Piper (Elisabeth Harnois) moves to Santa Cruz to go to art school there and to maybe find the daughter she gave up for adoption when she was just a teenager. She starts working in a sandwich shop run by Trucker (John Doe), together with shy Jen (Clea DuVall), flirty Tish (Danneel Ackles) and punky Priestly (Jensen Ackles). Much like Piper, all four of her colleagues struggle with love and finding their place in the world.
I didn’t know much about Ten Inch Hero other than Jensen Ackles is wearing outrageous hair in it, and then I watched it and got Clea DuVall in the bargain, and that’s pretty much the best thing that can happen. Overall, the film is pretty sweet.
Ten Inch Hero tries very hard to be a positive, light-hearted film with a message of how you just have to be yourself and be true to yourself to find love and happiness. It’s a cute message but the film does start to stumble and counters its own message towards the end.
Be that as it may, if you want nothing else but put up your legs and not think while getting a warm feeling in your belly, you could do very much worse than watch Ten Inch Hero. That being said, it’s not necessary a film you have to have seen.
The film doesn’t go entirely smoothly and sometimes it’s a little too clichéd. But the cast is pretty charming. I am always happy to see DuVall (she’s so underrated and underused) and I loved that we got to see Jensen Ackles with piercings and colorful hair (less thrilled at the turn his character took in the end).
The charming cast, the nice pacing and the good intentions do make the film enjoyable, albeit being far from outstanding.
Summarizing: mostly cute.