“She was the most beautiful girl I have ever seen.”
A middle-aged composer (Dudley Moore) in a steady relationship with a singer (Julie Andrews) becomes obsessed with a beautiful young woman (Bo Derek) he spots through a car window.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Blake Edwards Films
- Dudley Moore Films
- Julie Andrews Films
- Midlife Crisis
- Obsessive Love
- Romantic Comedy
Response to Peary’s Review:
Although “10” immediately evokes images of cornrowed sex goddess Bo Derek running across a beach, it’s not her story; instead, the film centers on a man (Moore) who has fame, money, and a beautiful lover, yet suffers from the incurable sense that the grass is always greener — sexually speaking — on the younger side. Unlike the obnoxiously dissatisfied schmuck played by Albert Brooks in Modern Romance (1981), Moore’s restless composer makes for an unusually sympathetic protagonist: he’s someone we care about even though we immediately recognize the folly of his desires.
Andrews is fine as Moore’s long-suffering girlfriend, and gets to sing a couple of nice Henry Mancini songs — but her too-perfect British accent quickly becomes distracting. More impressive, believe it or not, is Derek, who — once she finally becomes a three-dimensional character rather than simply the distant object of Moore’s lust — gives a natural and appealing performance. Though director Blake Edwards tries a bit too hard for laughs with his repeated attempts at slapstick humor (as when Moore tumbles down a hill and struggles to climb back up again), overall this remains a surprisingly honest look at middle-aged male sexuality.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Dudley Moore as the lust-struck composer
- Beautiful Bo Derek in her first significant screen role
- Moore’s constant voyeurism through his telescope
No, but it’s worth a look simply to see Derek in her infamous breakthrough role.