The Ten

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Although a few of the sketches that make up The Ten are humorous, the uneven and random tone of the film cause it to fall apart.

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Composed of 10 vignettes, each one inspired by one of the Biblical commandments, "The Ten" is an irreverent but hilarious illustration of how bad behavior makes for good comedy. With each story told in a different style, but containing overlapping characters and themes, the film is a grand burlesque boasting an all-star cast that puts the sin back in cinema.

Cast

Paul Rudd
as Jeff Reigert
Gretchen Mol
as Gloria Jennings
Adam Brody
as Stephen Montgomery
Famke Janssen
as Gretchen Reigert
Winona Ryder
as Kelly La Fonda
Oliver Platt
as Marc Jacobson
Jessica Alba
as Liz Anne Blazer
Liev Schreiber
as Ray Johnson
Justin Theroux
as Jesus Christ
Ron Silver
as Fielding Barnes
Ken Marino
as Dr Glenn Ritchie
A.D. Miles
as Oliver Jennings
Rob Corddry
as Duane Rosenblum
David Wain
as Abe Grossman
Joe Lo Truglio
as Paul Mardino
Janeane Garofalo
as Nuclear Power Plant Shift Supervisor Beth Soden
Todd Holoubek
as Camera Man Stuart Blumberg
Mather Zickel
as Louis La Fonda
Michael Ziegfield
as Harlan Swallow
Ali Marsh
as `Entertainment Beat' Host Greerge Reardon
Jason Sudeikis
as Tony Contiella
Edmond Genest
as Governor Beaumont Hutchins
Jon Hamm
as Skydiving Guide Chris Knarl
Cedric Sanders
as Greg Jaffe
H. Jon Benjamin
as Junkie Jerry Park
Arlen Escarpeta
as Todd Jaffe
Bobby Cannavale
as Lying Rhino Body
Rashida Jones
as Hostess Rebecca Fornier
Robert Ben Garant
as Landlord Izzy Mavis
Andrew Dawson
as Marty McBride
Zandy Hartig
as Sally Johnson
Michael Ian Black
as Prison Guard Jambert Saivon
Michael Showalter
as Police Lt. Flarn Bleern
John Tormey
as Junkie Jerry Park
Charlie McDermott
as Jake Johnson
Joe Passaro
as Xylophone Player Clovis Handleman
Jerry Grayson
as Junkie Floyd Congril Dillon
Zak Orth
as Prosecutor/Tour Guide Barge Michaelson
Reed Birney
as Jim Stansel
Jason Antoon
as Salazar "Fred" McBairn
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Critic Reviews for The Ten

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (52)

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

    Jan 15, 2008 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne

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

    Aug 30, 2007 | Rating: 1/5
  • Thou shalt be funny. Thou, in this case, isn't.

    Aug 23, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/4
  • Perhaps the Bible needs an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore. That might stem misfires such as The Ten.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ten

  • Dec 07, 2015
    the stories are varied and not the usual Wain brilliance. I normally enjoy the slapstick and cast that he can gather but it doesn't click here. Paul Rudd is a little annoying here which is a waste of his talent. I only found some the stories funny but give Wain credit for at least keeping this style of humor alive.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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 some are duds.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2012
    The Ten is good for a few laughs, but has trouble with its raunchy comedy. The film's an anthology of ten loosely connected stories, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. A number of stars appear throughout the stories, including Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Winona Ryder, Liev Schreiber, and Jessica Alba. The acting is all pretty solid and there are a lot of fun characters, but several of the stories come up short and are unsatisfying. The humor is also a little spotty, pushing the vulgarity past the point where it stops being funny and going over-the-top with its eccentricities. The Ten has some funny bits, but doesn't come together as a cohesive film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 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 commandments 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.
    Chris M Super Reviewer

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