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10 Items Or Less [DVD] Morgan Freeman; Paz Vega

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Unknown
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NA2TV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,893 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Knowing When To End It Is Important June 23, 2007
Knowing when to end a movie is just as important as casting, directing and acting. And it's nice to see when a director/script get it right. Clocking in at just 82 minutes, 10 ITEMS OR LESS doesn't stretch the story, trying to grasp at inane topics. It stays focused, being funny, sad, and well thought out.

Morgan Freeman (Lucky Number Slevin) stars as "Him", an aging actor grasping at any roles presented to him. We're introduced to "Him" as he travels to a supermarket in an out-of-the-way section of town by The Kid (Jonah Hill, Click). Realizing he has a star in his car, The Kid pressures Him to talk about his absence in cinema over the past few years. Him isn't very forthcoming because, not only has he been out of it for while, he's also en route to a shooting location of an indie film he might act in ("I haven't decided if I'm going to accept the part."). The Kid is a relative of the director involved in this indie venture and soon drops him in the middle of nowheresville. Stuck, Him decides to check out the local market. He immediately runs into the beautiful Scarlet (Paz Vega, Spanglish) who operates the 10 items or less register. Not just strikingly pretty but intelligent, Him begins using her as his prime research subject for his upcoming independent film role. He learns how she figures out numbers so quickly and why she knows the quirks of every member of this isolated community.

But Him doesn't just use Scarlet, he helps her so he can see deeper into her life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting back your life April 2, 2008
He's (Morgan Freeman) not making a commitment, he's just doing research. He's a known actor, who's made a film with Ashley Judd, but hasn't been in a film in four years. The indie film company drops him off in a market where he meets Scarlet.

Scarlet (Vega) is the 10 items or less aisle checker. She's running the market while the manager and his new girlfriend (Scarlet is his ex) are messing around.

When Freeman's ride home doesn't show up, Scarlet takes him home on her way to a job interview. In helping to fix her up, Freeman regains his own confidence.

"10 Items" is an interesting character driven film, which Freeman and Vega can mostly carry. I found myself noting a bit too much product placement in this vehicle, but it's still an endearing tale of two very unalike people who are able to help each other.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply enjoy May 2, 2007
If you want to laugh, think hard, grin and maybe look at life differently, enjoy this film. You can't help but thoroughly be engrossed in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the best things come in small packages May 14, 2007
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This movie proves you don't always have to spend millions of dollars and 6 months to a year to churn out the world's greatest epic. In the case of 10 Items or Less the movie was filmed in 15 days. The locations were Carson and Brentwood, CA. And a good deal of the story takes place in Archie's Ranch Market, Target, and a car wash. And this is one of the best films to come along - well - in a long time!

Morgan Freeman portrays a nameless (but very recognizable) actor who hasn't worked in four years. He's considering a part, as a store manager, for an independent film. Feeling the need to research this part before committing to the role, Freeman's character is dropped off at a Carson grocery market. And this is where he meets the "10 Items or Less" checkout girl, Scarlet Morales, played by the incomparable Paz Vega. They wind up spending a serendipitous day together. Their lives couldn't be more different, but they share a congruity. Both are somewhat trapped by their own intertia. The actor hasn't stepped beyond Brentwood in a long while and Scarlet hasn't stepped out of Carson.

Freeman's character is stranded with no cash - just a Diner's Club card (Thank you, Diner's Club). He can't remember his own phone number. Scarlet is the sharp, practical and pragmatic one and once she retrieves her Gremlin from estranged husband/store manager, they are in business.

What makes this movie amazing is the bond that forms between the actor and Scarlet. She has an job interview scheduled later that day. The actor puts his desire to get home on hold to help Scarlet prepare for the "audition."

It's worth the price of admission when you come to the scene in Target.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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 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, April 07
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2.0 out of 5 stars The script is great. I think that Morgan Freeman is playing a ...
The script is great. I think that Morgan Freeman is playing a role that is out of character for him.
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Share
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by J. shop
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
This movie is often overlooked but I think it is one of Freeman's best. His charisma and parental warmth makes this a must-see.
Published 9 months ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars independent film
This is a good movie that tells a simple story that holds your attention. We all want a fairy tale ending, but it's not realistic and this movie is realistic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I like Morgan Freeman and this shows him as a regular kind of guy and not some big time movie star. Watch it and you will like or love it as well.
Published 13 months ago by Sunflowergirl
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet, feel good movie
Morgan Freeman rarely does any thing less than his best. This low budget movie is a great example. View it yourself.
Published 14 months ago by Thomas Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great job!
Buy this movie to see Paz Vega. It was really much more than I expected. Morgan Freeman makes this film is a must in any collection, Paz Vega with Spanish touch really gives a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Miguel Carrasco
3.0 out of 5 stars The "Making of ..." documentary is almost as long as the movie!
Great work for a 15 day shoot & shoestring budget. A change of pace for me from the multi-million dollar blockbusters like Star Trek, etc. (I'm a Trekkie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars ten
great indie film made me laugh and altered my perspective on life to not take it so seriously thanks a lot.
Published 22 months ago by eg
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun movie
Nice movie. Reminds me of Lost in Translation, but more down-to-earth. Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega had good chemistry. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Justin Johnson
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