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Running Time:
1 hour, 22 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Insubstantial but irresistable.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Making-of documentary; Director, Brad Silberling commentary; Deleted scenes; Q & A with cast & director; Surprise bonus material; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround; Previews; Spanish subtitles; Closed captions.

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Morgan Freeman ("Driving Miss Daisy") plays a variation on the character we have come to know and love known as Morgan Freeman. He's a laidback actor who's doing some research for a low-budget movie he's hoping to make and gets stranded in a working class suburb of L.A. When his driver leaves him without a cell phone, cash, or a ride home, he ends up at a neighborhood grocery spending the day with a spitfire check-out cashier (Paz Vega "Spanglish") who ends up offering him a ride home, when she learns of his plight This results in what is essentially an extended conversation between the two as they meet unexpected situations, have some chance encounters, and realize some personal truths that neither of them could ever have anticipated.

Writer-director Brad Silberling ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events") has a lot of fun implying that Freeman is essentially playing himself. Most of the fans he meets throughout his day seem to know him best as Ashley Judd's costar, and while this may or may not be true, Freeman gives a performance that ranks with his best work. There's something both hilarious and touching about the way Freeman's character reacts to the everyday world in which he suddenly finds himself. Although he's perceptive about people's natures, he seems to be oblivious to the reality of their lives, and Freeman captures this dichotomy perfectly.

This is a great vehicle not only for Freeman, but for Vega, who is even more compelling here than she was in her breakout role in Spanglish. Her wry performance makes the arbitrary premise of the script believable. We can even believe that Freeman's character would want to spend time with her, although they don't appear to have anything in common. This quite short film is always entertaining thanks to the fine performances of both of its stars.

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