Jason Stuart, Judy Tenuta, Alexandra Paul
Directed by Michael Gallant
Culture Q Connection
Stand-up comic Jason Stuart plays Josh, a thirty-something guy who, after discovering his spouse has been cheating on him is set up on ten blind dates by a well-meaning friend. This indie comedy is quite entertaining despite the few continuity and lighting flaws common to most small-budget independent movies.
Can Josh find true love? Considering he is a personable, sensitive guy with a sense of humour and a good job (the exact thing everybody is said to be looking for) the answer is of course not. The fun in this movie is watching Josh go through a succession of encounters with the weirdest single people on the planet.
Josh's adventures begin with surfing internet dating sites for the right person. This is a very funny scene. Date number two is someone who is the last living Marky Mark fan and has crushes on various pop stars. Date 3 is someone looking for a third in a swinging experience, 4 is in the armed forces, 5 a personal trainer, 6 a married French accountant and, by the way, Josh most certainly meets more than his share of married people. Date number 7 looks like a great match until that person goes absolutely ballistic over a lime wedge. This is followed by date number 8, a name-dropping casting director, date number 9 a prostitute who is part of Josh?s therapy group, and 10 a married advertising executive who stands-up Josh to go out with someone else.
Having given up on the dating scene, Josh decides to go back home to Cleveland and seems to meet the right person in someone he sort of went to high school with who is also going back to Cleveland.
Although it does have its flaws, this is a funny movie. The scenes in the therapy group with Judy Tenuta as Glenda the tic-tac-toe playing therapist are funny. Tenuta;s advice, It's only a problem when they know the lyrics to a Sheryl Crow song, is bizarre.
Weaknesses, aside from Josh?s on-again, off-again facial hair, are the interview segments with Josh's mother and a flashback to high school scene that seems inserted in the middle of the movie to connect to its ending.
Nevertheless, this is a fun little comedy, and Jason Stuart most certainly carries the movie.
Extras include outtakes, the trailer, a behind the scenes, a couple of different takes on some scenes and something called Skin, featuring all the male eye-candy that populates 10 Attitudes.