Thursday, February 27, 2014

10 Items or Less (2006)

IMDb plot summary: An actor prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk, and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.
Directed by Brad Silberling. Starring Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega.

This is a good premise for a movie, and it should have been MUCH better than it was. As it stands, all the interactions are pretty forced, the performances are weirdly wooden (even the usually-good Morgan Freeman), the moments of comedy don't work, and everything is just a little bit too cutesy and manufactured to be believable or interesting. Not to mention the just weird plot points where an actor who didn't achieve fame until his 30s is apparently completely unaware of things like drive-through windows and Target... This is a nice idea that got screwed up by sloppy execution. 2 stars.

Flickchart: #1456 out of 2040, below Robin and the Seven Hoods and above Gosford Park.

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