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10 Items or Less ★★ 2006 (R)

Minimalist flick that focuses on a nameless big-time actor (Freeman) venturing into method territory. He travels outside LA in order to spend time at a local downscale grocery store to study how his store-manager character would behave, but instead observes all-business checkout clerk Scarlet (Vega) at work. When he's left stranded, Scarlet agrees to drive him home and he offers to help her prepare for a secretarial job interview the way he would prep for an audition. You can't deny the warmth of either Freeman or Vega but even for an indie this is slight material. 81m/C DVD . US Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Bobby Cannavale, Anne Dudek, Jonah Hill, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman; D: Brad Silberling; W: Brad Silberling; C: Phedon Papamichael; M: Antonio Pinto.