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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

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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Taglines:

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

Production Co:

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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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Fabulous Way to Spend 16+ Minutes!
4 January 2009 | by petyankSee all my reviews

I've lost count of how many times I've been grateful for YouTube. Today a friend sent me the link to this short and within seconds I knew it was special.

Validation is truly a gem.

There are so many superlatives I could use about Kurt Kuenne's short. The acting, direction, writing, etc., are all superb. But what really stands out is the movie's heart and simplicity. The story (a parable, really) is subtle, uplifting, inspirational--it even surprised me. And after 50+ years of movie watching, I don't surprise easily. This is not your typical Hollywood movie. It has a French feel to it; in fact, it reminded me a bit of Amelie. It is uniquely American, though. I can't wait to see more of Kuenne's work.

It's rare that I get a link I can forward to everyone on my email list. You'll see what I mean. Don't miss this one--and pass it along!

(It's an hour since I saw it and I'm still smiling!)


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