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The Ten (2007)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jeff Reigert
... Stephen Montgomery
... Skydiving Guide Chris Knarl
... Kelly La Fonda
... Dr. Glenn Richie / Cartoon Voices
Todd Holoubek ... Camera Man Stuart Blumberg
... Louis La Fonda
... 'Entertainment Beat' Host George Reardon
Raisy Pereyra ... Dorothy Sheen
Edmund Genest ... Governor Beaumont Hutchins (as Edmond Genest)
... Fielding Barnes
Heidi Neurauter ... Helen Campbell-Holland
... Harlan Swallow (as Michael Ziegfeld)
... Salazar 'Fred' McBairn
... Polly 'Carol' Samuels


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.


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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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Das 10 Gebote Movie  »

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Box Office


$5,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,374, 5 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$766,487, 30 September 2007
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Amanda Peet was initially attached to this movie. See more »


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


[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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Performed by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack
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Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Written in Stone
15 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

(Mild Spoilers)

Okay, David Wain's "The Ten" isn't attempting to redefine the genre of sketch comedy or satire, nor does it pass judgement on the religious iconography it uses as a template. It merely cheekily plays with the idea of the commandments in a smutty and more often than not, unique way. What I think the strongest part of this film is, is its pre-occupation with the perverse and how one can play that out on screen. The repetition of the Spanish word for vagina, Winona Ryder's hysterical relationship with that dummy, Oliver Platt's "Arnie" impression, Liev Schreiber's cat scan machines and the untimely death of hundreds of children, are all irreverent and interesting approaches to the lessons or moral codes of the ten commandments. Whilst some are better executed than others, I particularly appreciated the astute connection between the "Adultery" segment and Woody Allen's films. The use of the stamp jazz soundtrack as the camera moves down a busy New York street, the inclusion of Dianne Weist as a needy wife, and the self-indulgence of our two infidels all really hit the mark. Even their dialogue seems to be mocking Allen's neurotic adulterous characters. Which, as a Woody Allen fan, I really got into.

If for anything else, one should give "The Ten" a go for its wonderful utilisation of well- known actors for comedy. They seem to really be holding absolutely nothing back, and that is actually a thrilling experience to watch. Particularly the work of Winona Ryder, whose drive off into the sunset with no hands on her steering wheel, crying and laughing like a lunatic whilst sitting next to her lover, a wooden dummy, got me so giggly I couldn't breathe.

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