Friday, April 15, 2011

Shelf Life (2006)

Featuring: Betsy Brandt, Elisa Bocanegra. Director: Tamar Halpern.

Warning: This movie will only stream until May 9th so act fast!

Shelf Life is a mildly amusing indie comedy about the conflict between an anal-retentive head librarian and a young woman fresh out of rehab and starting a new job at the library. The premise is interesting enough and both actresses do an admirable enough job in their roles to make this a watchable movie, but not one I can really recommend.

The problem is the characters are just too one dimensional. You know what you're getting from each character and there is really no element of surprise. As a result, while the movie has some cute parts, but overall it just sort of falls flat. I'm not really trying to bash it because it isn't awful. After all, it did hold my interest throughout. There are just better movies you could watch instead. Oh, and if you do watch it and you're trying to figure out where you know the rehab girl from, she is the sister from Breaking Bad.

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According to Netflix this movie will stop streaming on 5/9/11. Of course, sometimes they lie.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Cool cover, decent premise.

Is it artsy? Nope.

What stood out the most to you? The actresses did a lovely job without much of a script to work with.

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Looking for a formulaic comedy.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 2 Stars.

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