In this dark comedy of petty office politics in a library, it's the head librarian versus the fresh-out-of-rehab book shelver in an all-out, deadly war of the wills.
This film proves that everyone has an expiration date. May the best woman win this war of catfights, false accusations and competing story time circles.
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"It's different, it's smart, and it's good entertainment" -- Film Threat
"Sharp direction and intelligent line delivery" -- L.A. Weekly
"Whip-smart...Tamar Hapern's Shelf Life taps into a fresh source for American comedy" -- Variety
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The plot is basically a series of mishaps between the two conflicting personalities. It is told in flashbacks, as the two recount their versions of events to an unseen mediator. This is a lightweight, not very deep movie whose characters are fairly simplistic, but I still enjoyed it. I prefer the rough edges of this kind of film to the more polished but thoroughly predictable typical mainstream movie. Though apparently filmed in the Los Angeles area, the feeling is more like a small town library. Shelf Life combines a kind of 1950s Main Street atmosphere with an underlying spirit of rebellion. The elements do not always gel perfectly, but the result is still interesting and mostly entertaining.
The listing for this film has the date 1992, while the information I looked up says it was released on DVD in 2006 and won some awards at Sundance in 2005, so I'm not sure if that earlier date is an error or in reference to a prior release. I'd recommend Shelf Life to fans of offbeat comedies.