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A man finds out that what you dont say to a friend is just as important as what you do is this story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. Ronnys girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nicks wife, Geneva (Ryder), are by their sides. But Ronnys world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves into mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth to his best friend.
The Dilemma was OK. I have never really liked Vince Vaughn, but he was actually very good in it. The movie wasn't particularly funny, but it had a good storyline. I found it very basic and much longer than it had to be. It is what it is, just your typical ordinary romantic comedy. Not really my thing...
THE DILEMMA Â TRASH IT ( C- ) Biggest mistake, we think its VinceVaughn & Kevin James so, it will be a comedy. We actually forget thatit's directed by Ron Howard (Serious director) & stars JenniferConnelly & Winona Ryder plus Channing Tatum (Serious actors). The oddcombination of serious & comedic stars makes this movie a dark comedyor should I say Boring Dark Comedy? Vaughn & James had 0% chemistry; atleast I didn't buy them as friends at all. Together they didn't haveany good funny lines to say or scenes to perform. On the other handJennifer Connelly & Winona Ryder looked gorgeous and acted pretty welltoo. Channing Tatum was a fresh breeze and doll! Queen Latifah was goodas always. Overall, it's boring and disappointing to see that RonHoward gathers such talented cast and waste on no-brainer like this.Trash it!
The Dilemma is a semi-comedic movie starring Vince Vaughn & Kevin James as business partners and best friends. The movie involves Ronny (Mr. Vaughn) seeing his best friend Nick's (Mr. James) wife Geneva (Wynona Ryder) kissing another man (Channing Tatum) and struggling to try and tell Nick about it. Along the way, it becomes Ronny, who is a former gambling addict, who starts to come under suspicion for slipping back into his old habits by Nick & his girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly). Ronny & Nick have pitched a deal to Dodge to have them finance their work on an electric engine that has the sound and feel of old muscle cars. While there they are set up with Susan (Queen Latifah) who is an overzealous supervisor who talks of having lady wood at their idea. The film starts off as a straight comedy, but lapses into more a dark side with dramatic overtones. Mr. Vaughn doesn't veer off too far from his usual screen persona. Mr. Vaughn is a fast talking funny guy and who struggles with growing up, but comes to an adult decision in the end. Mr. James plays somewhat against type as a tightly wound worrier who doubts his gift at building car engines. The movie has a few funny moments including an especially funny scene where Ronny is giving a toast at Beth's parent's 40th anniversary party regarding second cousins, but overall a film with this much talent that includes two Oscar winners (Ms. Connelly and director Ron Howard) should be much more than this uneven affair.
In this film, you bring in a Fred Claus, a girlfriend of the Hulk, aPaul Blart, and an Ellen Ripley's robot partner and put them togetherfor something like a laugh-fest. The plot was nothing original, butwatching a comedy of relationship woes is always interesting,especially when it's a girl cheating on a boy. The characters developturned out to be a tad bit wacky, especially when it came to ChanningTatum's man, Zip. However, no one's is developed that way without apurpose. The plot stays true to the title name as much of what happensin the plot IS a dilemma. Also, Jennifer Connolly did well with herrole as she had one of the most believable characters of the entiremovie. Overall, it is a decent film that has more hits than misses.(July 12th, 2011) Grade: B- (7.3/10 Rating)
This review is from: The Dilemma [Blu-ray + Digital Copy] (Blu-ray) The 2011 comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, "The Dilemma", is the underrated comedy of 2011. It's not a gross out comedy like "The Hangover II" but one that actually begs the question "What if you knew your best friends' wife was cheating on him? It sounds like an odd premise, but it actually works well here. Vince Vaughn doesn't play his usual fast talking self (although there is a clever joke by James' character in the beginning that acknowledges that). Here he actally seems like a real person in a real predicament here. I would go so far as to say "The Dilemma" is his best since "Wedding Crashers". James is hilarious here too, he does alter his "King of Queens" persona a bit and brings in a hilarious performance as the man stuck in the middle of a love triangle. Also Chicago was used for the backdrop of the entire film, and is just beautiful. I think more films should be shot there. A fantastic, underrated movie.
It's Vince Vaughan and Kevin James. Must be a laugh riot? No? Directedby Ron Howard, perhaps it's an interesting, if sappy, drama. Nope. It'sjust a movie with mixed emotions and genres. The plot sounds funny, andthe cast would have you believe it would go that way. And yet, it's allplayed very straight. actually enjoyed it when it was being a drama. Itdidn't look for easy relationship fixes, and it didn't demonise anyone.James and Ryder are both portrayed as having flaws. At the same time itinsists on being funny, to which I can say, I didn't laugh out loudonce. It shows the difficulties of trust and balance in a relationship,but then has a misunderstanding turn into a slapstick fight, beforeshowing the true effects it has. We have awkward speeches that are justawkward and not funny. Perhaps this film was trying to show the seriousside of how a romantic comedy may actually play out. All it did wasconfuse. Ryder was fantastic in her role, and Vaughan and James havethe perfect on screen friendship. Not a bad watch, but not enjoyableeither.
I found the realistic drama found within "The Dilemma" to be refreshingand rewarding.The comments about a complete lack of comedy are false. While this maynot be the comedy that it was advertised to be - it's still aneffective piece of film-making with enough laughs to keep up the paceof the film and also keep the film from getting too heavy. It willstill be a bit heavy for the 15-25 yr old demographic, but for adultsthis is a rare treat because of how Ron Howard tackles the subjectmatter with such 'Honesty' as Vince Vaughn might say.The Dilemma actually balances the comedy and the drama quite well withstrong performances from all involved. The relationships thatsurrounded this 'Dilemma' came off as genuine. Everything worked,everything went how it might in real life, and everything works outwith an A-typical Hollywood ending(but with real BEST friends - it'srealistic too). Let's not crucify this piece of work for false advertising or somepurposefully unlikable characters - which quite honestly are the onlytwo things about this movie that I can understand that some people maynot like.Upon bringing this back up to review the film and seeing 5.8 - I'mdisappointed and starting to wonder if these big name Hollywoodcomedies that earn early bad raps(God knows there's been a lot of themlately) aren't getting piled on by people who haven't even seen themovie. This was a solid dramedy with Vince Vaughn in rare form, and therelationships are portrayed in a true-to-life manner.Kevin James does not have enough screen time, and Winona Ryderscharacter is flat-out unlikable, but effective none-the-less. The filmhas it's faults, but not many. This was obviously a bit too serious forsome. Compared to Grown-Ups or Couple's retreat this is a masterpiece,and while that's not saying much, let's make a clear separation betweenRon Howard's film here and the diluted, meaningless, even less-funnyHollywood crap that's scored higher. This is still a heartfelt filmthat deserves a higher rating here.Go rent it.68/100
I would happily give this a zero.The only good thing about the movie was that it ended.The writing is dire, the direction uninspired and the acting a waste ofthe talents of those involved.Predictable, preachy, pathetic. Worthy of the worst of the HallmarkChannel.It takes a lot for me to hate a movie - I like Phantom Menace! - butthis was the pits, even worse than The Avengers (Ralph Fiennes, SeanConnery one).Avoid at all costs.I would summarize the plot were there one.
Oh what a dog of a movie! Why does Vince Vaughan feature in thisdrivel? Like The Break Up his character is awful, an awful unkemptstupid man. The movie is over within the first hour when Geneva toldhim the cold hard facts of what she would do if he told. Did he takeheed? Of course not, as that would require intelligence andcommonsense! There was no dilemma in this movie, just the interferingcurtain twitching and beak sticking in of one foul man. Why anyonewould want to be in a relationship with Vaughan's character is beyondme. He is a cokk, pure and simple.The fatness of the men annoyed me too. Whatever happened to a slimattractive waistline?Avoid this movie. It's a lemon.
this movie was horrible. i'm a graduate student and don't have a lot of money. so after i started watching this i actually felt bad about spending one dollar to rent this from redbox. i love Kevin James or whatever his name is in most thing and that was the only reason i rented this movie but my wife and i both thought it was a complete waste of time.
I am Vince Vaughn's biggest fan. This movie is funny and entertaining. After awhile in the movie, you just wanted to say..."alllllright...enough already" It did get old and needed more material in the plot.
"The Dilemma" tells the story of a recovering gambler who, after discovering that his best friend's wife is having an affair, falls victim to his own guilty conscience and ultimately loses himself in strange, obsessive behaviors. Many directors would have used this idea as the basis for a psychological thriller, but in the hands of Ron Howard, it has become a comedy. This is puzzling because the basic scenario is anything but funny, and parts of the film shy away so thoroughly from humor it's as if Howard didn't trust his instincts on the matter. The result is a confused film, one that can't find the right balance between broad, slapstick comedy and serious subject matter, the latter of which is surprisingly dark and has been completely avoided in the ad campaigns.It does have an engaging premise, though, and there are specific scenes so well written and performed that I could see flashes of greatness. I also appreciated the underlying message of the film, namely that honesty is the best policy - provided you fess up at the time of an indiscretion instead of five, ten, or fifteen years later. No one needs to learn this lesson more than Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn). Although he has had gambling problems in the past, and although he relapsed two years ago, he seems to be on the right track; he's in a loving, committed relationship with his girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Connelly), and he and his best friend and business partner, Nick (Kevin James), are on the verge of a major business deal that will put fuel efficient engines into muscle cars.One day, while arranging the details for finally proposing to Beth, he notices Nick's wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), kissing another man. He now finds himself in a very awkward position. Does he tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him, or does he stay out of it? When Ronny confronts Geneva, it very quickly becomes apparent that the situation isn't as clear cut as it might seem. Yes, she has been unfaithful, but she has also been neglected and incredibly lonely. Nick, while generally a decent man, deserves some of the blame - he often goes somewhere a married man really isn't supposed to go. And what about Beth? Is she being completely honest? Who is Ronny to judge what is and isn't moral? It's not as if he doesn't have a secret of his own, one he would prefer to keep hidden from both Beth and Nick. Is telling the truth worth the risk of ruining your life?There comes a point at which Ronny confronts the other man, a tattooed brute named Zip (Channing Tatum), in a scene I was conflicted about. It is, on the one hand, an effective departure from the goofiness that defined the earlier portions of the film. On the other hand, it shows Ronny revealing a very unpleasant side to his personality. In a more serious movie, we would already be sure that the man was deeply troubled and in need of serious help. We would, in all likelihood, not even feel the need to laugh, simply because what he's doing is not funny. But this movie wants us to laugh, so we automatically view his disturbing behavior through an entirely different lens. It's an awkward moment, one that could have been avoided had the filmmakers known what kind of movie they wanted to make.If I had had any input in the creation of this film, I would have strongly suggested veering away from comedy. The laughs this movie generates come not from genuinely funny situations but from a litany of crude gags that add absolutely nothing to the story. I was especially put off by the inclusion of Queen Latifah, whose character serves no purpose apart from providing us with the occasional orgasm joke. More points off for a contrived and unrewarding scene in which Ronny falls face-first into a poisonous bush, resulting in rashes, boils, and one instance of painful urination. Had none of this been included, there would have been a more sardonic edge to a scene where Ronny proposes a highly inappropriate toast at the anniversary party of Beth's parents. It should come as no surprise that the topic is honesty.I enjoyed most of the cast, especially Connelly, who makes Beth the most convincing character of the whole film. Credit also to Ryder, whose take on Geneva isn't as one-dimensional as it may seem. As for the lead males, they give relatively decent performances, although they rely a little too heavily on personas that grew old a long time ago; I'm growing weary of Vince Vaughn's laid-back, fast-talking persona, and there are times when it seems James is stuck in Doug Heffernan mode. "The Dilemma" has its good points, but it also wastes a lot of its potential, in large part because no one involved could decide on a tone. I'm hoping Ron Howard is a bit more decisive when making his next movie.
Much of what caused the angst of the story made no sense. It was a bit cheesy. I could excuse that, but huh? Okay SPOILER ALERT: Why didn't he just tell his girlfriend about his best friend's wife was cheating on him? If you can't share THAT with your girlfriend, definitely do not think of marrying her. Maybe this was supposed to illustrate that addicts have trouble sharing things. Yes, but they have trouble sharing personal things about THEMSELVES not their friend's wives. Also, why did he not suspect that the pictures might have been deleted by the cheater guy? Why did that surprise him? I guess I can kind of see why his best friend would be mad that Vince's character hadn't told him about sleeping with his wife before his best friend ever met her. Yes, he should have told her, but it was before he even met her. Seems dumb that he got that mad over it that he punched him later. Queen Latifah's part was pure corn. Winona Rider (spelling) did a great job of being a twisted cheating bitch. If it wasn't for the fact that the actors could actually act, I'd have given this flick a big "F". Hollywood, at least try to make your stories make sense. What the ???
I was bored through out the movie and there was no comedy at all. I don't remember laughing at all.
This movie boasts a talented cast but the script is terrible. In the movie, our main character played by Vince Vaugh tries to tell his buddy played by Kevin James, that his spouse is cheating on him. The scenes are over the top with Vince beating up the boyfriend, following Kevin's character to a house of pleasure, making a really disgusting toast at an older couple's anniversary celebration etc. Queen Latifah's role was ridiculous and Vince comes across as a buffoon. It was not comedy by any means. It was dark, unpleasant and joyless.I would rank it as one of the worst movies I have watched. I give it 2 stars because I watched the whole thing wondering how bad it could get.Ron Howard is usually quite brilliant, I am really surprised he would put this out there.
The Dilemma, a story about two business partners who are also bestfriends. Vince Vaughn's character is a man who is in love with a womanwho he plans to get married to. Kevin James' character is a man who isalso married in what he thinks is a perfectly honest marriage.Vince Vaughn's character goes to the botanical gardens to arrange hismarriage proposal. While at these gardens, he sees the wife of KevinJames' character making out with another man. This puts him in a a veryuncomfortable position, thinking about whether he need to tell him orhow he is supposed to tell him. I won't go into any further detail.Now this movie deals with a concept that you may consider to be prettycommon. The thing is, you really don't see it these days in movies,only television. Basically, this movie is a great time, although it does have quite afew flaws. At one point, the movie completely changes from one genre toanother. Comedy is completely cut off for drama, with only some aspectsof each genre overlapping. I know that it is completely fair for amovie to split comedy and drama fifty fifty, but the problem with thiswas that the movie takes what appears to be a funny concept, andsuddenly when you least expect it, the movie develops a serious take onthe concept. This is not necessarily all bad, as some parts of this sudden shift aregreat. It does at least let you take the movie seriously. The aspect ofthis that just bothers me is that the sudden seriousness of the plotkind of overshadows the comedic aspect.But there is a reason this movie was a good time. The screenplay ishilarious, and everybody in the theater was laughing. The acting wasbrilliant. Props to Channing Tatum and his character for being soawesome. His character was just perfect for this film, a punk with asoft spot. Overall, this was a great time, something you should definitely see onthe weekend with your best friend, or your girlfriend, or whoever else. One last thing I want to mention. There was one joke near the beginningof the movie where it is stated that electric cars are "gay". This is avery offensive joke that could have easily been cut out of the movie.And this line doesn't even add anything to the movie, which is kind ofa shame, but if you're willing to overlook this, you're in for a greattime.
This review is from: The Dilemma (DVD) Love this movie in how funny it is! Vince Vaughn really knows how to play a seriously paranoid friend, similar to "Horrible Bosses" movie.
Let's face it: Finding your best friend's wife is cheating on him, and then trying to tell him (and then trying NOT to tell him), isn't funny. A great comedic director could take that situation and turn it around, make the serious hysterical. Ron Howard, alas, is not a great comedic directer. He's a pretty darn good dramatic director, however, which ultimately hinders THE DILEMMA. The problem is, the film isn't funny. Even when it tries, which it rarely does. At moments, the film achieves a certain poignancy that is touching; it examines the crevices of the buddy-buddy relationship (in a much more serious way than, say Judd Apatow usually does), and hits some disturbingly harsh notes. What is most frustrating is that the cast (yes, even Kevin James) is up for the challenge: Vince Vaughn has proven himself a dramatic actor in the past, as has Jennifer Connelly. James holds his own; in fact, when he's at his worst when he's trying for yucks. Winnona Ryder delivers a solid, understated performance (as she did in BLACK SWAN). Queen Latifah is a bit over-the-top in her minor role, but Channing Tatum is surprisingly not; not that he's suddenly metamorphosed into a mesmerizing actor (his "emotional" scene opposite Vaughn makes the latter look like a true thespian), but at least he's trying here.Allan Loeb's script is a bit two-dimensional, and Ron Howard's directing, as it unfortunately can be, is lazy; this film meanders, and never truly finds its place. It's not funny--I saw it in a packed (I know!) theater, and there were mostly groans--and it's not tender; it's uncomfortable to watch, but usually in the wrong ways. Occasionally the film strikes just the right awkward note, giving you a peak at the film it COULD have been. But then, who would want to go see a drama starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James? Maybe somebody should get that project started; both actors apparently have the chops to pull it off, and, if nothing else, they have pretty good on-screen chemistry.
two comedians? First Kevin James is miscast. He's know for Adam Sandlertype of comedies, not for movies in which he's trying to be serious.And Vince Vaughn is in more comedies than not. I think he's trying toby funny in his role, but it doesn't work. This movie is about aserious topic: cheating.The gist is Vaughn accidentally sees James' wife cheating and now hisdilemma is should he tell him or not? The conflict is the 2 arebusiness partners and they have an important meeting with a carmanufacturer as they try to sell their engine. Vaughn doesn't wantJames' mind to be messed up before the big meeting.So Vaughn starts telling lies and following James' wife around and getsin a bar room type brawl with her lover. Then gives a veryuncomfortable speech about honesty at his girlfriend's parents' party.Finally he decides to be honest and his life isn't such a mess anymore.FINAL VERDICT: Slow, kind of boring, needed more dramatic actors. Skipit.
This review is from: The Dilemma (Amazon Instant Video) This was a very good movie. I didn't go into it expecting a slap-stick, nor do I prefer slap-stick comedies. However, The Dilemma was an interesting movie about life and friendship without being over-the-top or unrealistic. This movie considered the complexities of life while exploring the meaning of true friendship. I thought Kevin James and Vince Vaughn were quite funny in this movie, and provided just the right amount of comedy. Highly recommended.