The TenAugust 21, 2008
Ten stories, each inspired by one of the ten commandments.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 5.1/10 (11,858 voted)
Critic's Score: 50/100
Stars: Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder
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.
Writers: Ken Marino, David Wain
Skydiving Guide Chris Knarl
Kelly La Fonda
Dr. Glenn Richie
Camera Man Stuart Blumberg
Louis La Fonda
'Entertainment Beat' Host George Reardon
Governor Beaumont Hutchins
(as Edmond Genest)
Salazar 'Fred' McBairn
Polly 'Carol' Samuels
If He'd meant the commandments literally, He'd have written them in stone.
Release Date: 21 August 2008
Filming Locations: Mexico
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $121,374
(5 August 2007)
(30 September 2007)
Did You Know?
Along with being the voice during the animation sequence, H. Jon Benjamin was supposed to be the Lying Rhino body. Benjamin did not show up to the set that day so the part was recast to Peter Salett.
I'm sorry, I had to go, okay?
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.
"The Ten Commandments" ten stories, alright? You knew about this when you married me, this is what I do.
Hello? Hello? Unbelievable.
About 3 commandments worth of comedy
There were some good ideas for the sketches but it seems like the
writers couldn't figure out how to develop them. The result is
something you might see at a high school production with a single
sight-gag or punchline stretched to fit the allotted time. It's not
that the gag is bad or stupid (though sometime it is) – it's just that
you can't fill 10 minutes of dead time with one joke.
There are a couple of funnier commandments that got more than half a
laugh. Winona Ryder is a scream – she of course is in the sketch about
the do not steal commandment. (See how clever that is – this movie is
full of them…) Unfortunately, the funnier sketches are at the end of
the movie and you have to sit through an hour to get there.
This reminds me a lot of SNL – the current incarnation – not the
"classic" incarnations. If you watch SNL you'll probably like this. If
you find SNL an interminable bore, like I do – then avoid…