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. Written by
Morgan Freeman and Jonah Hill have a very brief scene while riding in a car. As Morgan had a major role and this film, and since it was shot in only fifteen days, every spare moment Morgan had was spent studying lines. This scene with Jonah took three days to shoot, and between takes, Morgan was script reading. Jonah felt he was being ignored by his co-star. This was not true. When the final shot was done, and the camera was off, Morgan, to relieve the tension, turned to Jonah in a deadpan presentation, did The Name Game song from the 1960s. Jonah Jonah je jop (sic) Jonah, etc, etc. When done, Morgan told Jonah, "Now do me". See more »
As "Him" is walking through the store, after the mop demonstration, he does not have a mop. But when they are outside walking to the car, he has one. See more »
I don't know why people always want deeper meaning in movies or else consider them worthless.
What about just being entertained? Something at which Morgan Freeman excels. He gets a chance to show off a bit. Paz Vega, his co-star, gets a career boost and Brad Silberling gets a name to draw people into watching his movie.
I thought it was a good movie. Some humor, some pathos, some bittersweetness but nothing over the top. I got an especial kick out of Jim Parsons as the receptionist at a construction company. When he looks at Freeman adoringly and says, "You make me want to be a woman." He's just hilarious. The fight scene between Ms. Vega her ex-husband and his girlfriend is wonderful too.
In short, it's a cute, charming film that will make you smile. You could do much, much worse.
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