Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.

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David Wain
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Jeff Reigert
Adam Brody ... Stephen Montgomery
Jon Hamm ... Skydiving Guide Chris Knarl
Winona Ryder ... Kelly La Fonda
Ken Marino ... Dr. Glenn Richie / Cartoon Voices
Todd Holoubek Todd Holoubek ... Camera Man Stuart Blumberg
Mather Zickel ... Louis La Fonda
Ali Marsh ... 'Entertainment Beat' Host George Reardon
Raisy Pereyra Raisy Pereyra ... Dorothy Sheen
Edmund Genest Edmund Genest ... Governor Beaumont Hutchins (as Edmond Genest)
Ron Silver ... Fielding Barnes
Heidi Neurauter Heidi Neurauter ... Helen Campbell-Holland
Michael Paul ... Harlan Swallow (as Michael Ziegfeld)
Jason Antoon ... Salazar 'Fred' McBairn
Andrea Rosen ... Polly 'Carol' Samuels
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Storyline

Quirky inter-related stories. Standing by two tablets, Jeff promises to introduce ten short stories, each about one of the commandments. A man survives a fall from a plane and his fiancée marries someone else before falling in love with a marionette; a surgeon causes the death of a patient and in prison tries to choose his mate; a woman encounters Jesus in Mexico and later confronts her husband on the Sabbath; twins and their mother reflect on fatherhood; covetous neighbors miss a chance to be heroes; and, between each story, Jeff's love triangle with Gretchen and Liz plays out. In the end, all the characters join in singing that it's all about love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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If He'd meant the commandments literally, He'd have written them in stone.

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong crude sexual content including dialogue and nudity, and for language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Paul Rudd's debut as a producer. See more »

Goofs

Dr. Glenn Ritchie (Ken Marino) left a pair of scissors inside one of his patients. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jeff Reigert: [phone rings] Hello?
Jeff Reigert: I'm sorry, I had to go, okay?
Jeff Reigert: Because I have to introduce the ten stories. I told this this before, we'll talk about this when I get home, alright? I'm late enough as it is.
Jeff Reigert: "The Ten Commandments" ten stories, alright? You knew about this when you married me, this is what I do.
Jeff Reigert: Hello? Hello? Unbelievable.
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Connections

References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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Something to Talk About
Written by Shirley Eikhard
Performed by Amy Miles
Published by Shirley Elkhard USA Music/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
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Go Fly a Kite!
6 August 2007 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

If you grew up watching MTV's "The State" and made a cult classic out of "Wet Hot American Summer," then you'll laugh yourself silly during the latest from the same comic troupe. Others probably won't get the humor. "The Ten" is one of those rare vignette comedies, intertwining ten insanely unique and monumentally stupid sketches about the Ten Commandments.

There's plenty of the same absurdity, like when two men compete to see who can buy the most CAT-scan machines or a librarian (a fetching Gretchen Mol) loses her virginity to Jesus Christ, and random humor that made their past efforts so uproarious. What other comedy would be so daring to make such obscure jokes of Diane Wiest and Timothy Dalton? However, "The Ten" is far more scatological than some of the group's earlier work and makes "Wet Hot American Summer" seem sweet and wholesome in comparison. They also go ridiculously overboard with gay-themed humor. This troupe likes to play homosexuals in the same way that Monty Python enjoyed dressing in drag as a subversive subtext to their comic styling.

While the sketches are hit and miss, it will keep you entertained as the group plumbs the depths of low-brow humor in high-brow ways. Director David Wain spoofs everything from literary chick-flicks to gritty cop and courtroom thrillers as well as emo-indie melodramas, Woody Allen, and redemption-in-prison-weepers. There's even a quote from Shakespeare in the oddest of places. My personal favorite aspect of the film was how dead-seriously Wain directed the segment where Winona Ryder (still adorable and still with all her acting chops) has an illicit affair with a ventriloquist's dummy. The range Ryder displays to make the joke work, as well as the way in which Wain uses the camera and frames the scenes is downright astounding.

Even when the humor is faltering, they will have you laughing at how disturbing some of it gets, especially during the emotional prison sketch. Also hilarious is their desperation to create a stupid catch phrase. Take your pick of "go fly a kite," "juicing my pecs," or the destined to be classic "...as a goof." Sure, it falls apart during the last three bits, but it caps off with some hilarious original songs recalling the morals of the stories over the closing credits. Be sure to stay to the very end. I'm still laughing. I wonder if anybody else will.


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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (Taiwan) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,374, 5 August 2007

Gross USA:

$769,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$785,528
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