VOD film review: The Parking Lot Movie
Chris Keane | On 04, Oct 2013
Director: Meghan Eckman
Cast: Patrick Baran, John Beers, John Bylander
Watch The Parking Lot Movie online in the UK: Amazon Prime
Car parks and movies are usually combined with a drug deal, or some kind of tip off from a shadowy character. This 2010 documentary deviates far from that stereotype.
The Parking Lot Movie lets the viewer delve into the lives of current and former parking lot attendants at The Corner Parking Lot in Charlottesville, Virginia. It’s a bunch of blokes sharing tales, varying from their own self-discovery to venting their frustration about the “dicks” who drive their father’s $50,000 4×4, but won’t pay a $2 fee to park. That description doesn’t really leave much to the imagination, but trust us: it’s brilliant.
If you have ever worked in a retail job, or some kind of public service, you’ll relate to these characters. You’ll be face-palming, laughing and furthering your low opinion of society and drunken college kids. An awesome insight into the battle against humanity? The employees talk about the close bond developed between car park and attendant, and explain how working there has at times left them feeling like some kind of god – usually this means it is time to move on. Because as the Corner Parking Lot owner Chris points out on a number of occasions, it is just a parking lot.
The Parking Lot Movie is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a Prime membership or a £5.99 monthly subscription.