Though Hollywood has produced thought-provoking documentaries about warfare in distant galaxies and the ramifications of spending a weekend with one’s deceased boss, it rarely delves into the equally fascinating tales of real people. Explore the secret life of supermarkets with today's Groupon: for $16, you get two tickets ($9 each) to the film Ready, Set, Bag!, a documentary that follows the quest of eight hopefuls competing to win the title of Best Grocery Bagger in the United States (click here to view the trailer). Today's deal also includes a large popcorn ($3), $1 donation to Food Lifeline, and a reusable shopping bag ($10.50 including shipping cost, giving the deal a $32.50 total value). The film will be shown at Central Cinema in the Central District. Select from eight show times:
- Friday, August 6, 8 p.m.
- Saturday, August 7, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, August 7, 8 p.m.
- Sunday, August 8, 6 p.m.
- Sunday, August 8, 8 p.m.
- Monday, August 9, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 10, 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 11, 7 p.m.
Ready, Set, Bag! documents the quests of eight state-champion grocery baggers as they prepare for the National Grocers Association’s competition for Best Bagger, held every February in Las Vegas. As each contestant trains for the big event and brings order to a chaotic universe one egg carton on top at a time, their life stories and infectious love of what they do will thaw the frozen caveman hearts of any viewer. Best of all, you can stay comfortably reclined on sofa seating during the whole film, as Central Cinema’s wait staff will bring your large popcorn right to you. Practice attentive viewing before the main event with a screening of a new, hand-animated short called Leonardo, from Academy Award nominee Jim Capobianco.
If Ready, Set, Bag! inspires you to become a pro packer the way Transformers 2 inspired you to avoid Transformers 3 at all costs, the recycled-cotton reusable RSB! Ecobag gets you started with a custom logo illustrating how to pack groceries in a way that wows ’em at the self-checkout aisle. A $1 donation from each Groupon will also be donated to Food Lifeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. The organization will use its brute group strength to feed a family of four for each dollar received. You can also get behind the camera and film your night at Central Cinema, your favorite local grocery bagger, or your own bagging technique and post your video on YouTube. Get in touch with the Ready, Set, Bag! crew on Facebook or Twitter, and your video could be chosen to be shown on blip.tv (all ad proceeds go to food banks across the country). Regain your faith in humanity after seeing TV promos for Who Can Make the Most Orphans Cry? with a front-row sofa seat to Ready, Set, Bag! at Central Cinema.
- The contestants, all (with the exception of a 50-year-old Minnesota man) in their late teens and early 20s and completely charming in their naiveté, are so enthusiastic and serious about grocery-store life that one feels cynical and hardened by comparison. – Chuck Wilson, LA Weekly
- The characters are well developed and you really feel the intensity of the event. It is both funny and endearing. – cheryl-gleason, IMDB