The Ten (R)

Comedy 93 August 3, 2007
By Robert Wilonsky
A cross between Dekalog and The Meaning of Life without the poignant curiosity of the former or the anarchic fury of the latter, The Ten is a star-studded, half-baked, take-it-or-leave-it “goof” on the Ten Commandments, in the parlance of co-writer Ken Marino’s surgeon, who’s keen on leaving instruments inside his patients’ bodies because it makes him giggle. It’s divided into skits pasted together by Paul Rudd-delivered monologues interrupted by his wife (Famke Janssen) and his lover (Jessica Alba), and it features recurring characters (played by the likes of Winona Ryder, co-writer Marino, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber and others) who glide in and out of sketches like partygoers in search of someone more interesting to talk to. It was made by David Wain and Marino -- the men who brung you Wet Hot American Summer, a film whose sole ambition was to remake Meatballs -- so it ain’t all that interested in theological discussions. It just wants to elicit a few giggles as it travels down a darkly comic trail in need of a burning bush -- unless you count the prison sequence full of “man rape” references.
David Wain Jessica Alba, Adam Brody, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Winona Ryder, Bobby Cannavale, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, Rob Corddry, Kerri Kenney Ken Marino, David Wain Michael Almog ThinkFilm

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