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The Dilemma

A movie directed by Ron Howard

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A Quick Tip by woopak_the_thrill

  • Jun 26, 2011
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 support, the film should be a lot better than it actually is. The problem this time is hitting a form of cohesion and rhythm; the direction seems to have a major issue trying to find its footing to make the script become believable and feel like a slice of ‘true life‘.

The film is supposed to be a comedy-drama which depends mostly on Vaughn’s manic and slapstick misadventures. I understand this, and yet the writing and the direction stoops to cheap devices and unneeded scenes to get to where it wants to go. It tries to be a dark comedy and yet, it tries to blend slapstick humor to keep its flow moving and fun….which renders its themes of domestic unrest and of how friendship can overcome most challenges very irrelevant and the supposedly uncomfortable theme feel very unrealistic. (example: the scene in the anniversary dinner and the intervention were just out of sync) There were times I couldn’t figure out if it was trying to be funny or just plain weird.

To its credit at the very least, the cast was decent given what they had to work with. But it just didn’t do it for me. It just lacked many factors that can make a credible dramedy and the final act just became quite a charade, as it just collapses everything it could‘ve established. This was too unfocused and while it can entertain, it does so for the wrong reasons.

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July 03, 2011
I liked this mainly because I love Kevin James [can't to see Zookeeper Friday, taking the little cuz]. But I think it they would have went straight drama this could have been a classic.
July 03, 2011
agreed. The slapstick humor made it uneven and lost its momentum.
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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 . March 16, 2011
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 …
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 …
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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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