Revisiting favorites | Mandy the Mormon librarian, Aug. 26, 2015

Continuing along my “Summer of Nostalgia” blog tour and revisiting past favorites on this blog… there are only two more posts (this and next week’s post) before my 5th blog anniversary and giveaway! Let’s get to it!

Next up is a post from August 2015, “You, Me, Dupree, and the Naughty Librarian,” in which I go into how the 2006 “comedy,” You, Me, and Dupree, both does and does not include a reel librarian.

I’ll pause if you’d like to skim or browse the original post… 🙂

Reel Librarians | Screenshot from 'You, Me, Dupree, and the Naughty Librarian" post

Why this post?

This post stands out to me because both the film and the reel librarian character are such oddities. The film is an odd mixture of comedy and trauma, and “Mandy the Mormon librarian” is a character who affects a lot of people and plot points and yet is never fully seen onscreen.

Although I did NOT laugh out loud watching the film (it’s seriously unfunny for a so-called “comedy,” and I’m personally not a big fan of the “everything goes so wrong that it’s funny” kind of movies), I DID laugh out loud rereading my post.

Dupree then runs out of the house with a pillow covering his private parts and thanks Molly “for the best night of my life” while Mandy, left alone in the house with all those open candle flames, sets the house on fire. Yes, that’s right. The Mormon librarian sets the house on fire.

That sure is some flammable symbolism, y’all.

New thoughts?

I still agree with my final summation of the film and the “Naughty Librarian” character type of Mandy the Mormon librarian:

So while this reel librarian portrayal is disappointing, to say the least — and equal-opportunity offensive to librarians, school teachers, Mormons, and Audrey Hepburn — it does serve up some interesting twists to the Naughty Librarian character type. Not enough for me to recommend the film — but that’s why I watch and analyze these reel librarian movies films, so you don’t necessarily have to. You’re welcome.

That got me thinking about how often I play off that sentiment or phrase, that I watch bad reel librarian films so you don’t have to. And how there’s a personal juxtaposition to be found there, because so often, the really bad movies can be the most fun to write about! Not to watch, mind you, and sometimes not even fun to analyze (read my post about 1937’s Navy Blues, and you’ll see what I mean), but more often than not, fun — and perhaps even a little satisfying — to write about.

I guess I just like gettin’ my snark on. 😉


I’ll be back next week to revisit one final Reel Librarians favorite… and then we get to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary and GIVEAWAY!

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2 comments on “Revisiting favorites | Mandy the Mormon librarian, Aug. 26, 2015

  1. popegrutch says:

    Thia was one of my favorite of your posts, also. It honestly made me curious to see the film – though it also warns me away from it. So far, I haven’t let curiosity win out.

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