Saturday, January 31, 2009

Jason plugs the DVD release of The Village Barbershop

I saw this movie back in Cinequest last year, and since director Chris Ford was kind enough  to let me know it's getting a small theatrical run and a DVD release (March  3rd), I should revisit it.  Here's what I wrote at the time:
The title and setting is a quiet barbershop in Reno, where Art Leroldi (John Ratzenberger, exuding stoic dignity with flashes of brilliant sarcastic wit) has cut hair for decades with his partner Enzo. He's already a widower who hasn't gotten over the loss of his wife to breast cancer, now Enzo dies, and he's left to run the struggling barbershop on his own (while Big Mart is buying up properties all over town). He never knew how to do the books, and his new landlord (son-in-law of the old kind landlord) is a real prick. And besides, even if he knew how to do the books, he still drinks and gambles all his money away at the track. He basically needs a miracle. Equally in need of a miracle is Gloria (Shelly Cole), who has just found out she's pregnant and her boyfriend is leaving her for a new woman (and demands his trailer back). She's a licensed cosmetologist. Only problem is, Art has never hired a female barber. In fact, he's never even cut a woman's hair. But, she does know how to do the books, and in a fit of desperation, he finds out she's just what the barbershop needs. And so begins a funny, sweet path to recovery.
Yeah, I'll stand by that review.  And if you want a heartwarming, character-based story, this one's pretty good.

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