Picks and Pans Review: 10

updated 11/05/1979 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/05/1979 01:00AM

Though director Blake Edwards, the Pink Panther's progenitor, is responsible for 10, it is a film of a different color. He has again cast a gifted British comic, Dudley (Foul Play) Moore, as the lead. But while Moore, as a pop composer who begins to feel obsolete at 42, handles a few pratfalls nicely, there's a darker mood here. When Moore decides that his longtime lady friend, Julie Andrews, has lost her savor, he pursues an impossibly beautiful young girl he sees on the street one day. The movie rides, unevenly, on the pursuit, which waffles between fantasy and reality. Moore is funny and sometimes touching. Andrews (Mrs. Blake Edwards) swears a lot, but is still mainly sweet in a small role. Most memorable is the actress who plays Moore's irresistible vision: Bo Derek, 22. Wife of actor John Derek, she has the strong-featured, voluptuous good looks of Derek's ex, Ursula An-dress, and then some. Edwards uses her almost as decoration, which the slow, murky-looking film often needs. The title comes from Moore's rating of feminine beauty on a scale of 1-to-10, though he actually gives Derek an 11. She clearly deserves it. (R)

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