The Ten, a movie from Wet Hot American Summer director David Wain, has a pretty recognizable cast, but unfortunately it looks like it was slapped together at the last minute with Windows Movie Maker. The movie, which features ten short comedic stories based on The Ten Commandments, is definitely not a film you should bother purchasing or even renting.
Paul Rudd plays the narrator of the story, and he introduces us to a bunch of random, R-rated stories about how people learn the hard way about The Ten Commandments. The stories are partially connected by certain characters, but in reality each can be viewed on its own as a funny little skit - too bad they aren't funny. While Rudd spends most of his time balancing his mistress (Jessica Alba) and his wife (Famke Janssen) instead of connecting the dots, the stories vary from strange (in one segment, Adam Brody leaps out of an airplane but forgets to wear his parachute - he survives the jump, but is forced to stay partially embedded in the ground or else he'll die) to downright disturbing (Winona Ryder, on her honeymoon, falls in love with someone else, but that someone else is actually a ventriloquist dummy. She proceeds to steal the dummy and have wild sex with the dummy all night long, with her fiance listening in next door).
The movie is basically a concoction of ten "Saturday Night Live" skits gone bad, as none of them really deliver the goods. Some are more entertaining than others, and there are a few funny parts, but once fifteen minutes in, you really start to wonder whether you should bother with the rest. The screenplay, direction and look and feel of the film seem lazy at best; while this may be intentional, its result is not. There isn't much value to the whole affair.
The Ten has its moments, but as a whole it is pretty much a disaster. I don't know what compelled Wain to direct this picture, but even in concept the film is pretty much a guaranteed loser. Waste your money on something else.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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