Like Movie 43, The Ten is a series of sketches, in this case united around modern-day tales illustrating the Ten Commandments. Imagine Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue as made by the MTV sketch troupe The State. The latter are, in fact, the people behind this anthology. David Wain directed, Wain and Ken Marino co-wrote, and almost the whole troupe is on screen, along with Paul Rudd, Famke Janssen, Jessica Alba, Dianne Wiest, Winona Ryder, Jon Hamm, Gretchen Mol, Jason Sudeikis, Ron Silver, Justin Theroux, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Rob Corddry, Janeane Garofalo, and Rashida Jones. The sketches are hit or miss; their success depends largely on whether or not you have a taste for casual, scatological Python-esque sacrilege and blasphemy (one of the funniest segments involves a mousy Mol traveling to Mexico and having a passionate affair with Jesus Christ). The idea seems to be to create a cult movie sensation like the gang’s Wet Hot American Summer, but it’s hard to catch lightning in a bottle twice.
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