Brief summary: First off, I didn’t want to use the movie poster or DVD artwork because quite frankly, it’s lame, and it makes the movie look like a stupid, sex-driven comedy. It’s not. It’s got a lot more substance than that.
Ten Inch Hero is about a group of weird people who work in a Santa Cruz sandwich shop / cafe. There’s Priestly (my favorite character in the film, if only for ALL his awesome, offensive t-shirts), Jen (the cute and self-deprecating girl who seemingly found true love on the internet), Tish (the resident combo sassy girl/slut), Trucker (the hippie/liberal owner of the shop), and Piper (Elizabeth Harnois). The title “Ten Inch Hero” mainly refers to the type of submarine sandwich the shop specializes in, but it can also refer to Tish’s shallow quest to find “the perfect lover.”
The story revolves mainly around Piper, who recently moved to Santa Cruz to see if she could find her long-lost adopted daughter, that she gave up when she was 16, because she knew she wasn’t ready to have a kid. Piper gets a job at the sandwich shop with the other weirdos, and they quickly all become friends, even though they are all different people (kind of Breakfast Club-ish). Along the way, many other supporting characters are introduced, including Tad the douchebag, nice-guy Noah and his bright young daughter Julia, and the spiritual “good witch” Zo who owns a magick (jewerly, wiccan, folklore, etc) shop across the street (a woman who Trucker can’t stop thinking about).
I won’t ruin the story for you, but let me just say this…. you should watch the movie mainly for Priestly’s hilarious t-shirts and dialogue/scenes (which make the film pretty memorable, by themselves) and stay for the heartfelt stuff that builds throughout the rest of the film. It’s a touching and hip story, with a lot of cool twists and make-you-smile moments. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that nearly everyone in the film is pretty easy on the eyes (my two favorites being Elizabeth Harnois, who plays Piper, and Daneel Jensen-Ackles, who plays Tish). I also have always loved Clea Duvall… in real life, if I could get any of those girls at all, I’d probably go for Clea. But anyway, I digress.
A film definitely worth your time!