“10”

Synopsis: A temptingly tasteful comedy for adults who can count.

On a laughter scale, Blake Edwards’ “10”, a spicy comedy of manners, morals, and midlife crises, hits the top. It’s a film of many moods, sometimes sexy, sometimes thoughtful, sometimes slapstick – but always on target. That target is forty two year old composer, George Webber (Dudley Moore), a man who has everything – and who may just chuck it all in an obsessive quest for a beautiful woman (Bo Derek) he glimpses en route to her wedding.
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“10” 7.5

Sad to say, but despite the almost omnipresent media coverage of Bo Derek running on the beach, and the subsequent exposure the film received, I had never seen this film until now – over 30 years later.

It’s a solid film, mixing drama and comedy like Edwards often did towards the end. Here, he does it effortlessly and it’s a terrific mix. The performances by Moore and Andrews are very good, absolutely credible, so the film breezes by – irrespective of its full 2-hour length (another Edwards tradition).

As for Bo Derek, it’s hardly surprising that her career only lasted so long: she only served as eye candy, the Megan Fox her days, I suppose. Except that the lens caresses her lovingly, here, whereas the camera has leered at Fox pornographically.

I almost gave this one an 8.0, except that the film petered out towards the end. Still, for a story that’s about a 40-year old man’s midlife crisis, a dismally dull topic if any, it held up most of the way – and even manages to be ageless.

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