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Movie Review: The Ten

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I'm not really sure how to review a movie like The Ten. It's more a collection of skits than a movie anyway and much like, say Jackass or Borat, there's really only one question to answer: is it funny? I would enthusiastically say 'yes' to all three, but the humor in The Ten is so specific that I expect a lot of people won't like it. This was definitely the case in the screening I attended. On several occasions I heard the person sitting to my immediate right audibly begging for the movie to end. Meantime, I was laughing my ass off.

As I mentioned above, the humor in The Ten is of a very distinct type. If you've seen director David Wain's other feature, Wet Hot American Summer or ever watched The State, you'll know what I mean: banal normalcy meets frank absurdism without blinking. This is perfectly illustrated in one of the sketches where Ken Marino and Rob Corddry have a meet-cute in prison which naturally devolves into an affectionate discussion of anal-rape which they laughingly insist must be "against your will".