Take the 10
By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dreadful, violent comedy has cursing, drugs.
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters steal money, steal drugs, steal expensive tickets to a sold-out concert, take drugs. Other characters are gangbangers, gambling and drug addicts, and strippers.
Violence & Scariness
One of the lead characters ends up being the driver in a drive-by shooting. No one is killed, but handguns and machine guns are used to excess. Lead characters have their car shot out while driving down the highway by a gangbanger angered that one of the lead characters stole his expensive concert tickets and drugs. Gangbanger trying to collect money from a gambling addict who owes him money pulls out a handgun and sticks in the crotch of the gambling addict. Gun pulled on one of the lead characters, threatened to get shot in the shoulder. Character stabbed in the hand with a knife. Older brother verbally bullies his younger brother, both well into adulthood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent graphic references to oral sex, sexual intercourse, ejaculation. Talk of "sloppy seconds," broken condoms. A used car is compared to having sex with a 45-year-old mother. The boss of a supermarket is shown in his office on the verge of masturbating to one of his employee's Facebook pages. Talk of searching for porn on the internet. Character watches porn while driving.
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Frequent and unrelenting profanity, including regular uses of "f--k" and variations and the "N" word. One use of the word "c--t." One use of "dyke" in an insulting manner. Pretty much every other curse word is used in every minute of the movie.
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Products & Purchases
Much of the movie is set in a supermarket obviously modeled after Whole Foods.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character takes a drug called "moon rocks" at an outdoor concert, starts acting very affectionate toward everyone around him. The boss of a supermarket uses drugs, and makes a drug deal. Marijuana smoking. Cigarette smoking. Beer drinking.
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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.
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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?
- On DVD or streaming: January 20, 2017
- Cast: Josh Peck, Tony Revolori, Kevin Corrigan
- Director: Chester Tam
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship
- Run time: 80 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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