Forty-two year old famed composer and playwright George Webber (Dudley Moore) is going through a midlife crisis. He is seriously dating thirty-eight year old actress and singer Samantha Taylor (Dame Julie Andrews), who he loves, although he admits their connection is more intellectual than it is emotional. She, in turn, loves him, despite barely tolerating his often infantile behavior. This behavior includes spying on a neighbor's sexual encounters with a wide array of women, this spying about which the neighbor knows, as he does it himself. Driving one day, George spots a young woman who he believes is the most beautiful creature he's ever seen - an "eleven" on a scale of ten, tens which he didn't believe existed before her. Beyond the fact that she is probably half his age, a problem with George's infatuation is that she is just off to her own wedding. George and Sam's relationship takes a hit with an argument which is further exacerbated by a series of misunderstandings. As such, ...Written by
After George is caught at his neighbor's orgy, he returns home and tries to call Sam and then his psychiatrist. The reflection of a man in sunglasses can be seen in the window just above and to the left of the telephone in the low-angle shots. See more »
I'd like a strong black cup of coffee and some amphetamines.
Well, may I suggest the dining room and the local pusher and whatever all you might consider appropriate, of course.
Yes. Yes. I'll settle for a double brandy.
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When the credits of the cast begins to scroll up and out of the iris of the telescope's view into George and Samantha's penthouse, the members of the cast are listed but not the characters they played. See more »
The TV print substitutes tamer versions of some of 10's racier moments. In particular, scenes featuring porn star Annette Haven as Dudley Moore's exhibitionist neighbor have been removed, replaced with scenes involving another actress. On scene features Moore's character using a telescope to watch a naked A. Haven making love (in the TV version, we see the substitute actress kissing a man while wearing a robe). A later scene, originally shown as a nude orgy, is replaced by a similar scene, but with everyone wearing bathing suits. In addition, the comedic lovemaking scene between Derek and Moore is played in the dark in the TV version. See more »
There's not much to add to the other mediocre reviews of this film. "10" has small moments of humor that could be classified as comedy, but there's such a long and slow buildup to the funny parts, which themselves aren't all that funny, that it's hardly worth the effort.
If you're an exceptionally successful middle aged composer, who's married to a top Broadway singing actress, then you'll connect to this film. If your lifestyle includes watching the neighbors' orgies through a telescope from your hillside home, driving home from the dentist drunk and high in your late model Mercedes, then there might be something here for you.
Otherwise forget it. The parable's an obvious one that neither tells nor shows anything that most well rounded people don't already know. Ultimately it was an experiment that, on its own terms, is an absolute bomb, and adds nothing to the mid-life crisis theme. In short the characters are dumber than dirt, and the producers pulled a fast one on the movie going public.
The reason this film was as successful as it was was because the adolescents and pre-adolescents could see some T&A once the thing aired on cable or satellite. For that matter over sexed older males probably found it equally palatable. However, given the availability of more explicit material on the net today, this is, by comparison, somewhat tame.
Having said all this the performances are fine, but story and direction are rather lacking, and slow. Presumably this was done to make the speed of the film more appealing to an older generation. Yet, at the same time, there's a minor element of crude humor which seems patently out of place, the sex, and quirky-odd and unfunny slapstick that might raise a grin.
When all is said and done you have yourself a film that isn't worth a whole lot. Avoid if you can.
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