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The Village Barbershop (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  29 February 2008 (USA)
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A fading smalltime barber is forced to hire the last person on earth he'd want working in his shop - a woman.

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Art Leroldi is widowed and fading - a small time Reno barber stuck in a rut of haircuts and horse-books. When he loses his cutting partner of twenty years, he's faced with closing Reno's last man's man barbershop or hiring the last person on earth he'd ever want working there - a woman. More specifically, Gloria MacIntyre, a broke, spit-fire young woman suddenly unable to take no for answer. This is the story two unlikely people, who meet in one unlikely place - The Village Barbershop. Written by Chris Ford

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Rated R for language, some sexual content, nudity and drug material

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29 February 2008 (USA)  »

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$458 (USA) (6 February 2009)

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$2,359 (USA) (10 April 2009)
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In the beginning when Art walks up to the neighbor's front porch, there is no beer can lying on the lawn on the right side of the sidewalk; but there is a metal trash can, a soccer ball, blue couch and a white plastic chair. When he walks back down the steps, there is now a beer can lying on on the lawn, and the trash can, blue couch, soccer ball, and white chair have shifted to different locations on the lawn. He then drops and breaks his blue coffee mug and it lands near the beer can. When Sprow comes outside, the beer can is visible on the right side of the walk, but the broken coffee mug has disappeared. See more »

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Brilliant cinematography is let down by an insufferable screenplay.
20 March 2009 | by (Bangkok, Thailand) – See all my reviews

Firstly full marks to the art director, camera man & camera crew, as this movie's production and art direction, given the subject matter, are unbelievably brilliant. Also of note is the movie's tasteful soundtrack; and its acting wasn't bad at all.

The main problem with this movie is its screenplay. It sucked. In other words, all the other first class elements of this movie are totally let down by its screenplay and story. In fact, were it not for its most brilliant filming, the movie would scarcely be watchable. The movie's leads have such dire scripts and disengaging characters that it doesn't take long before the viewer is utterly disinterested in what will happen next.

Thus the man who owns the eponymous barbershop is so devoid of anything equating to charm or basic manners that it's hard to swallow the fact that even one other character in the movie would want to have anything to do with him. For his job is supposedly in the service industry and yet I'm reasonably sure there are grave yard attendants who have more soul, charm and warmth. That would be fine, albeit, if the chief barber were at least given an interesting story for us to chew on while we, the viewers, plunder on, watching a man who is described half way through the movie as "a barker not a biter".

Alas, those behind this movie clearly bit off far more than they could chew in developing a movie based on such an unlikeable and disengaging character.

Screenplay 4/10. Filming & art direction 9/10. Soundtrack and music 8/10.


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