The Ten

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Released 2006

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Director:
David Wain
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Ten is a comedy film released in 2007 directed by David Wain. The Ten tells a story relating to each of the ten commandments with all the stories tied together and introduced by a narrator named Jeff Reigert (Paul Rudd) who occupies a void space with giant stone tablets. In addition to the narrator introducing the stories he has a story himself involving him leaving his wife Gretchen (Famke Janssen) for a younger woman named Liz (Jessica Alba). The first story is of a man named Stephen Montgomery (Adam Brody) becoming worshiped as a god when he gets stuck in the ground after a skydiving accident. A white mother (Kerri Kenney-Silver) hires an Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator (Oliver Platt) to act as a father figure to her two black sons. Other stories include a woman (Winona Ryder) leaving her husband for a ventriloquist's dummy, a man (Liev Schreiber) who covets his neighbor's (Joe Lo Truglio) CAT scan machines, and a man (A.D. Miles) skipping church to listen to Roberta Flack in the nude with other men. The Ten showcases the offbeat comedy style that has made David Wain and the rest of the members of the State beloved in the comedy world.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Second feature from duo David Wain and Ken Marino of comedy group the State is, like their "Wet Hot American Summer," uneven but often hilarious.

  • 50

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A "Decalogue" for special-ed students, The Ten leans too often toward the bizarre and the bewildering. And though rough sex is a recurring motif, the movie's overall tone is less b...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    David Wain, director of "Wet Hot American Summer," brings his popular brand of surrealist yet mundane humor to the big screen with more or less dreadful results.

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