Friday, February 8, 2013

Ten Inch Hero (2007)

Number Rolled: 93
Movie Name/Year: Ten Inch Hero (2007)
Genre: Romance
Length: 102 minutes
Rating: R
Director: David Mackay
Writer: Betsy Morris
Actors: Elisabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall, Sean Patrick Flanery, Jensen Ackles, Danneel Ackles, Alice Krige, John Doe, Sean Wing, Adair Tishler, Jordan Belfi, Matt Barr, Peter Dennis, Judith Drake, Tony Daly

You get those movies that hide really drastically important subtext beneath the plot, the movies that are representations of political context, the movies that are just so much deeper than the script would lead you to believe; then you have movies like this. This was a really simple, straight-forward, movie.

Four coworkers and one boss work at a sandwich shop in Santa Cruz. Each member of the staff has their very own storyline and issues to work through. Piper, played by Elisabeth Harnois, put her child up for adoption when she was fifteen and believes she has found the girl living nearby. Jen, played by Clea DuVall, is a wallflower that has struck up a friendship with a person online and is confronted with the possibility of meeting them. Tish, played by Danneel Ackles (still Danneel Harris at time of production), is a promiscuous woman looking for the next thrilling relationship. Priestly, played by Jensen Ackles, is the punk rock anarchist that can’t seem to catch Tish’s eye. Finally, Trucker, played by John Doe, is hopelessly in love with the woman who runs a shop across the street and is too in awe to actually speak with her. Throughout the movie we see how each of these people confronts their various conflicts and aid each other through theirs.

I absolutely fell in love with this movie.

There’s so very little I can say about why, though. The actors did amazing work with an amazing script. It was like Clerks if you added more romance and just a little less comedy, not that it wasn’t comedic. In fact, if pressed, I would categorize it as a comedy instead of a romance.

As much comedy as there was, the movie still managed to get me all teary-eyed at the ending of at least one of the several storylines. A few of the ending parts, however, were a bit too tidy and neat for my liking. Very Disney-esk. And I don’t like the ending for Priestly at all. Even if I ignore the message of his particular ending, I felt like it cheapened the film just a bit.

None-the-less, it was an amazing movie that I am very likely to both recommend and watch again.

Overall Opinion – 4.5/5

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