10 Items or Less

Synopsis: A well-known actor, who hasn't accepted a role in four years, is considering a project. The cousin of the director drives him to Archie's Ranch Market, in Carson, and drops him off to do a little research. He's fascinated by one of the checkers, Scarlet, a young woman from Spain with a preternatural ability to ring up items at the cash register. She hates her job, stuck at the 10 items or less lane. The actor chats her up, and when her shift ends, he asks for a ride. In the course of the afternoon, he helps her prepare for a job interview. She needs to have confidence, he needs to commit. Human contact, however brief, can change people.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Brad Silberling
Production: ThinkFilm
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
82 min

Sorry. What was your name again?




Are we lost, Packy?

Damn it! Damn it!

I had this nailed before.

I swear. Dude, we're gonna find it.

Don't worry about it.

So you're driving for the picture?

Donny's my cousin.

You know, Donny?

Ah, yeah.

I'm kinda like the all-purpose

kind of guy.

Your cousin?


And this is his first picture.

Yeah, you know.

I guess that thing we did

in Bartoli's back yard doesn't count.

This is like his first film. Movie.

Is he good with actors?

Does he like actors?


You're kinda like the first actor

I've ever met, so--

But I know he's f***ing

so psyched that you're doing this.

You're playing the store manager.

Well, now, I haven't committed yet.

This is just research, you know?

Just take a look at the location.

Research, get a feel for the character.

So, Donny says you haven't

worked in, like, four years

or something like that.

Well, not four.

It's a long f***ing time, right?

Well, I mean, you know,

I've had--

It's not like I haven't had offers.

So you're back!

You're f***in' back in business.

How does it feel?

Well, I wouldn't exactly

call this "back."

Not "back" back, you know?

Not like "comeback" back.

Just a little independent thing.


Nicely under the radar.

I mean, if it flies, fine.

And if it doesn't,

it won't even count.

It's like a blow job.

Yeah. Like a cinematic blow job.

No sh*t.

All right, this is so--

This is so f***ing uncool, I know.

But I'm driving, so f*** it.

I mean-- Hey, would you mind

just doin' a little bit for me?

Any part. Any part is fine.

I have no idea

what you're talking about.

The thing--

The book on tape?

You did this so well.

Come on. Any part.

Anything, really.

Uh, no, no, no.

Chapter four.

Wait, wait.

Her ivory hand grasped firmly,

the door swung open

with the hush of luxury.

And there--

I never did a book on tape.

Here you go!

Her brim swept up,

her eyes filled with the glory,

the spectacle that was Titanic.


It's not me.

Modest motherf***er.

I'm telling you, it's not me.

The soles of his leather--

Of course it's you.

What else you been doin'

for the past four years?

That's not me, man.

All right, first of all--

I would never--

I would never go that way.

I would never choose those rhythms.

You know what I'm saying?

You get a scene like that,

you don't drop into those rhythms.

You don't play the obvious.

You always go under.

Run it by me again.

You want to play it again?


Her brim swept up,

and her eyes filled--

No, see, he's all

caught up in his reading.

He's totally disconnected.

I wouldn't-- I wouldn't have a--

"Earth received her step.

"Brim up,

"her eyes encompassed the glory,

the spectacle, that was Titanic."

Oh, my God! What?

So. This is--

Ground Zero.

You gonna remember how we got here?

Yeah, I'm down with the map,

so it's no big deal.

So, how do you wanna--

How do you want to handle this?

Sneak me in

through the back, maybe?

For what?

This is fine.

So, how long do you need?

You don't stay?

No, I run.

Frickin' Porta Potties in Brea,

wherever the heck that is.

You remember which way we--

No, I'm f***in' with you, man.

I'm just-- It's a joke.

All right.

An hour or so should do it.


Now, you will be coming back?

Yeah. Hey, good field trip, all right?

And man, seriously--

Put it back.

Yes, you. Put it back.

You're not gonna take it.

You never do.

Stop squeezing the sh*t out of it

and put it back.

I'm watching you, cabrn.

You gonna pick it or do I?

Your mama didn't teach you how to count?

Let's go.

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Brad Silberling

Bradley Mitchell Silberling (born September 8, 1963) is an American television and film director known for directing feature films such as Casper (1995), City of Angels (1998), Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) and Land of the Lost (2009). more…

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