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10 Items or Less (2006)

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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Him
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Lorraine
Francisca Hernandez ...
Market Wife / Market Gossip #1
Nacho Pina ...
Market Husband
Hector Running-Hawk ...
Squeezing Customer
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Cowed Customer
Silvia Curiel ...
Shocked Customer
Shawn Calizo ...
Scared Customer
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Lee
Rosa Diaz ...
Market Gossip #2
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Gangbanger in Lowrider
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Bobby
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Kid at Target
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Storyline

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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Sometimes in Life You Have to Change Lanes. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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8 February 2007 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

10 stvari ili manje  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,929, 3 December 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,416, 17 December 2006
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Morgan Freeman's character is referred to as having starred in a film with Ashley Judd. Freeman starred with Judd in Kiss the Girls (1997) and High Crimes (2002). See more »

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As "Him" is walking through the store, after the mop demonstration, he does not have a mop. But when they are outside walking to the car, he has one. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Him: Sorry, what was your name again?
Packy: Packy.
Him: Packy?
Packy: Yeah.
Him: Are we lost, Packy?
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"The producers regret that not one dime of product placement money was received in the making of this motion picture." See more »

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References Disciple of Death (1972) See more »

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Duncan
Written and Performed by Paul Simon
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain
Courtesy Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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sweet! no really!
4 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Full disclosure: I'm a cynic. I like my endings sad and my hankies dry. I didn't cry when Bambi's mother was shot. Will Smith's new film Happiness looks like a desperate plea for an Oscar. Basically I was born without an artistic soul.

So why on earth did I like "10 Items or Less?" Maybe it was the double espresso I downed before the show. Or (more likely) maybe it was that even the most hardboiled of movie fans could use an occasional shot of sweetness.

And sweet it is. From the moment "Him" meets "Scarlet" (an event far from a Nora Ephron "meet cute") the view is taken on an intimate journey with two strangers learning to care about where their lives are headed. (Aided beautifully by Phedon Papamichael's cinema verity style camera work.)

The main argument about the film is that it's too far fetched. Is the film far fetched? I don't know. You tell me. I've yet to meet Adrian Brody at the market. (However, not for lack of trying). Do I enjoy considering the adventures that might occur should this momentous event take place? Darn straight I do . . .that's where most reviews of "10 Items or Less" fall short . . .they fail to take into account that even we cynics have fantasies. And heck, sometimes, it's worth the price of admission to vicariously live them, 82 minutes at a time.


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