Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Innkeepers (2011)

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innkeepers (2)The Yankee Pedlar Inn, after over a century of operation, is closing its doors. During the inn’s last weekend, the manager has escaped to Florida, leaving a skeleton crew to serve the handful of guests who remain. The last two employees, Claire and Luke, take this opportunity to indulge their hobby, ghost-hunting, and the Inn has many ghosts. Unfortunately, for the feckless ghost hunters, the guests prove to be tiresome, and the ghosts prove to be dangerous.

For me, the best part of this movie was its protagonist, Claire. She was beautifully characterized and acted. She is immature, bull-headed, enthusiastic, and empathetic all at once. Trapped in a horrible cycle of a young adult, she is in a constant state of mild panic over her future, so she tries to distract herself. Claire’s only joy comes from learning the rules of the ghost hunt. It gave me genuine pleasure to watch her discover her natural talent for investigation, and to pursue her dream of becoming a paranormal investigator with every ounce the gusto she has to offer.

Overall, this film is one part Horror Movie, one part Coming-of-age Comedy, and one part Greek Tragedy.

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