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The Village Barbershop

3.9 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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Art Leroldi is terminal. Terminally irritable, that is. A small-time Reno barber stuck in a rut of haircuts, hot dogs and horse books, he lives every day like a warmed-over version of the last. Hit with the unexpected death of his long-time business partner and last apparent friend, he is faced with losing the only thing in life that he has got left-his mans- man barbershop. To keep it, he ll be forced to hire the last person on earth he d ever want working there-a woman. More specifically, Gloria MacIntyre, a spitfire young lady who suddenly finds herself unable to take Art s no for an answer.
This poignant comedy tells the humorous, sweet story of a fading old man who has lost his way and a determined young woman looking to find hers.
Two unlikely people offered a second chance in one unlikely place- The Village Barbershop

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This is precisely the sort of movie people who no longer go to movies often complain 'they just don t make anymore.' The Village Barbershop is just as warm, humorous and ingratiating as it means to be, with solid work by all principal cast. --Variety

With outstanding outings from Ratzenberger and Cole, The Village Barbershop lathers up a poignant piece of first-time filmmaking --Moving Pictures Magazine

The Village Barbershop is a testament to under-appreciated star power; a wish for a world in which everybody knew John Ratzenberger s name. --The Warren Report

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Ratzenberger, Shelly Cole, George McRae, Cindy Pickett
  • Directors: Chris Ford
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MONTEREY VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001N2PRZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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My friends and I are usually very picky about movies, but we thought this small budget film was a king among the art house genre. The story line is cool but not too fishy. The neighbors, Brian and Erik, were a riot. Shelly Cole's character, Gloria, is a great addition to the film, a true sunshine daydream. If you would like a great Saturday night at home. Buy this film, call your closest friends and gather around for a barrel of laughs and a few tears...
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The Village Barbershop is a nice surprise. A heartwarming mix of loneliness with humor, this film takes place in old Reno. A barber who feels he has lost everything comes in contact with a young woman who has never had much of anything. She is full of spunk and determination, however, and eventually the barber gives in to her ideas for his dying barbershop. Hilarious scenes with the barber's college age renters next door. The unusual friendship that develops between the barber and the young woman brings each of them to better lives. The writer, director and producer, Chris Ford, has a winner with his first movie. See it!
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With all the huge blockbusters cranked out by the major studios filling the multiplexes each weekend with big budget action pictures - or duds which depend on blockbuster names - it's films like this little gem which only get exposure at small regional film festivals, and by word of mouth on DVD. Actually you have probably only found this listing and review if someone recommended it to you and I'm here to give just one more recommendation that you don't miss this film.

There are no big stars here - unless you were a huge fan of TV's "Cheers" and remember John Ratzenger as Cliff, the mailman. (I was not so I didn't have a character image of Ratzenger in my mind before viewing this film.) He is perfect for the role of the barber who is struggling to make a living in suburban Reno, Nevada. He is matched is his talent by Shelly Cole, as the young woman who made some made "life" decisions and now wants to get her life in order.

Writer Director Chris Cole is practically never mentioned in the publicity for this film but without him there would be no "Village Barbershop". Hos background was in commercials and this project is his first screenplay and film and yet you'd never know that. The script is tight and the film is the right length. His directorial skills shine on "little images" like the Chinese fortune cookie messages mounted around a mirror in one frame. (You'll remember that image days after viewing the film.)

I don't even want to discus the plot here because it will only distract from the surprises. This is a "small film" and is best enjoyed without too much advance plot hints.

The DVD comes with some bonus features - which are creative but short. One is a 2-minute history of the occupation of "barbering".
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i'm surprised more people haven't discovered this beautiful little movie. hopefully they will soon. so charming, so unpretentious, so authentic. even if you've never gotten a haircut, you will love it.
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The movie is wonderful. The DVD is pretty sparse when it comes to "extras." There really aren't any. No closed captioning option on the DVD itself; you'll have to rely on your television's closed captioning. Since it was an indie film, there wasn't a lot to spend on bells and whistles and we're lucky to even find the DVD to buy in the first place. It is a plus that the DVD is in wide screen and you can see a lot more details than catching it on cable. On the DVD you're able to see wider, longer shots - you'll also see more continuity errors.
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I was lucky enough to catch this at the Cinequest Film Festival last year. This is one of the sweetest independent films that I've seen. The characters are well drawn and stick with you long after the lights come up. John Ratzenberger shines in his sad and grumpy performance as Art and Shelly Cole is absolutely captivating in every scene that she's in. A warm and often humorous first time film from writer/director Chris Ford and I anxiously await what this storyteller has on deck for his next movie.
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This movie was a nice surprise and I disagree that it was predictable. I did not know what was going to happen next. This is a slow-paced movie about people having hard time, yet persevering, and creating new friendships. It reminds me of many French films about people and their relationships, in a slow-moving, and heart-felt story about quirky love. If that sounds good to you, you will love this movie.

When I first saw the main character was the guy from Cheers, I cringed. But he was perfect.
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I agree if the big boy studios could come up with quality films as this, more folks may go to the theater, and then buy the movie for home.

Great story line (so many may can relate) fantastic music, just wish they had cut a music cd and sold it, great acting, good scenes, overall a good use of my Sunday afternoon.

I will watch again, and have referred to my social media friends. Good job, give me more!!
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