I first compiled this list a couple of years ago under the title 'Movie Hitlist 2014', and have subsequently largely…
Two best friends. Nothing could come between them... or could it?
Longtime friends Ronny and Nick 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.
The only dilemma I experienced was finding the motivation to finish this turd.
No dilemma whatsoever.
Occasionally, I embrace the idea of watching a film that I assume will be bad, just to see for myself on the outside chance that I end up getting some semblance of enjoyment out of it. This happened last night/this morning when I, or I should say my wife, stumbled upon The Dilemma on television. "Nothing else is on" she says, to justify the decision after I gave her the look of disapproval, so I decided to jump on board as well.
You see, this was the eve of our only child going off to her first day of Kindergarten, and that blend of nerves and genuine time moves too fast sadness made a mindless comedy seem like the right…
To borrow a line from my one of my favorite SNL sketches, I'm not sure this legally qualifies as a comedy.
But I'm not sure it wants to be. It's more a drama starring comedy actors than an actual comedy. There are a few deliberately humorous scenes involving Channing Tatum as this scuzzy home-wrecker, but mostly this is a much darker movie than I expected, with Vince Vaughn essentially stalking and intimidating his best friend's wife after he discovers she's been unfaithful.
This kind of reminded me, in an inferior way, of THE BREAK-UP, another Vaughn movie with comic trappings and a surprisingly bleak perspective. I think that movie's much more successful -- more confident in exactly what it wants to be -- but I have to admit I found this movie a lot more interesting than I expected, even if only in a what-the-hell-were-they-thinking sort of way.
Whaaaaaaaaaat? Ron Howard directed this tripe? I'm not a fan of all his films but this? This is sub par film making that'll blot his C.V. for some time to come.
I don't even know what the point of the film was, its plot is all over the place never establishing what it wants to be. Is it about being a good friend? Not being a liar? Being supportive? It's a rom-com without the rom and a lads movie without the raunchiness.
I remember when Vince Vaughn was in Swingers, you'd never think it now.
Really Ron Howard, shame on you.
Winona Ryder tho.
Independence Mall with Jen
When I was watching Ron Howard's most disappointing picture in his entire catalog, I was thinking to myself if it's trying to be either a comedy or drama during the entire run-time.
In the end, I took The Dilemma as a bad dramedy at it's very best.
This movie was just not funny and the tone was all wrong from the get go.
Had some funny moments, especially the scene between Vaughn and Tatum. The addition of Ryder to the film, my lady crush from my youth, makes this a better movie than it probably deserves. She still looked great!
Sometimes its nice to see comedians take on serious roles. I dont get why this got such a bad rap. I always want to watch it again.
The 1 star is for Winona alone
A dry comedy (or may be it was meant to be serious). It is difficult to tell. The premise has a lot of possibilities which were completely squandered by taking them the wrong way (which could have been funny if played as a farce).
Winona Ryder does well; but her part is too small to rescue the rest of the film.
A classic Hollywood Studio director of the 1940s? Nope! Just Opie, making middle-of-the-road crowd pleasers.