Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)

IMDb plot summary: Flynn, an over 30 "professional student," is banned from more classes, since he already has 22 degrees. Unexpectedly hired by a mysterious library, he's soon pursuing a stolen artifact from the library, a pursuit taking him to far off lands.
Directed by Peter Winther. Starring Noah Wyle, Sonya Walger, Bob Newhart and Kyle McLachlan.

Although the script for this movie is delightfully over-the-top and ridiculous, the acting never settles either into actual quality acting OR enjoyably campy ridiculousness. Kyle McLachlan has a few good scenes near the end where he clearly is having fun with his role, and Bob Newhart's dry delivery works most of the time, but neither of the two leads seem to be *enjoying* the silliness of their roles. As a result, this movie doesn't quite achieve so-bad-it's-good status - at least not watching it alone. Watching it with a group of snarky people, I'm sure this would be a blast. There's still plenty to make fun of watching it solo, but it takes a little more effort to stay interested when the acting is so lukewarm. 2 stars, but with a group it could be a 3-star experience.

Flickchart: #1495 out of 1988, below The Santa Clause and above The Music Man (2003).

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