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The Parking Lot Movie (2010)

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The Parking Lot Movie is a documentary about a singular parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia and the select group of Parking Lot Attendants that inhabit its microcosm. The Attendants are a uniquely varied group of men comprised of both undergraduate and graduate students, philosophers, intellectuals, musicians, artists, and marginal-type characters. Three years in the making, this documentary is a strange rite of passage for all involved. Themes receiving daily scrutiny and detailing include cars and license plates, capitalism, anger, justice, drunkenness, spiritual awareness, class struggle, entitlement, and working in the Service Sector. These all mesh together in the orbit of the Parking Lot Attendant. For these Parking Attendants, the intersection between the status quo and the quest for freedom becomes the challenge. Something as simple as a parking lot becomes an emotional way station for The American Dream. As one Attendant interestingly puts it, "We had it all in a world that had nothing to offer us." -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Parking Lot Movie

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Unfortunately, pic's concept doesn't stretch to 74 minutes.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Variety
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Their sense of superiority toward the petty SUV drivers and rude midlife-crisisers who frequent the lot is matched by introspective considerations of traditional social contracts.

Full Review… | August 3, 2010
Village Voice
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while The Parking Lot Movie may seem modest in focus, in addressing precisely the intersection of space and money it finds many hilariously incisive verities about American society - whether driving through or stuck in idle.

Full Review… | October 16, 2010
Eye for Film

An uplifting, high energy doc about an independent parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia, this film has what so many films reach towards and miss: character.

August 6, 2010
Boxoffice Magazine

Refreshingly original, spirited and provocative. Get ready for a surprisingly enlightening and amusing experience.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

What's missing from the film is a real feel-the quiet moments of daily conduct-for the parking lot itself and its inhabitants.

Full Review… | August 3, 2010
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Parking Lot Movie

½

A very interesting very independent doc that might not sound good at a glance. What happens when you have a group of highly educated intelligent grad students at a menial job with lots of down time. They spend there time inventing games and coming up with clever parking lot related jokes. I guess i related to these guys a lot.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

Highly recommended. Humanity truly reveals itself in a parking lot. People are dicks. 2011 Movies: 20

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner

A surprisingly remarkable documentary about the observations and philosophies surrounding the employees of a pay parking lot. A bare bones social study of human behavior towards certain professions, those of the parking lot and those who pay for parking. From drunk frat dudes vandalizing property, to people driving luxury vehicles arguing over paying 50 cents. People who get treated like shit at work will eventually take it out on whom they see as inferior, such as parking attendants. An "Us vs. Them" logic given on one account after another by college dropouts, struggling musicians, and philosophers with a "why bother" attitude towards any type of career. Well done. Photobucket

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