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Validation (2007)

 -  Short | Comedy | Romance  -  1 March 2007 (USA)
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A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers REAL validation -- dispensing both free parking and free compliments.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hugh Newman (as TJ Thyne)
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Victoria Donner
Dave Kuhr ...
Depressed Man
Pam Cook ...
Depressed Woman
Ron Oden ...
Mall Cop
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Head Suit
Michael Hatch ...
Second Suit
Richard Beanan ...
Third Suit
Jackie Walters ...
Experienced Woman / Dental Assistant / Dental Receptionist / Line Waiter
Ralph Diner ...
Workout Man
Cameron Young ...
Boss Man (as Cameron B. Young)
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Bodyguard
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Bodyguard / Photo Subject
Shelby Lee Jenkins ...
Dental Assistant / DMV Line Waiter
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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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Hugh Newman: You paid for parking - for me?
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Life is Beautiful and Smileful :-)
24 March 2012 | by (Bangalore, India) – See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful short movies I've seen. How a smile lights up the world is portrayed here in just 15 mins. I just enjoyed T J Thyne's acting. And who wouldn't love to get themselves validated by such characters in real life too? Although initially, you would think that the person is a psycho, hehe...

Didn't mind the black & white camera-work throughout, it's done very well, Of course the direction is impressive too. Maybe I noticed some minor flaws in performances of the other actors but that's not a deal at all.

The ending scenes almost wet my eyes when he realises why Victoria(good show by Vicki Davis) finally smiles at him. And this is why I believe that the good you do somehow, one day or the other, comes back & showers on you bountifully.


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