A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie has some fun moments that will appeal to kids (especially those into the Indiana Jones movies), although it may be too talky for some. There is some PG-level profanity, violence involving guns, and a rather condescending portrayal of native people.
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What's the story?
Following in the footsteps of adventure movies that marry intellectual pursuit and adventure (the Indiana Jones and National Treasure movies come to mind,) THE LIBRARIAN attempts to make a hero out of Flynn Carsen (played by Noah Wyle of E.R..) Flynn is a classic nerd. He lives with his mother (Olympia Dukakis), has 22 college degrees, speaks many languages, and has never had a girlfriend. When he's invited to apply for the position of Librarian at the Metropolitan Library, he proves that he has the intellectual acumen to do the job. What he doesn't realize is that his job is going to change his life. In fact, when the Spear of Destiny is stolen from the library, he is charged with recovering the missing pieces, and saving the entire world from unspeakable evil.
Is it any good?
Though Flynn Carsen is a loveable nerd and unlikely hero, his protectors at the Metropolitan Library (played by Bob Newhart and Jane Curtain) have complete faith in him. As he bungles through the jungle, and traipses across the world to save the Spear of Destiny from falling into the hands of the evil former librarian Edward (played by Kyle Mac Laughlin), he falls in love with his bodyguard Nicole (Sonya Walger.) Those viewers who have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark, will recognize similar scenes and eerily comparable musical score. But there is none of that movie's subtlety in this made-for-television facsimile. Some of the historical facts seem muddled, and most of the special effects are unbelievable. But kids will likely enjoy the driving pace of the adventure, though the lengthy getting-to-know-you conversations between Flynn and Nicole might be a drag to younger viewers. To its credit, this movie gives libraries and the people who keep them running their moment in the sun.
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