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A drama in the supermarket

Posted at 3:49 PM on December 8, 2006 by Euan Kerr

I have heard two people from National Public Radio complain they have grammatical issues with the title "Ten Items or Less." Maybe they haven't been in a market recently.

As I mentioned in a recent post there is a real pleasure in watching two great actors interacting at length.

It's the great attraction of "10 items or less" opening this weekend.

Morgan Freeman plays a movie actor who hasn't worked in four years. He's dropped off at a rundown LA supermarket where he is meant to be studying the manager so he can build a part. While it's clear he is a big deal, it's also clear he's overly picky about some things. He won't admit it, but he knows he's in a rut.

At the supermarket he meets Scarlet (Paz Vega) a smart young woman behind the cash register who is spinning her wheels for different reasons.

Not a whole lot else happens in "10 items" except a whole lot of talk, (ok, there's a punch-up, and a lot of driving because the actor can't remember how to get home) but it's delightful talk as the two learn about each others lives and (of course!) themselves.

Freeman is just plain fun to watch. It's clear he is having a ball, although he's also not goofing off. Vega, a young veteran of Spanish television and film, matches him all the way.

This movie won't change the world. But it might well lighten your mood.

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