10 Items or Less

10 Items or Less

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Director: Brad Silberling, Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Bobby Cannavale

Cast: Brad Silberling, Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Bobby Cannavale

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


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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Exchange the nocturnal melancholy of Tokyo for sunny East Los Angeles, then swap Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson for Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega, and you've got 10 Items or Less, Brad Silberling's own version of Lost in Translation, albeit with a lot more whimsy. Like Murray before him, Freeman plays a famous actor who meets a young woman at a crucial moment of self-doubt for both; each provides the other the perspective to better understand themselves, implicitly understanding the fleeting nature of their time together rather than trying to consummate any potential attraction. Silberling's influences may be obvious, but that doesn't mean the writer-director hasn't fashioned himself a nice little movie here. He's actually taken the logic of Lost in Translation one step further -- while Murray and Johansson's characters were both white Americans, Freeman and Vega have barriers of language (English is her second) and ethnicity dividing them, in addition to the gap between their ages. Both are charming as they develop a definite chemistry, but Freeman deserves extra credit for seeming to peer inside his true self. His character is never named, but thinly veiled references to Freeman's real career choices make the comparison overt and intentional. There's one exception: his character in 10 Items or Less is eager to make a comeback, whereas the real Freeman was firmly at the top of his game while doing this low-budget favor for Silberling. And he's clearly enjoying this little indie diversion, looking utterly carefree while dancing to Latino pop at a car wash, singing Spanish nursery rhymes with Vega, and eating Arby's sandwiches by the Los Angeles River. It's a teasingly brief little effort, running just 70 minutes, followed by another ten of spirited outtakes over the closing credits. But the sentiments and moments are meaty enough to compensate.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Alchemy / Millennium
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Making-of documentary; Director, Brad Silberling commentary; Deleted scenes; Q & A with cast & director; Surprise bonus material; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; Previews; Spanish subtitles; Closed caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Him
Paz Vega Scarlet
Bobby Cannavale Bobby
Anne Dudek Lorraine
Jennifer Echols Actor
Jonah Hill The Kid
Leonardo Nam Sales Kid
Kumar Pallana Lee
Jim Parsons Actor
Danny DeVito Actor
Rhea Perlman Actor

Technical Credits
Brad Silberling Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert J. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Morgan Freeman Executive Producer
Michael Kahn Editor
Avy Kaufman Casting
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Julie Lynn Producer
Lori McCreary Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Antonio Pinto Score Composer
Denise Pizzini Production Designer
Dawn Solér Musical Direction/Supervision
Kelly Thomas Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- 10 Items or Less
1. Van Ride With Packy [6:23]
2. The Market [9:24]
3. Research [9:19]
4. Bobby's Place [7:05]
5. Shopping at Target [6:00]
6. The Car Wash [5:59]
7. Interview Rehearsal [8:03]
8. Scarlet and Him [5:24]
9. Spanish Lesson [3:39]
10. Scarlet's Interview [3:50]
11. The End of the Road [5:42]
12. End Credits [9:52]


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10 Items or Less 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago