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The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Adventures of nerdy hero find a fun, if rough, groove.

Movie NR 2006 93 minutes
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More fluid and entertaining than the first Librarian effort, Quest for the Spear, this installment features more developed characters and more believable location shots. Though the violence is a tad excessive considering the target age, there is more intrigue in this film than the last.

Moreover, Flynn's female foil, Emily, is as intelligent, bright, and witty as he is. Their banter is amusing in the tradition of Hans Solo and Princess Leia -- they irritate each other as they vie for dominance in the relationship. This is important to the series, as Flynn is the ultimate know-it-all, who has finally met his match. Jonathon Frakes (of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame) directs the film with a light touch. It doesn't try so hard to be another Raiders of the Lost Ark, though some scenes in the bowels of the mines will no doubt ring some bells. Finally, Flynn has found his groove, and the humble caretakers of the written word are once more exalted.

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