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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...,
This review is from: 10 [DVD]  (DVD)
Director Blake Edwards delivers a story that dares to touch upon these risqué devices. "10" in it's own way has become a mere reference mid-life crisis film.
At his 42nd surprise birthday party, George Webber (Dudley Moore) is given a reflective look back at a life that is no longer of stable and secure ground. We come to learn through his own expressions that here is a man that has a tremendous talent for song writing, who has established himself in the art community and has proven to be very successful. A man whom has the world in his pocket! Or does he? Instead, he is in the World's pocket. Tucked blindly away living a sheltered life from the abnormalities of life as known to only him. Or what he has always perceived as abnormal.
It is this very mid-life "awakening" that takes root and begins to grow like a tumor and helps elevate the fear in George's mind that his entire life has been nothing but some schemed joke. That something has rudely illuminated the trick that has suckered him into living too conservative a life.
Besides age playing the only factor for George's fears, is also his voyeuristic sightings of a playboy neighbour (Don Calfa) who displays none of the like qualities that this well disposed and mild-mannered man possesses, with his league of naked women running about and his wild drug induced parties where promiscuity is standard fare.
While much of this could have been safely viewed from afar it is the rather consequential that George falls in love one afternoon with a beautiful Bride in search of her wedding (played by newcomer and future sex goddess Bo Derek) while at a stop sign. One stare is all it takes to roll out the carpet of stumbling adventures for our dear Mr. Webber.
Each situation further escalates the troubles in which George is to encounter. However, none of these shortcomings derails him. Such as when he follows the bride to the church and he is watching her walk inside and is suddenly jerked out of his day-dreamt thoughts by the sound of breaking glass and screeching metal as he collides head on with a police cruiser. A Hollywood Hills police cruiser!
Further complicating things for George, is girlfriend Samantha (Julie Andrews) who is not as high strung as George but resembles his character in many ways, and often compliments it even, but for George and in his life now, a mirror image of himself in the form of the opposite sex is not what he needs nor desires. Thus, an argument soon ensues and soon George is tracking down this unforgettable goddess to who has since their somewhat accidental introduction, been glued to his every thought.
Finally, after going through an excruciating dental appointment done by the infatuates father, he emerges forth with the brides honeymoon destination: the steaming hot beaches of Mexico! So as fast as you can say "Delta" he is on the first flight out of Santa Monica.
More funny capers emerge (even an attempted side railed love affair with another woman whom he had met at a previous dinner party prevails unsuccessful) none of which dissuade George's attention to the awe-inspiring beauty which is Jenny.
As with any descent ending, our troubled friend George does find what he has been looking for. Sort of. Is it Jenny? Or does he learn that the woman he has all ready is the pot of gold at the end of his rainbow? And certainly I don't mean nor want to spoil the entire film, but the moral of the story is quite simple and clear: the grass always seems greener on the other side. A phrase that many of us have heard one too many times yet still find ourselves climbing over that fence to see if what is being forewarned is really as dangerous as it sounds.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
There is an old saying, "Be careful of what you ask for, you might get it". But men will be men, and when Dudley Moore sees the beautiful Bo Derek HIS characteristics-part falls, drunkenness, sexual fantasies about younger women Bo Derek he is so compelled to follow her to Mexico. I suspect most of us men have had the same impulse, though I doubt very many of us have taken it to the extreme that Dudley Moore does here.
I immensely enjoyed this movie. It is filled with situations that blend together perfectly and create some of the UN-canniest situations ever to be witnessed. It is this sort of mastery writing done by Edwards that has perhaps inspired many a comedies
"10" remains just that when it comes to it's quality factors. Everything has been done beautifully, from the writing, to the casting, to the music, to even the choice of inebriating spirits.
Dudley Moore is a natural comedic genius!and in THIS FILM is most definitely a perfect "10"!.