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The Dilemma
Vince Vaughn faces Hobson's choice

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Ronny (Vaughn) is content with his life - a sexy girlfriend and a job with his best mate since college, Nick (James). But then he spots Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), apparently cheating on him. What should he do? Tell Nick the truth or keep quiet?

The Dilemma
The titular conundrum – if you caught your best friend’s wife cheating, should you tell them? – seems like a no-brainer: of course you would. A bigger dilemma was clearly how to sell this bittersweet comedy-drama, a return to territory which Oscar winner Howard hasn’t explored since Parenthood. As with Steve Martin in that film, the presence of Vaughn and James suggests comedic intent, yet the laughs are chiefly present to leaven the more dramatic stuff – like Howard doing Mike Leigh. Surprisingly, for such an assured director, Howard fumbles the material a bit, and the film ultimately bites off more than it can chew in less than two hours. But it’s always engaging, and there are fully-fledged comedies out there – many of them starring Vince Vaughn – with fewer genuine laughs than this.

Hit-and-miss for Howard. The tone flits, sometimes uncomfortably, from Vaughn-fuelled laugh-fest to relationship drama, but it's a winner compared to many of the clunkly comedies out there.

Reviewed by Genevieve Harrison

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Probably the worst movie Ron Howard has ever made, yes, even worse than Far and Away. I simply didn't buy the fact that 2 lunkhead fatties like Vaughn and James would both have incredible slimline hotties as girlfriends/ wives. The only time I managed a vague smile was when Channing Tatum was onscreen. That boy has some good comedy talent, as he so riotously proved in 21 Jump Street. Otherwise, this is one of the worst, unfunniest comedies I've seen in a long time. ... More

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Posted by RJNeb2 at 08:53, 21 September 2012 | Report This Post


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The Dilemma: Review

The Dilemma is a terrible film. The only good thing about this film is Vince Vaughan and Kevin James acting because i like them from other comedy films. The problems with this film is the story isnt balance, some scenes feel like there going onto difeerent episodes and that wasent good, the film was barelly funny at all and the actors could have done a better job on the characters but they didnt. I would recommend not to see this film. ... More

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Posted by Edward9630 at 02:18, 08 August 2011 | Report This Post


Ronny played by Vince Vaughn is best mates with Nick played by Kevin James,. their best friends, they love each other, yet the chemistry between the two actors is bloated and out of shape. Just like the two actors! Now the first 20 minutes or so of the Dilemma is terrible, a boring overly romantic mess, with an un-funny un-needed performance from Queen Latifah. Jennifer Connelly sparks as the put upon wife of Ronny who doesn't really do much even in the super dramatic finale. The plot for th... More

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Posted by lewisb548 at 16:43, 17 July 2011 | Report This Post


what a waste of an evening ... More

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