A new movie set to be released this Friday will feature the Ten Commandments from the Bible in a very unflattering way.
â€The Ten,â€ written by the same director of Wet Hot American Summer, is a compilation of ten different stories, each depicting one of the ancient commandments given to Moses by God.
Christians have expressed their concern about the film and how it degrades and insults God and His laws. Many critics, however, believe the movie will have little influence.
â€œThe Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years,â€ explained â€œThe Tenâ€ director David Wain on the filmâ€™s website. â€œIf you’ve ever taken a Sunday off, or if you’ve ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it.â€
The film has a number of stars in it including Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Winona Ryder, Oliver Platt and Jessica Alba. Each of them either stars or plays minor roles in each of the short scripts. Each uses the Bible to create a foundation for an often inappropriate caricature.
A main example of one of the acts tells the story of a virgin librarian who takes a trip to Mexico and experiences a sexual awakening with a local named Jesus H. Christ.
Other shorts include a prisoner coveting his inmateâ€™s â€œwife,â€ a woman who steals a ventriloquist doll after she falls in love with it, and a police detective who covets his neighborâ€™s Cat Scan machine.
Some Christian leaders feel that the film is part of a larger trend of increasing antagonism toward Christianity and religion in America.
“This is going to be a very negative attack on faith and values,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, to World Net Daily. “It’s very sad society has descended into this attack mode.”
There have been mixed reviews towards the film, with some finding the over-the-top humor entertaining while others feeling it went too far.
The review by the Associated Press gave it one and a half out of four stars.
â€œAnytime you compile a series of vignettes and call it a feature film, you’re going to have hits and misses. It’s the nature of the structure,â€ reviewed Christy Lemire of AP. â€œâ€™The Ten,â€™ unfortunately, has more misses.â€
Many faith-based critics are not greatly worried about the impact it will have morally, however.
Its distributor, City Lights Pictures, is not one of the major companies and should not be far reaching.
“This [film] is not going to be a major influence,” added Baehr.
Still, movie critics are voicing their concerns over the spoofing of something featured so prominently in Judaism and Christianity.
“In the old film code, you couldn’t defame anyone’s religion,” Baehr said.