10 Items or Less (film)

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10 Items or Less
Ten items or less poster.jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Brad Silberling
Produced by Julie Lynn
Lori McCreary
Brad Silberling
Written by Brad Silberling
Starring Morgan Freeman
Paz Vega
Kumar Pallana
Jonah Hill
Music by Antonio Pinto
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited by Michael Kahn
Production
company
Distributed by THINKFilm
Release dates
  • September 11, 2006 (2006-09-11) (TIFF)
  • December 1, 2006 (2006-12-01) (United States)
Running time 82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1,399,222[1]

10 Items or Less is a 2006 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Brad Silberling and starring Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega. Shot in fifteen days,[2] 10 Items or Less made its release as a digital download – the first such release via the Internet – while it was still in theaters.

ClickStar, founded by Morgan Freeman, made the film available digitally on December 15, 2006, fourteen days after it made its theatrical debut. This event was highlighted by the American Film Institute in their AFI Awards 2006 "Moments of Significance".[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Through circumstance, two strangers, an actor (Freeman) preparing for an upcoming role and a cashier (Vega), drive around Los Angeles together, having a number of conversations about life and exploring the differences and similarities between their worlds.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Freeman served as executive producer.[5] The film was shot entirely in Carson and Brentwood.[5]

Reception[edit]

Freeman and Vega presenting the film in Madrid, Spain

Box office[edit]

The film was released in only fifteen theaters, taking in $35,929 in its first weekend.[6][7] The total domestic box-office take was $83,291.[6][7] The film was more successful internationally, grossing $1,315,931 in the foreign box office, with $486,895 grossed in Vega's home country of Spain.[8]

Critics[edit]

According Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, the film is "A friendly demonstration of how two actors with charisma and a relaxed writer-director (Brad Silberling) can get a nice movie practically nothing." While that Desson Thomson, of The Washington Post, believes that the film is "a natural but failed experiment about a pleasant encounter, to style independent films".[9]

Critical reaction to the film was mixed, with general praise for the work of the two main actors. The film has had a 63% approval rating based on 59 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes.[10]

Honors and awards[edit]

The film was named one of the "Top Independent Films of 2006" by the National Board of Review.[11]

Home Media[edit]

The DVD was released in the U.S. on 24 April 2007.[12] It includes commentary by Silberling, a featurette on 'the making of', 6 deleted scenes, and 3 promotional shorts.

Soundtrack[edit]

Although a soundtrack was not officially released, the following songs were included in the film:[13]

  1. "Rose" – Martin Blasick
  2. "Latin Thugs" – Cypress Hill
  3. "Las Isabeles" – Mariachi Sol de Mexico
  4. "Cancion Villista" – Ixya Herrera & Xocoyotzin Herrera
  5. "Colorin Colorao" – Jesus Alejandro "El Niño"
  6. "Las Perlitas" – Mariachi Aguila Real
  7. "Con Tu Amor Y Pasion" – Sergio Cardenas
  8. "I've Got The World On A String" – Martin Blasick
  9. "La Receta" – Kemo the Blaxican (song at car wash)
  10. "It's Me Jody" – Herbert Stothart
  11. "En Este Varrio" – Delinquent Habits featuring Ozomatli
  12. "Al Pasar la Barca" – Paz Vega and Morgan Freeman
  13. "Duncan" – Paul Simon
  14. "Let The Horn Blow" – Delinquent Habits

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