Commandments

Overview

In this dark comedy, Seth Warner (Aidan Quinn) is a good man having a run of bad luck. His pregnant wife disappeared in the ocean during a trip to the beach, a tornado destroyed his house while leaving everything else in the neighborhood untouched, his boss fired him, and he was struck by a bolt of lightning that also injured his dog. While recovering in the hospital, Seth comes to the conclusion that God has cursed him. His brother-in-law Harry (Anthony LaPaglia) thinks that this conclusion is absurd -- after ...
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Overview

In this dark comedy, Seth Warner (Aidan Quinn) is a good man having a run of bad luck. His pregnant wife disappeared in the ocean during a trip to the beach, a tornado destroyed his house while leaving everything else in the neighborhood untouched, his boss fired him, and he was struck by a bolt of lightning that also injured his dog. While recovering in the hospital, Seth comes to the conclusion that God has cursed him. His brother-in-law Harry (Anthony LaPaglia) thinks that this conclusion is absurd -- after all, Harry reasons, he violates five or six commandments every day before lunch, and things are just great with him. This notion puts a bug in Seth's ear, and when he gets out of the hospital, he decides to confront God by deliberately violating all ten commandments; he hopes to start by seducing Harry's wife, Rachel (Courteney Cox).
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Although it doesn't quite work on every level to which it aspires, this highly creative misfire from director Daniel Taplitz recalls other noble failures such as Joe vs. the Volcano (1990) and A Pyromaniac's Love Story (1995) in its loopy, addled charm. Purposely offbeat, Commandments mixes magical realism with eccentric characters and dark comedy to result in a bizarre but entertaining stew that can never quite be taken seriously when it's sober and is never quite hilarious when it's not. It's a singular style that may be interpreted as "confusing" by the masses, but this intriguing sub-genre does have its admirers and those with unusual tastes will appreciate it. The presence of producer Ivan Reitman would lead a credits-reader to expect something broader, but Commandments is for gourmands only.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • UPC: 025192619120
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,172

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aidan Quinn Seth Warner
Courteney Cox Rachel Luce
Anthony LaPaglia Harry Luce
Louis Zorich Rudy Warner
Pamela Gray Melissa Murphy
Pat McNamara Police Chief
Kevin Dunn David Ward
Joanna Going Karen Warner
Tom Aldredge Mr. Mann
Alice Drummond Mrs. Mann
Jack Gilpin Gordon Bloom
Amy Sedaris Scholar
Technical Credits
Daniel Taplitz Director, Screenwriter
Stephen Alesch Art Director
Connie Brink Special Effects
Alan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Chinich Producer
John Dunn Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Fernberger Camera Operator
Daniel Goldberg Producer
Joseph Grossberg Special Effects Supervisor
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Michael Jablow Editor
Lynn Kressel Casting
Joe Medjuck Producer
Nellie Nugiel Co-producer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
Robin Standefer Production Designer
J. Miller Tobin Asst. Director
Joseph Vitarelli Songwriter
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