He (Morgan Freeman) is an actor --- who hasn't acted in a while. He's been ... taking some time? Off the radar? Avoiding gigs that seemed to be beneath him while the floor of other's expectations lowered bit by bit and day by day without him even knowing it? It's not clear to us; it may not be clear to him. He's headed to a grocery store to research a part -- talk to the manager, get a sense of life at an L.A. food mart -- but he's not exactly committed to the project yet. Then again, as he's being driven by a production assistant (Jonah Hill) who isn't sure of the route to the store, it's pretty clear the production isn't necessarily committed to him. ...

Brad Silberling's had one of those perverse, up-and-down careers that Hollywood seems to throw at people occasionally: Not up and down in terms of quality, but rather in terms of resources. Silberling came from TV to direct the big-screen version of Casper; then, he got the hot potato of remaking Wings of Desire for America with City of Angels. From that, it was the personal-and-overlooked drama Moonlight Mile, and then back up to money-maker territory with Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. After that film's miss at the box office (and the challenge of big expectations, off-set turmoil and Jim Carrey), you could pardon Silberling for wanting to take some time and make a slightly smaller-scale film. The good news is that there's no need to; 10 Items or Less may be light, and slight, but it's an unexpectedly winning delight.