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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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Kurt Kuenne

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Kurt Kuenne
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
T.J. Thyne ... Hugh Newman (as TJ Thyne)
Vicki Davis ... Victoria Donner
Dave Kuhr 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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Validação See more »

Company Credits

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Theatre Junkies See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Hugh Newman: You paid for parking - for me?
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Happiest Movie Ever
23 April 2009 | by Oblivious93See all my reviews

Movies today seem to have difficulty making something happy. No matter how hard they try, it almost always comes off as being fake. This is where Validation comes in. A short film directed by Kurt Kuenne that oozes joy. And not the fake kind. By the end of this 17 minute film I was beaming. I was so happy that I immediately watched it a second time just to make sure I wasn't imagining it. I wasn't. Then I began showing it to every single person I could, and each one of them was smiling at the end. In fact, I have yet to see one single person who did not care for this movie, or did not feel great at the end of it.

The plot it simple, a man gives out free validation. Yes, the car kind. But he also throws in a bit of the other validation, and brightens the day of everyone he meets. Except as he is going out to get his drivers license renewed, he sees a girl and instantly falls in love. The only problem? She doesn't smile. I won't delve any deeper into the plot, but rest assured, it ends well.

The movie is filmed in black and white for no other reason than that it looks good. And after seeing the whole thing, you really couldn't imagine it in color. The music, to put it simply, is genius. An upbeat Gospel tune rings out throughout almost the entire movie, and every time I hear it I want to dance. The actors of course do a great job, overacted yes, but it's clearly on purpose.

Validation is a movie I believe everyone should see. It's funny, charming, and at the end of it all, a piece of joy. Look it up and watch it. I can guarantee you'll be glad you did.


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