Shelf Life

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Released 2006

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Released:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Shelf Life is a dark comedy set in a large public library. Head librarian Nikki Reynolds (Betsy Brandt) takes an instant dislike to new, young employee Betty Bonhouser (Elisa Bocanegra). Her staid adhesion to tradition clashes with Betty's rebellious youth. The feelings are mutual and the two women graduate from passive aggressive sniping to all out war. The movie is a satire about petty workplace politics and infighting, centering around the competition between the two women and the generations they represent. Assorted hijinks ensue that might even put the library itself in danger. The tagline 'Everyone has an expiration date' implies that the old should give way to the new, but is that the direction the story goes in? There is also a romance subplot between Betty and Jarrett (Ryan Spahn). Written and directed by Tamar Halpern, this satirical film won Best Feature at the Dances With Films festival in 2005.

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Comedy

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Dark Comedy, Independent