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The Dilemma

A movie directed by Ron Howard

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The Dilemma

  • Mar 16, 2011
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And the latest epic from groundbreaking Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard is....... The Dilemma! Haha just kidding, this is far from an epic and definitely not the greatest film from the director. It isn't horrible, but its by no means good. I think this probably would have done better had it not been marketed as a comedy seeing as not once did I even giggle. This also had the same problem that Diary of a Wimpy Kid had, it didn't have a likeable protagonist thus drowning out the overall message. The only character that I liked was Channing Tatum as the man Winona Ryder is cheating on Kevin James with.

My expectations for this film were lower than lower than low and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The film is about Ronny, a man who owns a small business with his best friend Nick, and they are trying to get a deal with Dodge or Ford or who the f*ck cares? Anyway, Ronny plans to pop the question to his girlfriend Beth and sees Nick's wife Geneva with a younger hotter man. The whole film centres about Ronny's obsession with whether or not or when to tell Nick and he lets it sabotage his relationship with Beth and the deal he and Nick have. He also engages in some rather creepy behaviours which involved sitting on Channing Tatum's balcony and taking pictures of Channing and Winona having sex.

I suppose I shall start on the good stuff. A movie with no clear genre has to be heavily reliant on the performances of its cast and may I say this movie had a great cast. However, the critics consensus was right. The cast was good, but they weren't used properly and Vaughn and James weren't given a chance to be funny and Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly were just lacking in their performances. They, along with Queen Latifah, weren't godawful, but just not very good and not very memorable.

The only person whose performance I enjoyed was Channing Tatum as Zip, the man who Winona Ryder is...well...screwing. I have been known to display amorous feelings for Tatum and I watched his performance being a little biased. The person I went to the theatre with hated his character and thought he was a jackass because he had tattoos and wrecked Vince Vaughn's car after Vince broke into his house means he's just a thug. His performance was the only remotely comedic one and the one I enjoyed the most, and not because of Tatum's pure physical appearance.

The movie was not at all funny, and it started off kinda slow, but everything after the breaking-and-entering scene gets better and provides us with some actual drama. That being said, the movie should have been marketed as a drama because the drama was good. The dilemma truly was a dilemma and even though Vince Vaughn wasn't a likeable character, I would hate to be in his situation because I don't know what I would do. The majority of the jokes in this movie are incredibly awkward and/or politically incorrect (like the gay joke that was cut from the trailer but still in the movie). All in all, should have been marketed as a drama.

All in all, as a comedy, The Dilemma is an epic failure but as a drama, its an okay movie that may be worth checking out. Like the critics consensus said however, the movie has a great cast but doesn't know how to use them in an uneasy combination of goofy slapstick and surprisingly dark comedy. The first 2011 movie I saw in theatres wasn't that bad I suppose, but I am looking forward to seeing better ones. All in all, just okay, it'll fade from my memory soon enough.

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review by . May 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****     The trouble with comedy is that too often, people attempt to blend different styles. Only truly talented filmmakers can do that, and while comedy is pretty much the worse and blandest genre nowadays, which explains why so little GOOD filmmakers invest in such a genre picture. I was never impressed by Ron Howard aside from some of his earlier (or some of his modern) works. "The Dilemma", his newest "dilemma", pretty much calculates the ups-and-downs of Howard's …
review by . June 11, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
1 star: The dilemma is that this film can't find one
You have been buddies with your best friend for the better part of twenty years; you trust each other more than anything trusts and rely on each other explicitly to help each other out whenever needed and back each other up whenever possible. You and your best friend work together and have a very successful business in the automotive industry and you love what you do more than anything else, but here is the dilemma. What if you found out that your best friend's wife was cheating …
review by . January 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         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 …
Quick Tip by . June 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Ron Howard's "The Dilemma" boasts an interesting premise, a great cast of talented actors but it ultimately falls flat on its face thanks to in part   to a horribly mired script and cheesy slapstick, dull moments and terribly overwritten scenes that drag this film down to the depths of movie hell. "The Dilemma" is a good-looking movie with good intentions and an idea but sad to say, with little wit, charm, style or frankly intelligence. "The …
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
It is really hard for me to put a finger on the film “The Dilemma”. It has a good premise; simple, but has something everyone can relate to. I mean, a problem where you saw your best friend’s heating wife making out with another man is a no brainer unless you have something that can hold you back from telling your best friend.      Vince Vaughn and Kevin James does make for a good ‘buddy’ pair, with Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly lending the …
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Vince Vaughn and Kevin James  will play best friends and business partners, and Vaughn's character is tortured when he observes his pal's wife getting intimate with another man in a restaurant. Should he tell?
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Director: Ron Howard
Release Date: 14 January 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Allan Loeb
Runtime: 112 min
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