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It boasts a likable cast and an interesting premise, but The Dilemma can't decide what to do with them; the result is an uneven blend of cheesy slapstick and surprisingly dark comedy. Read critic reviews

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Longtime friends Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are partners in an auto-design firm. They are hard at work on a presentation for a dream project that would really launch their company. Then Ronny spots Nick's wife out with another man, and in the process of investigating the possible affair, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. As the presentation nears, Ronny agonizes over what might happen if the truth gets out.

Cast & Crew

Vince Vaughn
Ronny Valentine
Kevin James
Nick Brannon
Queen Latifah
Susan Warner
Amy Morton
Diane Popovich
Clint Howard
Herbert Trimpy
Chelcie Ross
Thomas Fern
Allan Loeb
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Todd Hallowell
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Victoria Vaughn
Executive Producer
Kim Roth
Executive Producer
Salvatore Totino
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Mike Hill
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  • Jul 05, 2012
    Ron Howard's The Dilemma it's a surprising black comedy and presents a interesting cast to a humor picture. But it flaw, what could be a different comedy become just another funny drama, sometimes unfunny and a cliche ending. Rotten.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    vaughn is crazy and funny as always but James & the other cast is lost without any depth. typical Ron Howard film that is full of good intentions but all over the place in execution.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2012
    "It's simple...we have a contract to get this job done...let's do it." Ronnie Valentine (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Brannen (Kevin James) sworn buddies since college and great business associates until Ronnie sees something that he wasn't supposed to see that could threaten the very core of the foundation of friendship that Nick and him shares. Seeing this you have to question the boundaries that friendships are based upon, and wonder how far do they go. See this it's interesting!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    The Challenge: Name ten great dramedies in motion picture history. All right, then name just five good ones. Difficult, right? They are as hard to find as a smile in a Sylvester Stallone movie. And that includes <i>Oscar.</i> Fact is, serious drama and lighthearted comedy simply don't work well together, and such is the dilemma in <i>The Dilemma</i> which does not create the template for future screenplays to follow. Vince Vaughn is pretty good in the lead role and does what he can in trying to draw laughs and sympathies, often in the same scene, whereas Kevin James is unable to do the same and clearly miscast. The best decisions came filling the female leads, featuring the two most beautiful dark-haired, smoky-eyed early-40s actresses of our time in Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder; we're talking wish-fulfillment here! Connelly is typically excellent and gives the film the dramatic weight it wants to carry, but her work is partially capsized by the shifting tone. Cut out her scenes and reassemble them together as a short film and I bet you'd be impressed. Better than most reviews led me to believe, <i>The Dilemma</i> contains half an amusing comedy and half a decent drama, but you can't have everything.
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