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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

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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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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Great work and useful
4 March 2016 | by eteacher-74415See all my reviews

I have read nearly all what the former reviewers said. I agree with much of it. What can I add?

First, I'd like to say that there is a lot of symbolism in this movie. The producer meant every thing he did in it. Nothing is done randomly. For example the choice of black and white (no colours) states clearly that our lives can shift within these two colours Black (sadness) and white (smile-happiness). They have to exist together. they fight each other. We are the ones to choose which side to take. This is the old philosophical debate of good and evil.

Second, I think that the movie tells us that what ever our social class, our financial situation or where ever we are we can either influence others positively or negatively. We have seen the cheerful park attendant turn many sad people into happy one, from simple citizens to countries'presidents and also the opposite: we have seen the same person turn the same people from happiness to sadness because that is what he was living at that moment.H just communicated it. So Every one counts in this world.

Thirdly, He made happy many people but he didn't succeed to make the photographer smile. What ever he did. However, she smiled at him at the end and he didn't even know how she did it. This episode teaches us no to give up but continue our fight because thing change in a way or in an other.

To conclude, as I am a teacher of English language, I will try to use this video in classroom, and I hope it will bring a lot of my student to this web site and post their reviews.


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