Watch 10 Items or Less
- 1 hr 21 min
10 Items or Less is a heartfelt comedy/drama film that was released in 2006. The movie stars Morgan Freeman as a famous actor and Paz Vega as Scarlet, a cashier in a grocery store in a run-down neighborhood. Jonah Hill also stars as a grocery store manager. The movie takes you on a journey that is both funny and emotional as these two unlikely characters come together. Freeman plays himself as an actor who is trying to research his next role. In an early scene, we see him struggling to prepare for a grocery store clerk character by talking to the automated voice at a grocery store self-checkout. He gets a wrong picture in his mind about the grocery store and has to go there to understand it. While on his way to a meeting, Freeman's character becomes stranded in a rough Los Angeles neighborhood after his car breaks down. He stumbles into the discount grocery store, where he meets Paz Vega's character, Scarlet. Scarlet is surrounded by a disheartening environment; the store has low-quality products, and the customers are unfriendly. Scarlet is intrigued by the Oscar-winning actor and talks to him. Together, they wander around the grocery store on a character-building quest, as the two strike up an unexpected friendship. Freeman's character is lost and disconnected, and he peers into the lives and world of the working poor through his conversations with Scarlet. Scarlet is a dreamer with a passion for photography, and she sees so much potential in Freeman's character. As they both spend time together, the pair bond and get to know more about each other's lives. Freeman's character develops a deep appreciation and respect for Scarlet, and she helps him to come to terms with his identity crisis. The film explores themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and the power of human connection in a touching and impactful way. The movie also cleverly touches on racial and cultural differences, as Freeman's character encounters the diverse characters in the grocery store (including Jonah Hill's character, who is a young, white store manager with bigger aspirations). While there are some funny moments in the film (mostly due to Freeman's quirky antics), the heart of the film is the relationship between Freeman and Vega's characters. 10 Items or Less is a slow-burning character study that showcases the power of simple human connections. Through the unlikely friendship between Freeman and Vega's characters, we see how two people from vastly different worlds can find common ground and become important to each other. The film is beautifully shot, with Los Angeles being showcased in a gritty, unflinching way. Overall, 10 Items or Less is an excellent drama-comedy for people looking for a feel-good story that will leave them thinking about the power of human connection long after the credits have rolled. The movie shows that no matter what walk of life you come from or what job you do, everybody has a story worth hearing. The chemistry between Freeman and Vega is incredible, and their performances make it a movie worth watching.