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The Dilemma
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 17 January 2011 11:09

The DilemmaThe Dilemma is somewhat of a dilemma in itself. This Ron Howard film has a likeable, talented cast and some laughs, but overall it’s a really uncomfortable tableau of bad behaviors that is really anything but a romantic comedy.

Let’s start with the premise; two happy couples are having the time of their lives together. Best buds Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) are in business together and about to make a huge deal with a major automotive company, while their “better halves” Beth (Jennifer Connelly) and Geneva (Winona Ryder) are beautiful, loving and supportive. Ronny thinks they are living the dream and thinks of Nick and Geneva as his “Hero Couple”.

Perfect Couples?Until one day Ronny catches Geneva smooching another man. His world falls apart. The dilemma lies in whether or not to tell his best friend about the affair at a crucial moment in their lives. If he does it could ruin everything.

Doesn’t exactly sound like comedy material does it? Most of the laughs come from fast-talking Vince Vaughn as he naively tries to play detective while holding up his ideals. There’s a lot of slapstick physical comedy thrown in, Vaughn and Connellybut the tone of this movie is really uneven. It flip-flops between some very somber themes and dramatic moments to the kind of gags that have people tripping and falling, or getting beat up.

I appreciate dark comedy, and I’ll admit that The Dilemma did have me entertained most of the time but it really isn’t a feel good movie. If anything, when you think about it it’s pretty depressing.

Spoilers ahead: For those who see the film, think about it a bit. At one point Geneva reveals that Nick has ignored her and been getting “happy endings” at a Rub and Tug for the last six months! I thought this would be a lie, but it turned out to be true! And we’re supposed to love Nick and hate Geneva for cheating on him? Frankly, I don’t blame her! This is a prime example of an archaic double standard between men and women in Hollywood films.

Directed by Ron Howard, Starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James.