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Validation (2007)

A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

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Kurt Kuenne

Writer:

Kurt Kuenne
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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Thyne ... Hugh Newman (as TJ Thyne)
Vicki Davis ... Victoria Donner
Dave Kuhr ... Depressed Man
Pam Cook ... Depressed Woman
Ron Oden Ron Oden ... Mall Cop
Manolo Travieso ... Head Suit
Michael Hatch ... Second Suit
Richard Beanan Richard Beanan ... Third Suit
Jackie Walters Jackie Walters ... Experienced Woman / Dental Assistant / Dental Receptionist / Line Waiter
Ralph Diner Ralph Diner ... Workout Man
Cameron Young Cameron Young ... Boss Man (as Cameron B. Young)
Jef McClure ... Bodyguard
Raymond Parker ... Bodyguard / Photo Subject
Shelby Lee Jenkins Shelby Lee Jenkins ... Dental Assistant / DMV Line Waiter
K.C. White ... Dental Assistant (as Carol White)
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A cheerful parking attendant considers it his job to do more than validate parking. He wants to validate the customers themselves, delivering compliments about their appearances and the inner qualities behind them. Everyone who comes up to him with a ticket walks away validated as a worthwhile human being. Soon, the parking attendant becomes so popular that people line up for validation. He appears on news broadcasts and even ends up validating George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. His life hits a roadblock when he goes to the DMV to get his driver's license photo taken and is met with a beautiful photographer whom he can't get to smile. Written by J. Spurlin

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A fable about the magic of free parking.

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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Hugh Newman: You paid for parking - for me?
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Everybody can learn a thing or two from this guy.
25 May 2008 | by GianopulosSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this gem at the Phoenix Film Festival and I have to say that there are probably less then 1% of all short films made have the ability to make the audience well up with tears of happiness. That is precisely what this film did to me. Not only that. Whenever I tell someone about it I get the sense of welling up again just from re-telling it to them.

T.J. Thyne is perfectly cast as Hugh Newman, the uber-naive parking booth guy who works at the end of a darkly lit hallway and validates customers parking tickets while validating their lives at the same time. Just like any protagonist in a movie, he hits his roadblock and loses his mojo for a while but soon finds himself again, after he finds life taking him in another direction and gets back on the trail of making people's lives better. He finds out in the end that the good deeds had been doing for people in the past, that he thought were not changing anything or anybody, actually changed the lives of even the most hardened hearts and in turn find him the complete happiness that he had been searching for the whole time.

Kurt Kuenne did an AMAZING job with this film, period. From the finger-snappy acapella soundtrack to the directing, editing and cinematography; all of it is perfectly fit into this beautiful story. I only wish I could buy this movie on DVD. I've told so many people about it and wish I could show them! Hopefully soon!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.33 : 1
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