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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 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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A thin joke becomes a splashy (if low budget) black-and-white musical extravaganza
8 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

As with "Rent-a-Person" (2004), writer-director Kurt Kuenne takes a thin joke and blows it up into a splashy (if low budget) black-and-white musical extravaganza. In fact, the man with the camera who makes a brief appearance in the earlier film, returns as the main character in this one, which we don't realize until we see the scene in which the two movies intersect.

This one is less extravagant, but I liked it a bit better - possibly because the toilet humor is gone.


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