The Village Barbershop
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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's faced with losing the only thing in life he's got left - his "man's 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 4
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 6.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The only reason to see this modest indie drama is an affecting performance by John Ratzenberger.
A Somewhat Biased Five Star Review
Hey. Thanks for checking out my film here on iTunes. I don’t know if it’s bad form for a director to support his film in this venue, but I’m incredibly proud of the performances by it’s two leads – John Ratzenberger (Cheers) and Shelly Cole (The Gilmore Girls.) I’m also proud of the many really nice, albeit hard to find, reviews it’s received, so in an effort to make them more accessible, and possibly sway your consideration, I thought I’d post some excerpts here. Onwards. - cf From Ken Harvey's Review in Daily Variety: Co-winner of the feature-narrative audience award at Cinequest, "Barbershop" is indeed a crowdpleaser, if the kind (no marquee stars, skewing toward older auds) that seldom finds a place in the theatrical marketplace these days - which is too bad, since this is precisely the sort of movie people who no longer go to movies often complain "they just don't make anymore." From Chale Nafus' Review on Film Threat: Art Leroldi is masterfully played by veteran film/TV actor John Ratzenberger, perhaps best known as ‘Cliff Clavin’ in 268 episodes of "Cheers." Shelly Cole, much younger but quite experienced in television shows, such as "The Gilmore Girls," plays Gloria MacIntyre. The two actors magnificently embody their characters and give the film all its charm. From Elliot Kotek's Review in Moving Pictures Magazine: The Village Barbershop is the debut feature from the mind of a man who owns up to owning 67 pairs of sneakers and is, otherwise, an advertising creative-type at Goodby, Silverstein in San Francisco. Deftly transitioning to long-form storytelling, writer/director Chris Ford's decade-long gestation on a script set in Reno (though filmed predominantly, and somehow effectively, in Napa) has paid dividends, birthing a character-driven comedy with a solid sensitivity appropriate for a film whose main character is an old-school barber with an old-school name (Art). With outstanding outings from Ratzenberger and Cole, The Village Barbershop lathers up a poignant piece of first-time filmmaking. From Johnathan Hickman's review on Einsiders - A warm, humble surprise. “The Village Barbershop” works because of its tight focus on two characters and their mundane troubles. It’s a small story told in a classic style with a lot of heart. And I was taken with it. If you end up watching, and enjoy it, please post a review somewhere and help spread the word - as I mentioned above, this is a genuinely independent film made on a shoe string, the kind of film that takes a small village of dedicated people to produce and get out, including a fantastic Bay Area crew, Bay Area ensemble cast – shout outs to George McCrae, Bob Saenz and Daron Jennings – as well as an amazing soundtrack filled with songs by Bay Area artist Brittany Shane, who has much of her work available right here on iTunes.
File under "Don't make 'em like this anymore"
HOw did this movie never get a wide theatrical. Sweet, funny and real!
Life as we know it
The only thing wrong with this movie is how freaking small the credits are at the end, are you kidding me? There is no way to find out the music to search on itunes. If anyone can tell me the tracks of this cool real life movie please email me with the tunes title and singer. PLEASE HELP !!!! What a great surprise. This is how life is ups and downs and in between. I just caught this great movie on the movie channel. I just put it on to catch cliff clavin, what a performance. No fluff fluff just the way it is.
Chris ford or whoever else knows is there a soundtrack or music from your awesome movie on iTunes? The music gets 5 stars too.
I'm so sick of lala land movies this one strikes perfectly.
I need to find the music, sounds like Sheryl crow.
Anyone help me out?
Shelly Cole is awesome and purr-tee.
Hey chris ford you really have 67 pairs of sneaks??