Movie Review: The Dilemma

Movie Review: The Dilemma

The Dilemma

PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving sexual content.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 1 hour 58 minutes

A man finds out what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. The Dilemma is a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny and happily married Nick have been through thick and thin together. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project which could launch their company into the big time.

Along the way, Ronny’s girlfriend and Nick’s wife are by their sides. But, Ronny finds his world turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Nick’s wife out with another man.

What will Ronny do as he faces this huge Dilemma!?

The Dilemma – Will It Be Good…Will It Be Bad?

The previews looked good…the director, Ron Howard, gave this movie great potential…and the fact that Kevin James can pull a rabbit out of a bad hat…The Dilemma had the potential of being a really good movie.

But alas…such is not the case.

Instead, The Dilemma is nothing more than another so-called showcase for the huge egomaniac named Vince Vaughn. It’s too bad Vaughn doesn’t know how to share the screen when he’s surrounded by people who are obviously better than him. Kevin James is an amazing actor who can take a bad script and turn it into a half decent movie just because of the fact he throws himself into any role he’s given. The previews for The Dilemma lead you to believe that Vaughn and James act as equally billed stars in what’s billed as a comedy-drama movie. Unfortunately, Vaughn hogs all the screen time as it seems he’s trying to make some kind of a statement that he can do serious acting as well.

News Flash – Vince Vaughn Cannot Play A Serious Role!

If anything, Vaughn seems more out of his element in this movie than he does in anything else he’s done. The scenes with Kevin James are great and James certainly over-shadows Vaughn in those scenes. But, that’s probably the reason Vaughn seems to stay at arms length whenever he appears in scenes with James in this movie. Vaughn knows when more talented people are around him and then keeps them away from him.

A Meandering Plot Line At Best

The supposed plot line for The Dilemma goes like this. Ronny, played by Vince Vaughn, discovers that what you don’t say to your best friend is just as important as what you do. Since college Ronny and his best friend Nick, played by Kevin James, have been through it all. But when Ronny sees Nick’s wife Geneva with another man, he makes it his mission to find out what’s going on. As his amateur investigation goes bad he quickly discovers that not only is he hurting himself, but he’s hurting everyone else around him too.

Again, The Dilemma had potential. But in the end, even the directing skills of Academy Award winner Ron Howard couldn’t pull this one out of the dumpster. Howard doesn’t have much hair left these days and I’m sure while directing this movie he pulled what little hair he has left, out of his head. What little he had to work with, Howard did manage a few laughs along the way. But The Dilemma might end up on Ron Howard’s “I wish I’d never done movies” list.

An Admirable Attempt

After pretty much tearing this movie apart, I will say this – The Dilemma is an admirable attempt of addressing the subject of honesty. But in the end, clocking in at close to two hours, I left the theater wondering how I could have better spent those two hours of my life. The only time I really found myself laughing or remotely enjoying this movie was when Kevin James was in a scene. Other than that, at times The Dilemma was more like sitting in a classroom with someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. Even the theme of honesty is totally lost as Vaughn’s character, while he waxes eloquent about the subject, totally fails in the honesty category.

As for the rating, The Dilemma is far from family-friendly. Once again, if you feel you have to see this movie on the big screen, it’s best for the 17 and above crowd. But then again, The Dilemma probably bests falls into the category of “don’t rush out and see it”.

Wait for the DVD!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.