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God: Coming to a Movie Theater Near You

“The Ten,” a comedy about the Ten Commandments (yes, you read that right) opens today. It’s not showing here in Fredericksburg, so you can’t rush out to see it this weekend. But it follows on the heels of two other comedies with religious themes this summer: “Evan Almighty” and “License to Wed.” The last two movies are more light-hearted and could have more mass appeal to the religious community (one pastor I talked to loved “License to Wed,” and “Evan Almighty” was marketed to Christian audiences). But “The Ten” is a satire and the description at calls the 10 stories based on the commandments blasphemous.

It seems like religion, long missing from mainstream movies, is now becoming a major part of motion pictures. And in the comedy genre of all places. Is faith that funny? Are movie makers missing the point? Is there a place for more serious movies about religion? I personally am hoping no one makes another “Ten Commandments.”

Anyway, if you want to know more about “The Ten,” here’s what the director had to say on his Web site:

The Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years.  If you’ve ever taken a Sunday off, or if you’ve ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it.

And if you want to comment about the Ten Commandments, and their relevance to our society today, let me know. I’m working on a story about them. My number is 540/735-1973 and my email is