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An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.

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A well-known actor, who hasn't accepted a role in four years, is considering a project. The cousin of the director drives him to Archie's Ranch Market, in Carson, and drops him off to do a little research. He's fascinated by one of the checkers, Scarlet, a young woman from Spain with a preternatural ability to ring up items at the cash register. She hates her job, stuck at the 10 items or less lane. The actor chats her up, and when her shift ends, he asks for a ride. In the course of the afternoon, he helps her prepare for a job interview. She needs to have confidence, he needs to commit. Human contact, however brief, can change people. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$35,929 (USA) (1 December 2006)

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$81,416 (USA) (15 December 2006)
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At a press appearance before a screening at The Paramount Thearer in Charlottesville, Virginia, to WMRA radio's Terry Ward, Morgan Freeman said that this film fit right in with his own personal hope to shed his image as someone usually so heavy with gravitas. See more »

Goofs

Impossible time line. After working eight-hour-shift at grocery store that ends in mid-afternoon (store opens at 7 a.m., meaning she gets off at 3 or 4 p.m.), Scarlet claims she must rush to job interview at construction site that supposedly would close at 5 or 6 p.m. But before going to interview she somehow still finds time to have fight with ex-husband and smash his girlfriend's car in a trailer park, go on shopping spree at Target, have car washed, go to fast food restaurant and have long philosophical discussion with another character - and still make an appointment a mere two hours later. See more »

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Him: Sorry, what was your name again?
Packy: Packy.
Him: Packy?
Packy: Yeah.
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Las Perlitas
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Lightweight, but delightful
4 December 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This movie is a little ray of sunshine in a dark season. It celebrates a quality best described as plain old friendliness. Morgan Freeman plays a character very like Freeman himself--a successful actor pushing 70. He has traveled to a small, rather grimy grocery store intending to research a part he might play, as a manager of such a place. He soon beguiles the staff and the customers, especially the lovely, if cranky, young woman (Paz Vega) who presides over the "10 items or less" checkout lane.

10 Items Or Less doesn't have a big statement to make and doesn't pretend that it does. It follows Freeman and Vega as they become friendly, and as the older man offers his counsel, in exchange for a ride home--the movie-company gofer who is supposed to pick him up never shows and Freeman has forgotten his own phone number so he can't call for help. I had a little case of the blues on a gray Sunday afternoon in New York City and this flick cured what ailed me.


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