’10’ (1979)

BLAKE EDWARDS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1979, .  Screenplay by Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Blake Edwards.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Pleasantly enjoyable sex comedy by Blake Edwards that never really amounts to much.  Successful songwriter Dudley Moore is in a serious relationship with famous singer Julie Andrews, but the two haven’t made any definite decisions about their future. Moore catches a glimpse of a bride on her way to her wedding ( in a breakthrough role) and falls madly in love (actually becomes obsessed) with her. He follows Derek and her new husband (, later to play Flash Gordon) to Mexico where they are vacationing for their honeymoon, sparking a mid-life crisis comedy, but is she really what he is looking for?

Lots of sunny locales, beautiful naked bodies and Edwards’ clever wit abound, but the film suffers from not being able to decide if it’s a comedy of slapstick proportions or something deeper.  Derek is actually quite charming, too classy to be believable as a reckless dumb blonde, while Andrews is underused as Moore’s neglected love.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Original Score; Best Original Song (“It’s Easy To Say”)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Dudley Moore); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Julie Andrews); Best Original Score

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