10 Items or Less

January 1st, 2007


10 Items or Less

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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.7/10 (8,653 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Brad Silberling

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill

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.

Morgan Freeman - Him
Paz Vega - Scarlet
Jonah Hill - Packy
Anne Dudek - Lorraine
Francisca Hernandez - Market Wife / Market Gossip #1
Nacho Pina - Market Husband
Hector Running-Hawk - Squeezing Customer
Alexis Hernandez - Cowed Customer
Silvia Curiel - Shocked Customer
Shawn Calizo - Scared Customer
Kumar Pallana - Lee
Rosa Diaz - Market Gossip #2
Hector Atreyu Ruiz - Gang Banger in Lowrider
Bobby Cannavale - Bobby
Leonardo Nam - Kid at Target

Taglines: You Are Who You Meet

Release Date: January 2007

Filming Locations: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $35,929 (USA) (3 December 2006) (15 Screens)

Gross: $81,416 (USA) (17 December 2006)

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Did You Know?

This was the first film in motion picture history that was legally available on the Internet while the film was still in theaters.

Revealing mistakes: In the opening scene in the van, as they are driving , the shifter is in park the entire time.

[first lines]
Him: Sorry, what was your name again?
Packy: Packy.
Him: Packy?
Packy: Yeah.
Him: Are we lost, Packy?

User Review

Very human road story

Rating: 10/10

Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega are the mismatched pair who get in the car and go about doing errands according to the need of one or the other. Morgan Freeman is superbly human, relating with one and all, while Paz Vega is the edgy cashier behind the "10 Items or Less" check out line, intimidating customers and bored out of her mind. Together they explore, discover, and learn from each other. To do that of course they must be vulnerable, interested in change, and have a sense of humour, all of which they both have. I wish this film was realistic, I wish this type of story happened more often, I wish we didn't have to go to the movies to realize that we can indeed connect with each other even if we come from vastly different backgrounds. The film's message is based in the open heart, and makes us wonder about the possibility of another world where we meet each other from there - a world where peace could be a possibility.


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