The Ten Reviews
Director: David Wain
Summary: An all-star cast (including Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba, Oliver Platt, Liev Schreiber, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry and Gretchen Mol, among others) appears in this collection of 10 irreverent tales inspired by the Ten Commandments. Nothing is sacred -- not even the sanctity of marriage -- in the humorous anthology written by Ken Marino and director David Wain, formerly of the comedy troupe the State.
My Thoughts: "I knew I wouldn't love this film, but I thought I would at least like it considering the great cast it has. But nope, didn't even like it. Wanted to laugh, did none of that. Really disappointed with this one. Has a great group of actors and they did well with what they had, but I just didn't care for it at all."
A (very loose) modern interpretation of the ten commandments.
Worth seeing just for Winona Ryders brilliant & hilarious performance (involving a ventriiloquists dummy) in the "charming" vignette for the 8th commandment: "Thou shall not steal".
About the only thing this film had going for it was the re-occuring charactors and the Jesus skit (although a cameo by Garofolo at a power station during a meltdown was worth smiling over).
Most of these skits came off as broad brush strokes - I kept waiting for the writing to step up to the concepts - never happened.
And the narrator concept - while inventive, also came off as juvinile and more of a distraction than an addition to the film.
I'd reccommend this for the type of people who liked Dumb and Dumber - but compare this to the satire of Dogma and.... well, you get the picture.
From the creators of The State, Wet Hot American Summer, and Stella comes a sketch comedy movie, with ten full sketches all corresponding with one of the ten commandments.
Paul Rudd heads the very large ensemble cast as the narrator in between each segment.
I wouldn't say that the sketches are hit or miss, because I found all of them funny, but there are some that are definitely hysterical and others that can put other viewers off.
For example, in the sketch involving "Honor Thy Neighbor's Wife" we deal with a few prison inmates, and the discussion of trading "bitches" in prison, so one can be "ass-raped" by another because of their bond together. This can definitely cause problems with some people.
But then there is also comic gold from a sketch like "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods" in which two neighbors have a bitter rivalry by seeing who can purchase the most CAT scan machines.
Among the actors, the best stuff comes from Liev Schreiber, Winona Ryder, Gretchen Mil, Rudd, and Famke Janssen, but there are plenty of other people doing a good job as well.
So if your into the above mentioned previous entries, or you like random sketch comedy, then loosen up your hold on logic and give this movie a whirl, because it can be very funny.
Kelly: I will slap you in the face.
I especially liked Liev Schreiber as a cop obsessed with outdoing his neighbor with the amount of cat-scans he can buy. While Winona Ryder showed some courage playing the part of a woman who falls for a comedian's dummy lol. Despite everyone trying hard though, The Ten was kind of flat.