Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Ten - A movie with a Spanish-speaking librarian

My very first post on this blog I expressed gratitude to Martin Raish for inspiring this blog with his "Librarians in the Movies" webpage. Martin has since retired and no longer maintains the page. I have seen a few library movies that are not on his page, but so far have not posted about them. I could not hold myself back, however, from writing about The Ten, an exceptionally irreverent look at the Ten Commandments. The movie comprises 10 vingnettes (some of which are tied to each other) and connecting each section is a story of the movie director (played by Paul Rudd) and his wife. The stories are crazy silly. One wonders exactly which drug induced them.

We wound up watching this movie because it hasWynona Ryder in it. We have been fans since we saw her in that classic '80s "mean girl" film Heathers in 1988. Ryder did not play the librarian in this one though. This was ably done by Gretchen Mol. The best part about Mol's character (Gloria Jennings) was that she also spoke Spanish. Gloria travels to Mexico on a long vacation where she meets and falls in love with a young man named Jesus. She soon discovers that the man she is dating is, in fact, the son of God, in town for the Second Coming. He is taking his time, however, getting around to the Apocolypse since he has found other, more interesting, things to do. When Gloria realizes she cannot maintain a long-term romantic relationship with the Savior, she calls it quits and marries Oliver, a co-worker to whom she has no physical attraction. Hmmm. This actually sounds eeriliy like the thirty-something librarian mentioned in my post about the book Your Daughter's Bedroom that I wrote earlier this week. A little spooky, I must say.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review of a fun and, as you say, irreverent, movie. Good use of "comprises" as well!