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I seldom give a rating of 1 but this movie wholeheartedly earned it.
Its plot (such as it is) revolves around a 40 something year old man
named George, who is in some sort of sexual mid life crisis, wanting to
feel young, attractive, and virile again. He finds that his beautiful
and intelligent girlfriend, Samantha (Julie Andrews) is inadequate in
eliciting such feelings. He thus fantasizes over a young, perfectly
proportioned bride named Jenny (Bo Derek) and becomes rather
Indeed, this entire movie is rather pathetic. Where to begin?
How about the cast? George is played by Dudley Moore, whom I loved in Arthur. Woody Allen, the master neurotic, might have been a more suitable choice. Julie Andrews is one of my favorite actresses, whether singing (Sound of Music etc.) or drama (The Tamarind Seed). It is unbelievable that she stooped to the level of this supposedly erotic drivel. I guess she was attempting at the time to dispense with her goody goody image and project mature sexiness. Also, I believe she is married to this sorry film's director, Blake Edwards. As for Bo Derek, yes, she has a perfect body and those braids became a legend. Nothing more of note here regarding her. She's simply a body in this movie.
The entire theme of this middle aged idiot's sexual fantasies would, frankly, have been better left unexplored. The concept of males rating females on a scale from 1 to 10 (Jenny gets an 11) is neither a novel one nor something to be encouraged. Of course this film made an art form out of the practice. Where was the outcry from the feminists at the time?
Pity also, the desecration of Ravel's Bolero. Perhaps Maurice Ravel, its composer, intended the work to be sexy (privately), perhaps not. I'm not that familiar with him. However, it is a magnificent composition and I can hardly believe that Ravel ever meant it as cinematic accompaniment to George and Jenny's bedding. Poor Ravel. I suspect he might be spinning in his grave.
That about does it. I've already wasted far too much time just watching this movie, best not to waste any more writing about it. Suffice it to say, I can think of few films less deserving of their fame.
I remember when this film was first shown on TV about 17 years ago and the kids at my school saying how good this was and in graphic detail how the sex scenes panned out. I was never allowed to watch this and it is not until now that i have got the chance to see it and my over riding thought is,Boy do kids exagerate!. This film is decribed in the listings as a sex comedy yet i found "10" lacking in both of those ingredients. While at times this has it's funny moments thanks to Dudley Moore , they are few and far between and as for the sex part well i have seen more sex in a Charlie Chaplin movie! In a way this film is quite depressing , Dudley Moore slowly drinks himself to death (a bit like real life)while moaning that he is too old, yet he manages to pull the beautifull Bo Derek after following her and her new husband all the way to Mexico. yet when gets her into bed he moans that she is cheating on her Husband and walks out! You Fool! The most depressing thing that happens is that poor old Dud ends up with his old Flame julie Andrews who to me ,is as sexy as most people's grandmother, even when she was 18. Over all "10" has it moments but it is far too long and far too depressing. 5 out of 10
"10" (1979) **1/2 Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek, Robert
Webber, Dee Wallace, Brian Dennehy, Sam Jones. Frequently
funny sex farce with middle-age crisis impaired Moore obsessed
with goddess fixation Derek (dig those iconic cornrows) with
humorous results in a badly dated film about rating a woman a
perfect "10" and the sexual hangups with aging and vice versea.
Some nice physical comedy from Moore thanks to writer/director Blake Edwards.
Dudley Moore, we will miss you. This film was Moore's signature role - he made it funny, he made it poignant. Blake Edwards' script was funny and sweet, but Dudley brought it to life. A little dated now, but a great trip back to 1979 and still relevant today. If you haven't seen this film at least once, do yourself a favor - skip the latest Adam Sandler vehicle and find this one on the shelf. Adam is no Dudley Moore.
Dudley Moore stars as George Webber, a man who sees the girl of his dreams (sexy Bo Derek as Jenny) outside the church she is about to be married in. He follows her on her honeymoon to Mexico, where he heroically rescues her new husband from death and is rewarded with a lot of attention from her. Well-written, well-acted, and beautifully photographed (mostly in Mexico), this is a timeless comedy from the great Blake Edwards. Also starring Julie Andrews as George's confused girlfriend Samantha, back home in Malibu.
Bo is as arousing as an inflated doll or Nancy Reagan. Middle-aged man falls
for her. She grants him temporary use of her body since she's kinky, modern
and thankful for swimming ashore where she slept on a surf-board.
He backs down and go back to Julie Andrews. Now I'm middle-aged myself I find the whole adventure unlikely.
This film was really a vehicle for Dudley Moore (Cuddly Dudley) when he was at the peak of his career, along with the opportunity to display the obvious charms of Bo Derrick, who spends much of her time on the screen smoldering or preening. As a rather not so obscure object of desire, Bo is more model than actress. A laborious comedy at best, certainly below Blake Edwards best standards, a few funny moments, (as with the old girl and the tray) but a great deal of boring stuff in between. No doubt Moore's fans in the 70's were impressed, and he is a lovable character, especially when he plays being tipsy, but there is not enough meat in the sandwich this time.
10 is just a code name for "Come see this because Julie Andrews is in it!". Miss Andrews is just fabulous. Besides her superior acting skills, showing off her vocal range talent (singing some very,very high notes) is a big plus in this movie. But they are not surprising for Julie, as a movie is hardly a movie if Julie doesn't sing in it. Forget the rest of the amateur cast, profeesional Julie Andrews (as Sam) is triumphant and dominates the screen. If nothing else, see this movie for Julie Andrews!
The seventies were kind of a transition period between the sixties and
seventies (lame!) in the American movies in the following sense. In the
seventies, soft core porn was making stars out of unknowns, but for the most
part "major" stars stayed away from it. But, after the porno industry
started to turn the film business on its ear (cheap to produce, made big
bucks), the "established" studios, at the behest of money hungry
conglomerates, began to sit up and take notice.
Although much has been mentioned about Bo Derek, Julie Andrews played the quintessential "brassy broad with balls", in this film. Although I was obviously impressed with Ms Derek's form the thing that stood out in my mind was watching "Mary Poppins" giving someone the finger! I think this inspired many great actresses of the time to "break the mold" and try different more challenging roles.
I also think this is the first film from a major studio to use established porn stars, although in the background.
This was a major leap in film making on par with "Shampoo"
Dudley Moore plays George Webber, a successful composer who's got a
good life. He's got money, a fancy house, a nice car and a great
girlfriend played by Julie Andrews. But George is not happy. He's
having a rather pathetic midlife crisis and just wants to score with
some hot young babe. Enter Jenny, played by Bo Derek. She's a 10 and
George wants her. Unfortunately for him the first time he sees her
she's in the back of a car on her way to the church to be married.
George crashes her wedding. Things which are meant to be funny happen
there but they're not funny at all. And thus is set the tone for the
whole movie. It tries to be funny and it fails miserably at it.
Even the worst comedies usually have a few decent laughs sprinkled throughout. Not this one. There's not a laugh to be found. All the jokes and gags fall flat. All of them. What's worse is the way the movie painstakingly sets its gags up. You can see what's going to happen before it does. And you think, "They're not really going to do that are they? That won't be funny at all." And then inevitably, yes they do it at which point all you can do is groan. All the supposedly funny moments are telegraphed and none of them are actually funny. One bit with a crippled old tea lady goes on forever and may be the most painfully unfunny thing I've ever seen in any movie. Moore's character is completely unsympathetic. Jenny, the object of his desire, we never actually get to spend any time with until late on in the movie. Sadly we then find that while she may have a million-dollar body she has a 10-cent head. You feel sorry for poor Julie Andrews who is really slumming it by appearing in this dreck. She gives the movie whatever very little dignity it has. Never, no matter how bad a movie is, have I ever stopped watching it before it was over. This is as close as I've ever come to doing so. An absolutely excruciating movie to sit through. They should have spent less money on Bo Derek's hairstylist and more on getting a decent script.
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