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The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

Third movie in adventure series explores vampirism.

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Positive messages

Flynn does not set good examples with his behavior. He parties, he has sex with vampires, he's targeted by the mafia. It's all in good fun, but he's still acting in a pretty risky manner.


Not only do the bad guys use guns, but they employ hand grenades and poison. Lots of guns and gun violence. Frightening vampire bites and zombie chases.


Flynn is attracted to Simone and her tight, revealing outfit. Simone keeps a key in her garter belt, which she removes, showing a lot of thigh. She jumps on him and they sleep together the night that they meet. People on the street make out explicitly.


Language regarding to violence is disturbing. "Kill him and make it interesting."


New Orleans restaurants and bars.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking in excess. All of the main characters drink alcohol (except Judson.) Flynn is forced to drink a hallucinogenic drug that makes him have trippy experiences.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that vampires are the subject matter in this addition to the Librarian series, and the fangs and blood sucking could frighten younger viewers. Flynn falls in love with, and sleeps with, a vampire. Know that this edition of the series is racier than previous installments, with more blood and frightening images. Beware also of messages regarding debauchery in New Orleans -- drinking and sex abound.

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What's the story?

Flynn Carson (Noah Wyle) is back in the third installment of the Librarian series, and this time he goes to New Orleans to pursue a mysterious calling. While he's there, he meets a chanteuse named Simone (Stana Katic) who is literally the woman of his dreams. They drink together, dance together, and sleep together before he discovers that she's entangled in the mystery that he's assigned to solve. When he learns that the Russian mafia is following him, and that he's surrounded by vampires, he dodges a couple of assassination attempts and becomes the target in a frightening finale.

Is it any good?


Edgier than its predecessors, THE LIBRARIAN: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE runs smoothly on well traveled tracks. Only this time there is more drinking, drug use, sex, and blood. Flynn is still a likeable goof who's gaining self confidence in his role as the Librarian, and Judson (Bob Newhart) has some ancient secrets of his own. The love interest in this film, Simone, boasts a buxom figure and a strong appetite for love. But the partying and violence in the film are a bit heavy handed for the target age. Flynn's guide to New Orleans boasts that the town is all about "music, booze, food, and women," while calling Flynn's hangover a "badge of honor." There are frightening vampire, zombie, and devil images, which might leave a bad taste in the viewer's mouth. Fans of the series will enjoy this finale, though, as it takes the intellectual-adventure formula about as far as it can go.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the draw of vampires. What makes them attractive? Is the myth intriguing? Or is it how Hollywood has romanticized these bloodsuckers as being sexy and mysterious? Can Flynn trust Simone not to harm him? How do you know who to trust in real life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 7, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:February 24, 2009
Cast:Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Noah Wyle
Director:Jonathan Frakes
Studio:Sony Pictures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 11 years old February 23, 2013

Good Scary Movie

I love this movie but if you don't like vampires then you shouldn't watch it.
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Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written byClem Marchal August 19, 2016

An extraordinary movie with great role models and a lot of positive messages

I personally love vampire stories and I'm a huge fan of Stana Katic so I thought "Let's watch it !" and I knew that it was going to be good because any movie starring Stana Katic is good ( she always chooses to play characters with an interesting background story ) but honestly I wasn't prepared for what I saw. I mean, this movie is much more than awesome ! There is a little bit of flirting and kissing as well as the beginning of a love-making session ( no nudity included ) and the reasonable use of alcohol but since kids nowadays watch movies such as The Hunger Games or Friends with benefits before age 10 that shouldn't be something to worry about. There is a little bit of swearing here and there, but not more than usual. The person who wrote this review must've disliked the movie because while there are a lot of good things about it, she didn't mention any. For instance, Simone is a good role model because she is strong, fights for justice and what she believes to be right and protects those she loves, and despite being somewhat childish at times and a now-it-all kind of guy Flynn is a pleasant, strong and courageous man with a heart of gold who would do anything to please and protect those he loves. Charlene is a pleasant, kind woman who doesn't like spending too much money. Judson is really wise and of good advice. To me, the two most important messages of this movie are 1) fight for what you believe to be right as long as others don't get harmed in the process and 2) love with all of your heart, but don't be selfish by keeping with you someone who loves you but longs for freedom and relief.
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Great messages
Great role models