The Dilemma: Movie Review
Cast: Vince Vaughan, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer
Connelly, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah
Director: Ron Howard
Vince Vaughan's back in this film, pitched as a comedy from the trailer,
which is more like a drama with occasional comedy thrown in for good
In the dramedy, Vaughan is Ronny, whose best mate since college days is Kevin
James' Nick. These two are tight and are probably one of the best definitions of
bromance I've seen for a long time - they work together and party together.
Nick's married to Winona Ryder's Geneva and has been for years - but one day
Nick sees Geneva in the arms of another man.
That throws him into a moral quandary - should he tell his best buddy and
risk their friendship and business partnership falling apart? Or should he keep
But as Nick looks further into Geneva's infidelity, he soon discovers the
sheen of his best friend is slipping a little and the whole right and wrong
leads to plenty of dilemmas for Nick - and those he loves.
The Dilemma falls into the Couples Retreat territory - that is to say, the
trailer pitches it as a comedy and you head to it expecting that, and that's a
little far from what's actually served up on the big screen.
It's a mixed bag too - some painstakingly raw honest moments are well done
and the drama is good too. But with a two hour running time and not enough
funny, you may feel in a bit of a quandary yourself about whether this film is
good or not.
Vaughan is okay as the suitably downbeat Ronny whose world falls apart amid
suspicion and mistrust - and Winona Ryder (who appears to be undergoing
something of a cinematic comeback this year) certainly gives her all as the
morally challenged wife.
The main quartet are realistic and genuinely well acted to be believable and
Ron Howard brings an assured eye to the direction yet The Dilemma lacks that
certain kind of pizzazz and oomph which it needs to keep it moving along as it
shifts into the more straight acting and out of the humourous territory.
But it is worth seeing for an hilarious scene where Ronny gives a very
amusing toast but as you have to wait for over an hour to get to that part, you
may feel yourself drifting and entering your own quandary about whether you want
to wait that long.