The Dilemma (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah join them in The Dilemma, a 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. With Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), by their sides, they're unbeatable. But Ronny's 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 his world into comic 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 how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend. -- (C) Universal
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PG-13 (for mature thematic elements involving sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Vince Vaughn
as Ronny Valentine
Kevin James
as Nick Brannon
Winona Ryder
as Geneva
Queen Latifah
as Susan Warner
Amy Morton
as Diane Popovich
Chelcie Ross
as Thomas Fern
Clint Howard
as Herbert Trimpy
Troy West
as Dr. Rosenstone
Grace Rex
as Cousin Betty
Mike McNamara
as Cousin James
Madison Dirks
as B & V Worker
Mimi Sagadin
as B & V Worker
Sandy Marshall
as Medic at Gardens
Talulah Riley
as Concept Car Spokesmodel
William Smillie
as Poissonier
Julian Burfete
as Restaurant Server
Jillian Burfete
as Restaurant Server
Katie Korby
as Restaurant Server
Catherine Bruzzini
as Resturant Patron
Laura Cooper
as Waitress
Mariko Hayashi-Hall
as Vietnamese Parlor Owner
Cheryl Hamada
as Vietnamese Parlor Worker
Gary Houston
as Camera Clerk
Wendy George
as Store Clerk
Keith Kupferer
as Bank Customer
Kevin Bigley
as Bank Customer
Christina Anthony
as Bank Customer
Michael Trnka
as Skate Rat
Chante Linwood
as El Train Patron
Kielor Roberts
as Diane's Son
Nick Brade
as Skate Rat
Michael Trinka
as Skate Rat
Karen Aldridge
as Receptionist
Gene Honda
as Shoot the Puck Announcer
Heidi Johanningmeier
as Shoot the Puck Girl
Brennan Buhl
as Shoot the Puck Guy
William M. Connor
as Disgruntled Fan
Christopher Meister
as Concession Stand Customer
Charlie Hilbrant
as Concession Stand Customer
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Critic Reviews for The Dilemma

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (33)

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Full Review… | December 6, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

As cumbersome and drawn out as a slowly deflating tire, this cinematic collision between Vaughn's celebrated funny-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a serious miscalculation.

January 28, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Who ever thought that Ron Howard could make a cult film? This movie is a mess, but it's an intelligent and affecting mess.

January 23, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

It lacks faith in its story, characters and audience.

Full Review… | January 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Perhaps the late Blake Edwards could have found a balance between slapstick and psychodrama, but Ron Howard can't get the pacing right, and Allan Loeb's script is even wordier than the one he wrote for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Full Review… | January 17, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Ends with 20 minutes of apologies, a round robin of regret that downshifts the film's sputtering energy into park.

Full Review… | January 16, 2011
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Dilemma

½

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 Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

The Dilemma has some really funny moments, the two main characters worked well together and it's easy watching, it did however, have a weak plot and seemed not to reach it's potential.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Ronny Valentine: I just saw my best friend's wife with another man. I'll send you a check.  "The truth hurts." The Dilemma is a movie that relies on the audience liking the two leads, Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, and I do. In fact I like pretty much everybody involved here, especially Jennifer Connely. Sure the movie has its exceptions; Queen Latifa and Channing Tatum, but for the most part everybody is easy to like. The story isn't great, the movie isn't great, it isn't the funniest thing ever, but it isn't a completely worthless or horrible movie. In fact, I can go as far as to say I liked it. Two friends and business partners are close to making the deal of their lives and they are both stressing out about it. Nick is the brains of the operation and is married to Geneva(Winona Ryder). Ronny is the talker of the partnership and is thinking about marrying his girlfriend. When he goes to a botanical garden to scout out a place to propose, he sees his best friends wife with another guy. From there he must decide how to handle the situation. Should he just come out and tell his best friend his wife is cheating on him while they are on the verge of a massive deal? Should he wait? This movie isn't the greatest thing Ron Howard has ever done, but it isn't even close to the worst he has ever done either. The Da Vinci Code anyone? It isn't a landmark movie for anyone involved, but it is a fun little comedy. I think the film is a little over criticized. I know people have been disappointed with what Howard has been doing lately and I know there are a lot of people who don't like Kevin James movies. But come on, honestly this isn't horrible. This isn't even close to one of the worst movies of the year, which I had heard from some people. It's just a nice, pleasant way to kill a couple hours. That is, once again, if you like the leads. 

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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