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Ten, The (2007)

Director(s): David Wain

Theatrical Release: 2007

Cast: Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, Winona Ryder, Kerri Kenney-Silver, Ken Marino

Genre(s): Comedy, religion, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Independent > Comedy

(4 / 4)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 96m.

Much of the group responsible for MTV's The State - including director/actor David Wain and performers Ken Marino, Kerri Kinney-Silver and Joe Lo Truglio - reunite for this outrageous, irreverent and raunchy sketch comedy, which skewers the Ten Commandments. In the framing sequences, comedian Paul Rudd (who collaborated with much of the cast on Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter) stands on a black stage with giant Biblical tablets projected behind him, and promises to deliver ten mini-stories, each loosely based on one of the commandments, from "Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me" through "Thou Shalt Not Covet." For all of the storyteller's efforts, however, he is constantly, comically distracted by interferences, particularly those emanating from intrusions by his multiple girlfriends. The stories are nonetheless told, one-by-one, in short film form, beginning with a sketch where Stephen (Adam Brody) goes skydiving with his intended, Kelly (Winona Ryder) but forgets to wear his parachute and gets stuck in the mud, waist deep, which draws gawkers, media, and in time, worshippers. Several of the subsequent stories consist of raunchy, jet-black riffs on sexual perversion, including one about a virginal librarian (Gretchen Mol) entangled in a sultry and messy affair with a Mexican, and another memorable bit about a nutty surgeon who plays a prank by burying a pair of scissors in a patient's stomach and is then sent to prison - where he experiences brutal sexual abuse at the hands of other men. As an added bonus, the picture packs in a fully animated sequence, narrated by several crack-smokers, entitled 'The Lying Rhino.' (


DVD Special Features:

! Alternate-take and deleted-scene vignettes - over 55 minutes

! Audio commentary with David Wain, Ken Marino and Paul Rudd - plus soothing jazz and David's parents

! Special interview with David Wain, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino

! Exclusive episode of Wainy Days

! "The Making of The Ten" featurette

! Exclusive (and outrageous) ringtones and wallpaper