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Take the 10
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Take the 10 is a 2017 Netflix Original movie about two slacker friends who steal and double-cross both their boss and a drug-dealing gangbanger while en route to an outdoor hip-hop concert. This movie is bad in every sense of the word. It's not funny, there is frequent and unrelenting cursing (including variations of "f--k" and the "N" word), frequent tasteless references to sex in various forms, and gun violence. None of the characters are likable or interesting, and are certainly not role models, as they lie, cheat, and steal. The graphic content makes this a movie not for kids and teens, and the excruciatingly bad attempts at humor make this movie a total waste of time for anyone else.
What's the story?
Chris (Josh Peck) and Chester (Tony Revolori) are two slacker cashiers at Wholesome Foods in TAKE THE 10. When their boss Danny (Kevin Corrigan) confronts Chester about stealing $5000 worth of organic store products and demands that he's paid back within the hour or he and Chris both go to jail, Chester decides to sell his car, and Chris steals counterfeit tickets to an outdoor hip-hop show from his scalper older brother (Andy Sandberg). This leads to Chester losing his car to violent criminals who want to use it in a drive-by, and Chris ends up scamming a drug dealer (Chester Tam) out of tickets, his drugs, and his girlfriend. This leads to the drug dealer in hot pursuit of Chris and Chester as they are en route to the hip-hop concert to try and sell both the fake tickets and the drugs. At the concert, they must find a way to get into the sold-out show, sell the tickets and the drugs, and somehow elude the drug dealer, who is out for revenge.
Is it any good?
This comedy is so not funny, it's hard to understand why it was even made. The unrelenting use of profanity or violence is supposed to somehow provoke laughter, but it just doesn't. Not even cameos from Fred Armisen and Andy Samberg can salvage things. As a "buddy" movie, as a raunchy comedy, as a dark comedy, as an action movie, it fails on every level.
The only remotely positive thing to say about Take the 10 is that the acting isn't half-bad. The actors do the best they can with what they have to work with, which isn't much. Possibilities and potential for real humor from and between the characters feels like it's almost there, but not enough time was devoted to exploring it. The end result is a comic misadventure lacking in both comedy and adventure.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the use of profanity in movies like Take the 10. Why is it used? When does it work in movies, and when does it not work? Should it be in any movie?
What are some other examples of movies in which characters aren't very likeable? What is the appeal of lead characters who aren't good, kind, smart, ethical?
How was violence used in this movie? Did it enhance the action or humor, or did it seem unnecessary and put in simply to enhance a lackluster story?
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