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Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba ... see more see more... , Adam Brody , Rob Corddry , Justin Theroux , Liev Schreiber , Oliver Platt , Ken Marino , Kerri Kenney-Silver , A.D. Miles , Thomas Lennon , Joe Lo Truglio , Mather Zickel , Michael Ziegfield , Jason Sudeikis , Ron Silver , Bobby Cannavale , Cedric Sanders , Arlen Escarpeta , Rashida Jones , Janeane Garofalo , David Wain , Zandy Hartig , Michael Ian Black , Michael Showalter , John Tormey , Charlie McDermott , Joe Passaro , Jerry Grayson , Zak Orth , Reed Birney , Jason Antoon

Much of the group responsible for MTV's The State -- including director/actor David Wain and performers Ken Marino, Kerri Kenney-Silver, and Joe Lo Truglio -- reunite for this outrageous, irreverent, ... read more read more...and raunchy sketch comedy, which skewers the Ten Commandments. In the framing sequences, comedian Paul Rudd (who collaborated with much of the cast on Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter) stands on a black stage with giant Biblical tablets projected behind him and promises to deliver ten mini-stories, each loosely based on one of the commandments, from "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me" through "Thou Shalt Not Covet." For all of the storyteller's efforts, however, he is constantly, comically distracted by interferences, particularly those emanating from intrusions by his multiple girlfriends. The stories are nonetheless told one by one in short-film form, beginning with a sketch in which Stephen (Adam Brody) goes skydiving with his intended, Kelly (Winona Ryder), but forgets to wear his parachute and gets stuck in the mud, waist-deep, which draws gawkers, media, and in time, worshipers. Several of the subsequent stories consist of raunchy, jet-black riffs on sexual perversion, including one about a virginal librarian (Gretchen Mol) entangled in a sultry and messy affair with a Mexican, and another memorable bit about a nutty surgeon who plays a prank by burying a pair of scissors in a patient's stomach and is then sent to prison -- where he experiences brutal sexual abuse at the hands of other men. As an added bonus, the picture packs in a fully animated sequence, narrated by several crack-smokers, entitled "The Lying Rhino." ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008

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  • December 18, 2012
    I get what David Wain was trying to do. And he was trying so hard. Most of the segments very loosely tied into the theme they were given, and each segment did at one point or another connect to some others already shown, but none of what happens really makes sense. I know, I know... read more "it's what we make of it" is the real message of The Ten. And what I made of it was that I was it's not entertained and it could not make me laugh once. I cannot find anything David Wain does funny. The jokes aren't bad, they're just not done right. Like any comedy you'll either find it funny or not. I didn't so I was bored the whole time.
  • August 18, 2012
    A series of ten short comedies each centered around one of the ten commandments (i.e., it's the DECALOGUE re-imagined by an alumnus of the sketch comedy series "Mad TV" and "The State.") Par for the anthology course, some are funny (the twins looking for their real father) and so... read moreme are duds.
  • March 9, 2012
    A certain critic described this movie as "The Best Comedy since Borat". I hardly agree. In fact, I would more likely argue The Ten to be one of the worst comedies I've ever seen, along with Epic Movie and Evan Almighty. Believe it or not, but I even think Evan Almighty was a litt... read morele less bad, as it at least had respectable actors and a cool CGI flood in the end. Too bad it didn't sweep away this piece of trash in the process. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was just something about the writing that felt very lame, childish and dumb. Maybe some people find it hilarious (after a lobotomy or two), but I certainly didn't. Sure, it was original in the sense that it comprised of ten small stories (based on the ten commandments), but the jokes weren't funny at all, so the only thing that kept it somewhat alive for me was the actual storytelling, which gave it a little merit entertainment-wise. But that's about the only positive thing I can say about this so-called comedy. I can't believe I sat through the whole thing. Avoid if you know what's best for you!
  • March 3, 2012
    The Ten is a really crazy movie. It feels more like an Adult Swim live action show then a movie and should of just been fifteen minutes long. This movie has this random, hit or miss style of humor which truly buries itself in the ground. It consists of sketches based off the ten ... read morecommandments and tries to be satirical, but ends up devoid of meaning. Overall, its just a stupid movie. I think Paul Rudd is awesome, but he just couldn't save this mess of a film.
  • August 9, 2010
    Actually quite funny. Reminds me of a Woody Allen mixed with Monty Python and Apatow. A general surprise.
  • July 29, 2010
    Cast: Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba, Ken Marino, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Liev Schreiber

    Director: David Wain

    Summary: An all-star cast (including Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba, Oliver Platt, Liev Schreiber, Famke J... read moreanssen, 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."
  • August 4, 2009
    Not as funny as I was hoping or expecting, given the fact that EVERY member of The State was in this movie. A great cast but unfortunately most of them aren't around long enough to enjoy as the stories are way too short. And that musical number at the end almost killed it for me.... read more In the plus column, Jessica Alba and Adam Brody aren't around too much. Lots of great in-jokes and parts (namely the CAT scan segment with Liev Schreiber and the Oliver Platt segments.) The Ten is funny and the humor is great, it's just kind of a shame that the pace of the movie doesn't really allow the film to reach its full potential. A second viewing of the movie pretty much cemented my original opinion of the movie. Although it did leave me with a hankering for Roberta Flack...
  • March 27, 2009
    Should have been much more ammusing (and biting) given the cast and writters that were involved, but still an enjoyable film.

    A (very loose) modern interpretation of the ten commandments.

    Worth seeing just for Winona Ryders brilliant & hilarious performance (involving a v... read moreentriiloquists dummy) in the "charming" vignette for the 8th commandment: "Thou shall not steal".
  • March 1, 2009
    revue-style movie, with 10 sketchs supposedly about the 10 commandments; it's like the seniors at a drama school putting together a final show of dirty jokes b/c they earned it; there are some pleasant moments and a few great laughs; a few sketches parody film styles, like Woody ... read moreAllen's and Y Tu Mama's; the stories connect well
  • September 16, 2008
    did my junior high school student write this inane and unfunny script? Heck, most of the skits didn't even have anything to do with the commandment they were supposidly poking fun at.

    About the only thing this film had going for it was the re-occuring charactors and the Jesus ... read moreskit (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.

Critic Reviews


Mark Bourne
January 15, 2008
Mark Bourne, Film.com

...brings to mind the fondly remembered Kentucky Fried Movie/Amazon Women on the Moon anthos from the '70s and '80s. Full Review

Scott Craven
August 30, 2007
Scott Craven, Arizona Republic

Those worried about incurring God's wrath by seeing The Ten, don't concern yourselves -- by watching the film, you've suffered enough. Full Review

Roger Moore
August 23, 2007
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Thou shalt be funny. Thou, in this case, isn't. Full Review

Rene Rodriguez
August 17, 2007
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

By flaunting its own stupidity, The Ten practically dares you not to laugh at it, like a stand-up comic who sells an unfunny joke through the ferocity of his delivery.

Bruce Westbrook
August 17, 2007
Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle

Perhaps the Bible needs an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore. That might stem misfires such as The Ten. Full Review

John Monaghan
August 17, 2007
John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

If there were Ten Commandments for filmmaking, one would certainly be: Thou shalt not pass off sketch comedy as a feature film, especially when charging $9 a ticket. Full Review

Tom Long
August 17, 2007
Tom Long, Detroit News

The Ten is nowhere near a 10. Let's call it a six. Full Review

Richard Roeper
August 9, 2007
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

The actors are so good, and so funny.

Owen Gleiberman
August 9, 2007
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The Ten is devious and inspired enough to juice you past any weak spots. Thou shalt be amused. Full Review

Tom Keogh
August 3, 2007
Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

A lame and irritating comedy that is an endurance test to sit through. Full Review

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