Sunday, June 22, 2008

The Ten (2007)

I don't get it. Skimming the ensemble cast (including Liev Schreiber, Winona Ryder, Paul Rudd, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux, Bobby Cannavale) alone sold me on this movie. I was expecting it to be convulsively funny. Or just funny. Why would these actors ever read this script and sign on? It was awful. Crass, offensive and violent. There are a few spots where I chuckled. I was compelled to watch it all, perhaps in hopes that it would redeem itself. How could no one have conducted an intervention on the making of this film?

Here's the skinny...Paul Rudd is your "guy-on-the-street" type announcer. He introduces the 10 skits inspired by each of the commandments. The first one was so odd, I was able to squeeze some enjoyment out of it. Then, it wildly deteriorates. For example, Winona Ryder's acting was excellent but her character falls in love with a ventriloquist's dummy, not the man guiding the dummy but the dummy itself--they even have a sex's embarrassing.

The only thing I'm happy about is that I got this one from the library. Paying to see this one would have been like paying to scrape a smashed up hot dog off the ground and eating the remains after hoards of people and animals have trampled it. It's that bad.

I almost recommend it so that someone can enlighten me on how this "piece of crapola" ever got funding, actors and an opening-night premiere (must have been an uncomfortable 95 minutes or they paid people to laugh).


Themes: bad movies, 10 commandments

Director: David Wain

Country: US

Genre: Wanna-Be Comedy

Time: 95 minutes

Scale: 1.5

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

look at these reviews and you'll see why many critics thought the movie was great