggle between good and evil.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Flynn Carsen is a wonderfully curious and loveable character.  His thirst for knowledge is admirable, and his ill at ease manner is most endearing and enjoyable.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The most realistic aspect of the film is the passion that Flynn has for the search for knowledge and truth; the basic characteristics for all true librarians.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
It would have been a real treat to see some "sample" text from the book that contained the Language of the Birds.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I do not have any specific ideas, but I sincerely hope there will be many future sequels/episodes.
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Becky Smeltzer
Knoxville, TN

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 stars!

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 stars!

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Wonderful fantasy/adventure movie that glamorizes an occupation most people regard as ho-hum. Captures the essence of how many librarians secretly perceive themselves, as gatekeepers and guardians of the world's knowledge.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His knowledge of so many subject areas and willingness to do whatever the job required.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The vast resources that librarians make available to their patrons and the non-judgmental attitude toward traditional religions and mythology. They were treated as being equally real and valuable.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Technical Services! Somebody has to catalog all those items!

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future
sequel?
The Holy Grail; ancient writings, such as the Dead Sea or Nag Hammadi; Queen of Sheba; Mary Magdalene; Free Masons; Crusades; King Solomon's mines; medical cures from plants in the Amazon; ancient Egypt; early religions with female deities; Celts; Stonehenge. I don't care--just do a sequel!
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TEXAS

Ruth Chiego Turner
Austin, TX

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian" 
1

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
In the words of Jane Curtin, right before Noah Wylie, The Librarian, forges onward to recover the Spear of Destiny in the Amazon jungle… "Oh God, help us all!" While there are redeeming moments such as black belt beauty Kelly Hu responding to a dismissive "Is that the librarian?" from one of her fellow villains with a "Don’t underestimate him," most of the movie is absolutely uninspired. With a cast of greats such as this, it could have been so much more. Next time they may want to visit some libraries to see what real librarians do and how they got there in the first place… that and invest in some much better special effect. What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?

His matter-of-factness… some of the lines he had while cheesy were just good campy fun. For example: "What is this? Slap the librarian day?" Who doesn’t have a day at work like this once in awhile? We may not be in the Amazon jungle but Library land can sometimes be just as wild. Also, his notion that librarians are perpetual students is quite nice.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The book avalanche at the beginning of the film. Maybe I’m just a klutz, but I can’t remember a month without some kind of bruising on the job.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Some mention of him actually having received a Masters in Library Science as one of his Masters degrees. They seemed to gloss over this as though you just need to have read a lot of books and endure a 6 month probationary period to become a librarian. Also, the library they show is about as welcoming as a tomb. It would have been nice if they had acknowledged that libraries have come a long way and are often the hub of communities instead of empty echo chambers.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The adventure aspect is great, but I’d love to see a more realistic representation of librarians including a more modern library setting. Some of us actually do not live with our parents, locked in our rooms, surrounded by books. Take a look at Librarian Rupert Giles in TV’s "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" for inspiration. Even the 1950s movie "Desk Set" with Hepburn and Tracy had a more evolved view of librarianship.
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Andrew Hunter
Dallas, TX

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"

4 stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
A perpetual student (Noah Wylie) with 22 degrees is selected by the Metropolitan Library System to become THE Librarian, a clumsy Indiana Jones-type who retrieves the three pieces of the spear used in the Crucifixion of Christ, while preventing the evil former librarian (Kyle MacLachlan) from obtaining it first. Wylie's character roars off on a motorcycle to another adventure with the kick-ass female librarian assigned to protect him.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His masculinity and his intelligence.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The portrayal of "knowledge is power."

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Wylie's character doing a story hour with the children in the Amazonian village.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
I would like to see The Librarian travel back in time to save the library of Alexandria, Egypt.
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Ty R. Burns
Houston, TX

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
An action fantasy where the unlikely hero saves the world and learns about life. A fun filled adventure with surprising twists and turns that kept me amused. A brilliant escape for a break from the world.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
His naiveté

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The comments about knowledge and its applications. The saying, "The things that make life worth living can't be thought here, they must be felt here."

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
His actual use of the library and research to find knowledge.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
The lead in at the end with the Time Machine was excellent.
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Brenda Gouty
Richardson, TX

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
This action packed film moved the profession of librarianship to the forefront by taking an average Joe smart guy and luring him into a world of intrigue and adventure.  "The Librarian", while basically an "Indiana Jones" by another name, is refreshing.  The film is sure to draw viewers into libraries just to see the hidden treasures within.....that alone is success!
 
What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I enjoyed Flynn's duel quality of superior intellect combined with being an average normal guy.
 
What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
The superior intellect of librarians of course!  And....the fact that Flynn was a professional student turned librarian....I know people like that!
 
What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Perhaps I missed this somewhere, but I would have liked to have seen people actually using a part of the library for research, etc.
 
What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Too many possibilities....
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Sherry York
South Padre Island, TX

Overall estimation: **** (four of four)

Librarian image makeover **** (four of four)

Librarians are superheroes! This movie proves what we librarians have long known--knowledge is power when librarians and books work for good!

The lead character loves knowledge and books. He has a good heart, and he wants to keep learning. Isn't that the ideal of every librarian?

The film realistically depicted the fact that real-life librarians come in all sizes and shapes and none of them wear their hair in buns. Librarians carry around worlds of information in their brains and they love to share that information.

I would love to have seen some actual research taking place in real libraries.

A sequel should involve school-age children.
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Nancy Agafitei
Spring, TX

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian":
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian":
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
"The Librarian" was entertaining to watch, but disappointing because most elements of the plot seemed borrowed from earlier movies like "Indiana Jones" and "Romancing the Stone". Noah Wylie was too klutzy for my taste, but the supporting characters added surprising and enjoyable aspects of humor.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He was physically attractive and very bright, but then, most librarians are.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Good jobs are hard to find. The long line of hopefuls waiting to interview for a job in a library is something we are seeing more and more.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
I would have loved to see actual knowledge used from some of the "real" books that were everywhere in the movie. Librarians know how to find all kinds of information. They don't have everything memorized.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
How about less emphasis on searching for phony artifacts, and more emphasis on solving someone's real problem -- like finding info to resolve a health crisis, developing a strategy for a business dilemma, or contributing to a peaceful end to a violent conflict. That's the kin of issues that "real" librarians deal with.
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VIRGINIA

Linda Wirth
Burke, VA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
 No Stars - This movie was so bad I didn't even finish watching it. When they were stranded in the jungle after skydiving out of the plane I turned it off. I wouldn't even give it one star.

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
Librarian image makeover - The worst part of the whole movie.  I was hoping for an Indiana Jones type, instead we got Don Knotts.  Perhaps he improved later on in the movie but a 30 Something living at home with his Mother and without a social life is not the image I'd like for my profession.  When I stopped watching the Librarian had to be rescued at every point by a beautiful girl who despised him.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
His Sherlock Holmes ability to deduce things by close observation and his use of his knowledge to figure out their exact position in the jungle.  (This was the ONLY thing I admired about the character.)

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Nothing in the film as far as I saw it was "real."

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
A Librarian who was a dashing heroic character.  As stated in #2 I was hoping for an Indiana Jones type.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Not unless the character of The Librarian drastically changed in the last half of the movie.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
(This extra criticism added by me) Mangled myths - They couldn't even get their myths straight.  King Arthur's sword was thrown into a lake after his death.
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Elizabeth Lewis
Richmond, VA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
4 Stars - If you enjoy this type of movie (and I do)

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
4 Stars - Loved all three "librarians" (good, bad, and older) and the adventuresome girl.

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Adventure, romance, and lots of gentle mocking of film history and stereotypes make this a funny movie bringing new meanings to two classic lines: "Find your own Geek" and "You are a real mother!@#$; I was a librarian."

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Reminds me all too much of too many of my colleagues and one of my children - want to stay in school forever

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Very unrealistic architectural portrayal of libraries, but don't we all wish we worked in places like that.  Loved the reverent attitude.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
Sly mentions of some of the other great libraries (that do exist).

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
More with "sword in the stone."  Use any known myths/religions and amuse
and teach of their artifacts and stories.  Lots of plot material.
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Jenny Nelson
Richmond, VA

Overall, I thought the film deserved 3 stars.  It had a slow start,  but improved as the character developed.   3 stars also for the  librarian makeover because he rarely consulted the book he carried for information.  He did show great skills at retrieving knowledge.  We librarians always try to find the answer, but it isn't necessarily  tucked away in our brains.  Book knowledge served the character well for finding the pieces of the spear.

 I liked the Biblical references and the obvious good and evil characterizations.

The librarian stated that he knew the Dewey Decimal and the Library of Congress systems, but as far as "realistic", I do not know of any librarians chosen to go on quests.

It reminded me of the "Raiders" movies in that college professors don't go on such exciting archaeological digs.  The librarian saying that the most valuable object in the world is your brain, asking a lot of  questions and thinking anything is possible in a world of books were excellent parts of the film.

The movie was interesting in that it showed the advantages of learning and reading.
"Never stop learning" seemed to be a good promotional idea.  Now that the character is developed, I'm looking forward to more adventures. 

However, at the end of the movie, he mentioned "insect groups".  The serpent is a reptile and the scorpion is a member of the arachnid family, not the insect family.

In future films, it would be interesting if he were actually "working" in a library before he starts his quest.  In the "Raiders" films, Harrison Ford was teaching a college class when he received his summons to find the objects.  Having Noah Wylie working in the library, checking out books, cataloging, etc. when he gets the summons would be interesting.

I'm glad to see the term "librarian" used instead of "media specialist".  Librarian has the word book in it which denotes knowledge found in reading, not browsing the internet.

I look forward to the sequel.
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Michael Timpani
Springfield, VA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 stars out of 4

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1 star out of 4

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
It was just OK.. needed more action and special effects....

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
I like the fact they wrote in the script how he could deduce things about people from observation like Sherlock Holmes....

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
When the Librarian protector tells him he's not in her league and he should just shut up.. on the plane....

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
More love scenes...

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel? he should team up or make reference to other fictional adventurers like Lara Croft or Indiana Jones.....or have a helper that has a cool power...
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WASHINGTON

Tomi Whalen
Kingston, WA

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
2 Stars - If I were not a librarian, I would not have watched the movie because the beginning did not engage me.

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
1 Start -  Why did the librarian have to be male (who is a Geek and not even trained to be a librarian) instead of female?

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
This romp through ancient mysteries and classic works borrowed heavily from action adventure films.  Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart stole whatever scene they were in, and the movie might have been better if they could have had more screen time.  Bob Newhart Â's character seemed to be the real Librarian while Noah Wyle did the field work.  The movie was a pleasant diversion which could use a sequel that improves on the original.

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
He did not consider himself superior even though he was well read.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Hundreds of applicants and only ONE librarian position.

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
In the public area of the library, patrons of all ages using the library and within the vault Sacred scrolls to represent the ancient writings from the East.

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
A crisis that would involve a female librarian from Eastern culture who performs a similar job.  To solve the mystery in order to save the world, the librarians must work together.
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WISCONSIN

Diana Skalitzky
Marshall WI 

Stars out of four for overall estimation of "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Stars out of four for librarian image makeover in "The Librarian"
3 Stars

Brief movie review (5 lines or fewer):
Funny, Loved the "puzzles"

What did you admire or enjoy most about the lead character?
Nerdy without being dory.

What was the most "real" aspect of the film?
Bad guys trying to kill the Librarians.  ; )

What would you have loved to see shown in the film somewhere?
More people USING the Metropolitan Public Library.  i.e. waiting in Line to check out books, Library staff, offering assistance on the floor.  

What would you like "The Librarian" to tackle in any future sequel?
Bad guys trying to undermine the work of Libraries and Library staff, (i.e. denying knowledge).
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