Ten Inch Hero

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Piper moves to Santa Cruz, California to go to the Institute of Art. When she was 15 she gave birth to a daughter…

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 7.3/10 (5,129 voted)

David Mackay

Stars: Elisabeth Harnois, Clea DuVall, Sean Patrick Flanery

Piper moves to Santa Cruz, California to go to the Institute of Art. When she was 15 she gave birth to a daughter, but had to put her up for adoption because she was too young to raise her. Years later she sees an article about a girl she thinks is her daughter, who lives in Santa Cruz, and applies for a job in a sandwich shop. As she works there she gets to know the staff. Tish is a babe, she tries to seduce every guy who comes into the shop, and she goes home with those who flirt back. Jen, a computer nerd who has a love affair online with a guy who calls himself fuzzy22. She's not as pretty as Tish and she struggles with self-confidence. And there's a crazy haired guy called Priestly; he's not like other guys and dresses different then everyone because he refuses to be "another clone". Piper's boss is a really nice guy named Trucker, who's in love with a woman who own the store across the street…


Elisabeth Harnois


Clea DuVall


Sean Patrick Flanery


Jensen Ackles


Danneel Ackles


(as Danneel Harris)

Alice Krige


John Doe


Sean Wing


Adair Tishler


Jordan Belfi


Matt Barr


Peter Dennis

Mr. Julius

Judith Drake


Tony Daly


Jeff Kahn

Customer on Cell Phone

Help Wanted: Normal People Need Not Apply.


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Release Date: 3 Jan 2007

Filming Locations: Beach City Grill – 362. W 6th Street, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs


(unrated version)

Did You Know?


Co-stars Jensen Ackles (Priestly) and 'Danneel Harris' (Tish) began dating shortly after the movie and married in May 2010.


At the beach commitment ceremony, after Priestly had removed his piercings and hair color, there are no lower lip piercing holes left.


You know, I didn't want to give up my baby. I was forced to. What would you do if Julia was taken away from you? Wouldn't you think about it every day for the rest of your life?

Yeah, of course.

Then why is it any different for me? I mean, why is my love for my child just a whim while yours is real? Of course, you have your child so you can afford to be judgmental. All I have is the ghost of two Julias. I loved them both, and I lost them both.

User Review

A great comedy with heart and soul. Potential sleeper hit.

Rating: 10/10

If you are looking for a funny, touching, insightful, feel-good movie
then Ten Inch Hero is for you. It's a story about four young friends
and their older, hippie dude boss at a sub shop searching for love and
learning to see past outer appearances and let go of preconceived

It's a deceptively simple movie. After all, we all learned in grade
school not to judge a book by its cover, but maybe the simplest lessons
need to be revisited every once in a while. Who among us can say we've
never assumed something about a person from their outer appearance? Who
hasn't felt like they didn't belong in a certain group or situation
because they didn't fit the profile?

It's no wonder many of Hollywood's young actors wanted roles in this
movie. Hollywood can be one of the more superficial zip codes on the
planet. A handsome actor gets a role because he is handsome, but is
another role denied him because he is too good looking? Good looks are
a two sided sword; they may get you in the door, but will your talent
be recognized? Will you be relegated to the hunky hero roles or will
you be allowed to create unique characters?

That brings us to Priestly. Ah yes, Priestly! Priestly is unique,
riotously funny, individualistic, sweet, witty and charismatic.
Priestly rocks! He grabs the audience from his dynamic entrance and
never lets go. He immediately starts spouting his sage opinions with
witty humor and biting sarcasm and the audience is putty in his hands.
Considering his look, with piercings, tattoos and multi-colored
Mohawks, it must be the writing and Jensen Ackles' acting that sells
this character. It certainly can't be Ackles' leading man looks;
especially since most of the audience had no clue who he was.

Halleluiah! Maybe now the PTB will recognize what a gifted and talented
actor Ackles is. Jensen Ackles always puts underlying subtext in his
roles. He is a very subtle actor who becomes his characters and
Priestly is no exception. His fans appreciate him most from his
portrayals of Alec on Dark Angel and his current role as Dean
Winchester on the CW's Supernatural. He has the ability to take a
seemingly straight forward character and find the depth in them and
expose their fears and inner workings with a stark realism that blows
you away.

Priestly is a nice change of pace because he is allowed to embrace his
comedic talent while portraying his most normal and well-adjusted
character yet, despite the character's outward appearance. He takes a
character most of the audience would avoid in real life and makes them
care! Most of the audience would invite Priestly over to Sunday dinner
by the end of the film. They loved him that much. It is refreshing to
see a character whose looks appear so outside the norm be so content
and happy.

While Ackles may be the obvious standout, the entire cast is superb.
This is an ensemble piece with every actor bringing a fresh outlook to
their character and making us care about them. We laugh with them, we
cry with them and, in the end we rejoice with them. You believe in this
sandwich shop and the diverse people that inhabit it and you become
involved in their lives.

If you have ever attempted love or been to High School and lived within
the confines of cliques, you can enjoy and empathize with these
characters. The concept of outer appearances is examined in several
different manners with every character discovering something new about
themselves and the world around them. We all know not to judge others
by looks, but how many of us realize our view of ourselves may not mesh
with how the world perceives us? We may hold ourselves back just as
much as we confine others.

Ten Inch Hero is downright entertaining. First and foremost it is
funny. Priestly is the comedic voice and the tampon scene will go down
as a classic. The movie is beautifully photographed with peaceful
scenes of the beach interspersed with the lives of the friends. The
director, David Mackay, keeps the movie flowing at a comfortable pace,
shifting back and forth between the characters' stories, but always
holding your attention. There is no clock watching or restlessness,
just an engrossing, satisfying movie.

The script by first time screenwriter Betsy Morris is refreshingly
realistic; it is not overly dramatic or contrived. Everything does not
turn out as expected and there are three or four nice twists to offer a
few surprises.

Yes, it has a happy ending although everything does not turn out
perfect. Living in these times with war and fear rampant, maybe we need
a pleasant respite from daily life. Isn't that what the movies are
supposed to do? Take us away from our lives? The funny thing about this
movie is it stays with you. Once you are reminded of that grade school
lesson, you start viewing the stranger you pass on the street a little
differently. You look in the mirror and wonder if you are fulfilling
your potential or if you are just staying in the preconceived box?

This is a movie you will enjoy. I liked these characters and would love
to hang out with them. I can't think of a better recommendation then
that. If you get the chance, go see it. And if you are one of the PTB,
get this movie into theaters and don't assume the target audience is
under the age of thirty. All ages can feel a connection to these
characters and everyone enjoys a great comedy. This movie delivers in
all areas. If given the chance, with the young, talented cast of up and
comers this could be a sleeper hit. It just needs a little help getting
noticed. Once you get them in the theater, they'll leave happy.