• Dec 24, 2010
The Parking Lot Movie – Click above to watch video after the jump

The minimum-wage job is a rite of passage. If you've earned your stripes manning a deep fryer, selling women's shoes or digging ditches, you likely know that level of degradation and suffering that invariably provides a boundless well of inspiration and perspective for the rest of your employed life. A creative new independent film has attempted to capture the life and times of a group of parking lot attendees in Charlottesville, Virginia muddling through their own private low-rent job hell. Sound about as thrilling as watching paint dry? You'd be surprised.

Any job that forces workers to interact with various strata of humanity on a routine basis is bound to make for good story telling, and judging by the trailer and the host of clips that have been posted to YouTube, The Parking Lot Movie looks to be about as hilarious as can be. The attendees range from grad students to indie rockers and even "middle-aged slackers," and they all seem have their own take on the goings and comings of the world around the parking lot booth. Hit the jump to check out the trailer as well as a few clips.

[Source: The Parking Lot Movie]

The Parking Lot Movie Official Trailer from The Parking Lot Movie on Vimeo







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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, it's right behind the deli where I worked for three months. Jeebus, I was spaced out back then.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, Littlejohns third shift somewhere in the spring of '89. I could relate to the "captive audience" stories in the clips. We were the only place open 24-hours after the Hardee's went drive-thru only. Every kook between Richmond and DC must have passed through there and every one had a story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You worked at Littlejohns? Spent many a drunken night there while at school. Parked in that lot exactly once. I learned really fast where not to park :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can find it at these coordinates +38° 2' 7.21", -78° 30' 0.50" or 198 Minor Ct Ln
        Charlottesville, VA 22903 for all of us who live in or near Charlottesville. It is in walking distance from the University of Virginia Campus.

      • 4 Years Ago
      It reminds me of the movie "Clerks".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, John Beers and James McNew. I guess those guys had to have "real" jobs somewhere. I wish I knew where this parking lot was--when I lived in Charlottesville, I rode the bus. This is bringing back memories.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone needs to have a low-wage job at least once.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Amen, brother. Nothing humbles you more, no matter how successful you become later in life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the second video, the tow truck let the front wheels of a FWD car (Honda Accord) roll. Wouldn't that like break the gearbox or something?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I noticed that too. Alloy wheels tells me that it probably isn't a manual.

        Either somebody is paying for a new transmission, or they really had the keys, and the movie isn't as true as they'd like you to think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FYI - They don't care if they damage your car. They're not responsible for damage, at least that's what the sign says when you park on a property where your car may be towed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Could be a manual?

      • 4 Years Ago
      Do they form a union? lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Usage: Strata is sometimes wrongly used as a singular noun: this stratum (not strata) of society is often disregarded
      • 4 Years Ago
      "assistant directed by" oi vey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this movie at SXSW... Hilarious! You seriously need to watch it. I was skeptical at first, but I have been telling everyone about it since!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would love to play this on my new PS3, I've herd that people die for these kinds of people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Attendees? Don't you mean Attendants?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now wouldn't it make sense to leave all this negativity behind us rather than having all these people picking up on this. People like to remember things and they tend to remember the positive things!
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