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10 Items or Less (2006)

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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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Brad Silberling

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Brad Silberling
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Freeman ... Him
Paz Vega ... Scarlet
Jonah Hill ... Packy
Anne Dudek ... Lorraine
Francisca Hernandez Francisca Hernandez ... Market Wife / Market Gossip #1
Nacho Pina Nacho Pina ... Market Husband
Hector Running-Hawk Hector Running-Hawk ... Squeezing Customer
Alexis Hernandez Alexis Hernandez ... Cowed Customer
Silvia Curiel ... Shocked Customer
Shawn Calizo Shawn Calizo ... Scared Customer
Kumar Pallana ... Lee
Rosa Diaz Rosa Diaz ... Market Gossip #2
Hector Atreyu Ruiz ... Gangbanger in Lowrider
Bobby Cannavale ... Bobby
Leonardo Nam ... 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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You Are Who You Meet See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 February 2007 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

10 stvari ili manje See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The short documentary about the making of this movie revealed that actress Paz Vega doesn't act that she doesn't speak English very well. Before shooting this picture her English skills were even worse than those portrayed in the movie. Some times she had to resort to phonetically copying the English words from the script. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene Icee and coffee cups appear and disappear in the drink caddy. 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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Crazy Credits

The credits are interrupted for several brief character study scenes involving several locations from the film. See more »

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References The In Crowd (1988) See more »

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High Scores for Honesty and Simplicity in a Meaningful Dialogue
29 April 2007 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

10 ITEMS OR LESS was made in two weeks on a shoestring budget by writer/director Brad Silberling, just a little film shot in Carson, CA that feels like the entire story was improvised...in the best sense of the word. Silberling had the good fortune to pair veteran actor Morgan Freeman, in between his big projects, with Spanish actress Paz Vega, and the result is a dialogue between two people from different vantages who manage to enhance the life of the other.

Morgan Freeman plays himself - yet part of the comedy is that he is depicted as an actor who has been out of work for four years, scouting a location for a little 'filler film' to get back into the flow of things. His 'role' is to be that of a market manager and he is dropped off at seedy market in Carson where he encounters, among others, one Scarlet, the girl at the argumentative 10 Items or Less checkout line. Not only is Scarlet tired of her static job, she is also generally angry about her philandering husband (Bobby Cannavale), currently sleeping with Scarlet's lazy co-worker (Anne Dudek), and her lack of ability to get a decent job elsewhere. The two pair after a few shared problems and off they go on a 'road trip' that results in each of the characters growing from the presence and life story of the other.

It is a simple story, simply told, but because of the tender bonding between Freeman and Paz it works very well. This is one of those little films about human relationships where being vulnerable to change and exchange is the message. It is well worth viewing, and this is a DVD that has featurettes that are touching, informative, and comic - a pleasure to view. Grady Harp


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