The Ten had the basis to be a really funny and thought provoking look at Christianity’s most revered rules; the Ten Commandments. Ten vignettes each inspired by one of the Commandments is introduced by a man who’s going through his share of domestic troubles and comprises of overlapping characters and a storyline that comes full circle in the end. It’s populated with a smattering of well-known and likable actors and has moments of sheer brilliance amidst some truly hilarious situations.
Sadly however, The Ten misses the mark more often that it hits and falls into the trap of mistaking crudeness and pushing the envelope for comedy. It’s a pity, because for the most part the actors do a great job, and some of the interpretations and modern day scenarios are great thinking points, but as a whole, it just doesn’t hold together.
However, the ending – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy – it worth the price of admission and just about had me rolling on the floor laughing at the absurdity of it all.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Offensive Language, Sexual Material & Other Content May Offend.
Duration: 92 mins.
Director: David Wain.
Actors: Winona Ryder, Ron Silver, Justin Theroux, Famke Janssen, Jessica Alba, Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, Ken Marino, Jon Hamm.
Release Date: Available now.