10 Items or Less (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A small film that relies too heavily on the charm of its big actors.

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An aging Hollywood icon whose fear of failure has caused his once-luminous star to smoulder strikes up an unlikely friendship with an acid-tongued checkout clerk while researching his latest role in City of Angels and Moonlight Mile director Brad Silberling's intimate drama. Crippled by his own all-consuming fears, the man who was once Hollywood's hottest icon (Morgan Freeman) is forced to consider a role in a low-budget independent after a series of more lucrative prospects wither away on the vine. When his driver abandons him during a trip to Carson to research his upcoming role, the onetime showbiz supernova strikes up a lively conversation with Scarlet (Paz Vega), an outspoken check-out girl at a Latino community market. Now, stuck on his own, far from Brentwood, the actor must rely upon the kindness of a common stranger to help him get back on his feet.

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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27)

Silberling has shot what feels like the first home movie to get a national release; it's too cute to criticize for anything other than its fluff.

May 15, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

So often the bearer of gravitas and dignity, Freeman shows up with a smirk on his face and a song in his heart

Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

This is a sharp little slice of whimsy with Freeman giving a funny, very laid-back and sometimes touching performance.

Dec 4, 2006

[Morgan] Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his charisma and heavyweight presence can't quite redeem this featherweight concoction.

Dec 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Freeman and Paz winningly play off each other.

Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The bare-boned simplicity of 10 Items or Less is more a strength than a liability.

Dec 1, 2006

Audience Reviews for 10 Items or Less

Morgan Freeman plays a popular movie star (!) wandering around the real world and helping the little people with a thumbs up and a smile and a jig. Gliding along on the pure charm of its lead (and executive producer) one can almost forget the implied insult. Paz Vega has the unenviable position of portraying "us - in awe". Unbelievable chutzpah.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Nice simple sweet movie. Nothing too exciting, but still nice. Extra 1/2 star for Morgan Freeman, cuz, let's face it, everything is better with Morgan Freeman in it....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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this movie is the definition of a cliche' indie movie... but, you can't help but to love the actors on screen. fun, for just a little while.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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½

Really enjoyed this one. Little film full of quirky, interesting characters. Runs out of steam a little in the last half hour, but still very enjoyable. Anne Dudek must actively search out awful, unlikeable characters (that's not a critisism, she really pulls it off well. My husband literally cringes whenever he sees her in something). Paz Vega and Morgan Freeman are both excellent in this film which is ultimately about finding the courage to change your life.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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