I am convinced the poor guy's sanity hangs by a thread at times. Kermode is pretty much the reason I…
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.
The Dilemma (Ron Howard, 2011) 7/10
A comedy about two best friends that suddenly turns dark. A man (Vince Vaughn), by chance, discovers that his best friend's (Kevin Smith) wife (Winona Ryder) is having an affair with another man (Channing Tatum). Meanwhile he himself is having committment issues with his girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly), has a gambling problem and has just made a major business deal which could unravel if his friend finds out about his wife. Funny and sad with good performances - Channing Tatum is hilarious as the dumb blonde.
One star for Channing Tatum.
I always regret watching Kevin James movies, yet I never learn my lesson.
Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are the bestest of friends. They would anything for each other. One day, Ronny discovers that Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating on him with a younger man. Ronny is hesitant to tell his best pal the truth. The problem is that Nick is really stressed out because of the engine project he’s in charge of. What happens is they get a meeting that gives them the opportunity to make lots of money if they agree to fix an engine in someone’s car. They never really get that much into it. I think it was some millionaire or something. I tuned out anytime their car engine stuff was discussed. Ronny decides on holding…
The real dilemma:
kill yourself or watch this movie. I already made my choice
buddies with an issue...
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.