- The Ten
name = The Ten
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
Ken Marino David Wain
Jessica Alba Winona Ryder Paul Rudd Famke Janssen Adam Brody Gretchen Mol
released = flagicon|USA
August 3, 2007
runtime = 93 min.
budget = $3.75M (estimated)
imdb_id = 0811106
"The Ten" is a comedy film directed by
David Wainand cowritten by Ken Marinothrough ThinkFilm. The film was released on August 3, 2007. The DVDwas released on January 15, 2008.
Ten stories, each inspired by one of the
* (Thou Shalt Worship No God Before Me)
A guy (
Adam Brody) who becomes a celebrity after falling out of a plane and becoming permanently embedded in the ground. After a swift rise to stardom, he becomes prideful and arrogant, referring to himself as a god. His career falls apart and he loses everything. His fiance ( Winona Ryder) leaves him for a TV anchor man.
* (Thou Shalt Not Take the Lord's Name in Vain)
A librarian (
Gretchen Mol) who has a sexual awakening in Mexicowith a swarthy local ( Justin Theroux) who turns out to be the real Jesus Christ. She eventually settles down and marries her coworker ( A. D. Miles), but is secretly reminded of her fling with Jesus whenever her family prays before a meal.
* (Thou Shalt Not Murder)
A doctor (
Ken Marino) who kills his patient by leaving a pair of scissors inside her abdomen during surgery. Despite expecting the charges to be dropped because he left the scissors in "as a goof", the judge and jury sentence him to life in prison.
* (Honor Thy Mother and Thy Father)
A white mother (
Kerri Kenney-Silver) who enlists an Arnold Schwarzeneggerimpersonator ( Oliver Platt) to be a father figure to her black children after telling them the actor turned California governor is their biological father. It is revealed that their father is in reality Arsenio Hall, but they decide to keep the Arnold impersonator as part of the family because despite not being able to imitate Arsenio, he can also do a pretty good Eddie Murphyimpression.
*(Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Goods)
A police detective (
Liev Schreiber) who covets his neighbor's CAT Scanmachine. After continuously buying additional CAT Scan machines to one up each other, both of their wives leave them. After hitting rock bottom the two neighbors reconcile and go out for a drink. Meanwhile a disaster at a nuclear power plant leaves a busload of school children in need of several CAT Scan machines. They arrive at the neighbors' houses but the doors are locked and the two men are at the bar, so all the children die.
* (Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife)
A prisoner (
Rob Corddry) who desires a fellow inmate's "bitch" for his own.
* (Thou Shalt Not Steal)
The woman (Winona Ryder) from the first story, having recently married the TV anchor man, falls in love with a ventriloquist's puppet, steals it and runs off to have a romantic relationship with it.
* (Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness)
The ventriloquist, having lost his dummy and become a heroin-addicted homeless person, is told by another homeless man a story about an animated rhinoceros (voice of
H. Jon Benjamin) who earns a reputation as a liar. After learning that a band of weiner dogis intent on infecting others with a fatal STD, the rhinoceros tries to warn everyone. Unfortunately, nobody believes him, and they all succumb to the STD (following an orgy) and die. It is then revealed that the rhinoceros now sells drugs to the homeless men.
* (Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy)
The husband from the second story (A. D. Miles) skips church with his family to get naked with his friends and listen to
* (Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery)
Jeff Reigert (
Paul Rudd) presents all of these stories to the audience, while struggling with his own moral dilemma: having to choose between his beautiful wife ( Famke Janssen) and his also beautiful but somewhat younger mistress ( Jessica Alba).
Winona Ryderas Kelly LaFonda
Jessica Albaas Liz Anne Blazer
Adam Brodyas Stephen Montgomery
Famke Janssenas Gretchen Reigert
Justin Therouxas Jesus
Oliver Plattas Marc Jacobson
Liev Schreiberas Ray Johnson
Paul Ruddas Jeff Reigert
Gretchen Molas Gloria Jennings
Rob Corddryas Duane Rosenblum
Michael Ziegfeldas Harlan Swallow & Gary
Ken Marinoas Dr. Glenn Richie
Janeane Garofaloas Beth
Matthew Zickelas Louis La Fonda
Kerri Kenney-Silveras Bernice Jaffe
A.D. Milesas Oliver Jennings
Michael Showalteras Police Lt. Flarn Bairn
David Wainas Abe Grossman
Thomas Lennonas Scotty Pale
Bobby Cannavaleas Marty
Ron Silveras Fielding Barnes
Joe Lo Truglioas Paul
Zandy Hartigas Sally/Callie
Robert Ben Garantas Bob
Jason Sudeikisas Tony
Cedric Sandersas Greg
*Arlen Escarpeta as Todd
Kevin Allisonas Stanley
Nina Hellmanas Nancy
Michael Mulherenas Big Buster
Rashida Jonesas Rebecca
Famke Janssen) says she is now dating Jim Stansel when Jeff ( Paul Rudd) goes to see her. Jim Stansel is a name of an old co-worker of Wain's father used by Beth ( Janeane Garofalo) in Wain's Wet Hot American Summerwhen she tries to go learn about astrophysics to impress Henry ( David Hyde Pierce). She says "she has to go meet Jim Stansel".
Robert Ben Garant) is seen during the "Remember The Sabbath and Keep It Holy" story explaining Pink Floyd's The Wallusing the same dialogue from the very first sketch by The State in which, Garant explains the album/movie to little children at a birthday party.
* [http://www.thetenmovie.com/a1_statement.php Official Website - Director's Statement]
* [http://www.thetenmovie.com THE TEN-Official Site]
* [http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6698678974 THE TEN on Facebook]
* [http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/ten2007 "The Ten"] at
* [http://www.jewreview.net/article.php?id=1544 David Wain and Ken Marino chat up The Ten on JewReview.net]
* [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/features/columns/e3i41847dd9a1454e508642e94a98f994d2 Hollywood Reporter critical review]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0811106/ The Ten] at
* [http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/493843,CNT-News-ten03.article Chicago Sun-Times critical review]
* [http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/03/DDIERBUCA2.DTL San Francisco Chronicle review]
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