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June 13, 2016
The Dilemma is more of a drama film than a comedy film. When I first saw this movie it was horrible. Vince Vaughn was horrible in this movie and it is probably his worst movie yet. I would not suggest this movie.
½ June 5, 2016
Boring, Not funny no comedy what so ever.
May 25, 2016
Pretty boring for the most part.
½ May 20, 2016
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April 29, 2016
While Kevin James and Vince Vaughn are both hit or miss actors this is a comedy that is more style over substance
½ April 28, 2016
Stupid comedy about a guy and his best friend. When one of the friends discovers his wife might be cheating, the friend makes it his mission to protect his bff. Ron Howard must've owed someone a favor to be associated with this mess.
½ April 17, 2016
slow start but Vaughn makes up for it
½ April 14, 2016
A pretty unfunny film, similar to the Hangover Part 3 where it almost felt as though they weren't trying for a comedy but they advertised the film as a comedy instead to make a few extra dollars at the box office. This was a weird dark comedy that mostly failed at drama and comedy
½ March 1, 2016
Fast-talking salesman Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and his business partner, tech-head designer Nick (Kevin James), are independent motor engine developers determined to find the secret formula to placing the modern ingenuity of electric cars into the sexiness of a traditional American muscle car.

Stuck on the finer details of just how to accomplish this, the opportunistic Ronny swindles a meeting with mogul car corporation General Motors to pitch their halfcocked product and hopefully secure a multimillion dollar development contract that will skyrocket their modest enterprise.

This professional hurdle pails in comparison however to Ronny's personal issues. Having survived a particularly tough gambling-addiction period with long-term partner Beth (Jennifer Connelly), Ronny must come to grips with his fears of commitment and contemplates the perfection of his idols, Nick and wife Geneva's (Winona Ryder) content and solid marriage.

Accepting the natural progression to the next level, Ronny sets out to deliver the perfect proposal to Beth. Ronny's plans and illusions are poisoned however when is perfect atrium setting is tainted by the infidelities of Geneva's indiscretions.

Ronny's inability to comprehend and adequately process that no-body and no-marriage is perfect sees him promptly veer of the rails and careen into a series of unfortunate events.

Balancing the pressure of being back in the accusatory gambling spotlight, his relationship with Beth on hiatus, the once in a lifetime contract unable to get over the line and the weight of holding Geneva's flaws from Nick, Ronny's life crumbles uncontrollably around him. Who or what will give?

In his first comedic direction since 2000's The Grinch, Ron Howard takes to the helm in this well written, skillfully acted and nicely shot genre straddling half bro-mance/half romance dramady.

Keeping the little spark of marketing controversy in tack, the "electric cars are gay" quote instantly sets the tone for this unconventional and dysfunctional but intelligently insightful exploration into human fallibility.

Vince Vaughn's flustering gibe-talking comedic timing and physical humor marries well with Jenifer Connelly's trustworthy ability to deliver layers of emotional colours, giving this production a wonderfully genuine and equal appeal to both sexes.

Kevin James arouses actual sympathy for stressed men prone to panic attacks and stomach ulcers, whilst Winona Ryder naturally delivers the character you love-to-hate as the manipulative lying cheating wife.

Queen Latifia also chimes in a noteably excellent supporting role of a sexed up executive as well as Channing Tatem as a less than stable 20-something toy boy named Zip.

The Verdict: The more serious Vaughn gets; the funnier the movie gets and as his cackhandedly untactful character so eloquently puts "who gave you a talking part". This movie; like its primary characters, is emotionally damaged and cunningly funny.


Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 21/01/2011
January 24, 2016
This unfunny comedy/drama wants you to think you care about what will happen next, but nobody who ever watched this movie cared. The Dilemma wants to be something its not by saying its a comedy but then screams drama in your face!
½ December 17, 2015
Weird film. A comedy with no funny moments really. Got really deep. didn't enjoy to slow
½ December 12, 2015
After Ron Howard's last venture into comedy with 2000's "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", I was faced with a strange, questionable dilemma of my own as I was watching this film: Is this movie supposed to be a comedy or a drama? "The Dilemma" boasts a talented cast with the likes of Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, and Jennifer Connelly (With Channing Tatum in a humorous supporting role) as they tackle honesty/commitment in marriages and what goes on behind closed curtains in modern day relationships. Vaughn and James play a dynamic business duo trying to market their brand of hip, stylish 1960s themed energy efficient automobiles. (They successfully score the deal and have to organize a final presentation.) While visiting the botanical gardens, (With Clint Howard making a cameo, because it isn't a Ron Howard movie without him!) Vaughn notices Ryder, James' wife, making out with Tatum's character. With his conscience viciously eating at his insides, madcap secrecy and misunderstanding engulfs Vaughn as he struggles about how to approach his moral obligation to tell his best friend about the truth behind his wife. (There are actually quite a few interesting plot twists thrown in.) Based on it's sitcom-like premise and the comedic casting of Vaughn and James, I expected "The Dilemma" to feel like "Liar, Liar" mixed with "It's Complicated." However, what Ron Howard delivers is a completely mixed bag of what is supposed to be feels like an attempt at a Judd Apatow comedy. The film opens up with showcasing Vaughn and James' friendship, almost like a "Wedding Crashers"-like tone, with the humor beginning to ignite and the character's starting to develop when suddenly the film comes to an awkward brake, with the burnt rubber and tread-marks remaining. "The Dilemma" becomes incredibly serious, uncomfortably balancing comedy and drama, with humor that almost never works on account of the circumstances of the plot. Not to say that there aren't any laughs to be found, "The Dilemma's" humor is uncomfortable and doesn't mesh with the dramatic elements Howard is setting up. That being said, I found myself really invested in the dramatic elements of the film. The entire cast gives surprisingly solid performances (Queen Latifah is completely underused and her supporting role as an agent for an automobile company is unnecessary) with characters that are well rounded and have full story arcs. The film also comes off as sexist at times, labeling wives as the unjust members of the family, when (SPOILER) there are other sides to the story. The film only focuses on the infidelity of Ryder's character when James isn't exactly a saint either. With it's nearly two hour running time, "The Dilemma" features good performances, well rounded characters, and direction from Ron Howard, however, the awkward transitions from comedy to drama make this film difficult to recommend. 2.8/5
November 1, 2015
Not as dire as I was expecting, but it does have a lot of problems. I liked Vaughan actually working through the dilemma itself, and figuring out what he should do, though Howard doesn't do much with it cinematically. I actually thought that he'd started being affected psychologically by the poisonous plants he fell into, and was disappointed that that never paid off. I think the movie works better if you assume that's what's causing him to act crazy.
October 15, 2015
I can't write anything different that isn't already noted in the Critics Consensus. They're right about this one, 'The Dilemma' is a letdown.
½ September 20, 2015
for something that was directed by Ron Howard, it seems like not a very Ron Howard movie... it was funny, though, and it was a fun movie. i thought it maybe should've been funnier, but there weren't that many laugh-out-loud moments in the film. shrug. oh well. it was enjoyable. not something to buy and watch over and over again though.
August 23, 2015
WOW......WOW.....WOW.....SO SO SO SO SO BAD......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SO SO SO DREADFUL, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH.......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......MAN THIS IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MESSY MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH AN AWFUL MOVIE 2 WATCH, IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL IT IS SUCH A BAD MOVIE 2 WATCH, JUST AVOID THIS MOVIE AT ALL COSTS IT IS THAT BAD.....JUST DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE IT IS SO AWFUL.......ITS GOT A GOOD SOUNDTRACK THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE.....BUT MAN THIS MOVIE IS SO SO SO AWFUL 2 WATCH....
August 16, 2015
Great movie! With two great comedians it could've been a little funnier but I was down with the story!!
½ August 4, 2015
this movie is very realistic to a certain degree
½ July 27, 2015
What would happen if you seen your best friend's spouse cheating? Would you tell them? How would it affect your life? That is what we get with The Dilemma. The way Vince Vaughn reacts to this same situation is actually very effective. Now this movie is being advertised and is listed as a comedy but it is not at all. Granted, Vince Vaughn does have some funny parts, hey, it's Vince Vaughn after all, but Kevin James is very serious in this, Jennifer Connelly is very beautiful (as always) but she is also very sweet and very much in love with Vaughn's character no matter what, and Winona Ryder is kind of a bitch, but realizes what she has done to all the people who thought were her friends. It's not a comedy, and i was a little disappointed in it not being a comedy, but it wasn't bad, just wasn't great either.
April 1, 2015
With a great cast that relies on the personalities and bonding between Vaughn and James, the film works for a good portion and then there are times it falls flat. With an odd and sometimes uneven mixture of silly comedy and serious heartfelt drama, the film works due to Vaughn's character and the dilemma he's facing. Although it would have benefitted from a leaner running time and tighter script, it walks away mostly unscathed. Plus in one of his first appearances with actual comedic material, Channing Tatum is a scene stealer, even with Vince Vaughn sharing the screen. B-
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