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The Dilemma (2011) Movie Information

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Ron Howard


Vince Vaughn
Kevin James
Winona Ryder
Jennifer Connelly
Queen Latifah
Channing Tatum





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A man discovers his best friend's wife might be having an affair, and makes it his mission to track down the truth. But he finds investigations isn't easy and it may end up costing him his business, friendship and more. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 09/28/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A mess of a movie

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Chris Kavan 06/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A perfectly average all-around comedy - heck, the best part was Channing Tatums pretty much cameo role and his fight with Vince Vaughn. You'll let out a chuckle here and there (and cringe a bit at certain parts) but I doubt anything will blow you away. A safe bet, but not necessarily a good one.

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patjohnson76 07/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Not the comedy trailers made out to be, this movie examines a man wrestling a tough choice - tell his best friend his wife is cheating on him or wait until things in his life settle down before breaking the news? A lot more serious than funny, even Kevin James does a good job here (when he isn't forced to act stupid for comedic reasons). In order for a lot of the humor to happen, the characters have to make some dumb choices, but in the end it's entertaining enough. Would have been nice to know what ended up happening to one of the main characters though.

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09/05/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Neither Dramatic Nor Funny

I'd call this "comedy" a career low for most involved. Vaughn and James have both been much funnier and both actors play rehashed versions of previous characters (Vaughn as the boisterous loudmouth and James as the slumping everyman.) A lot of blame falls on Ron Howard who directs the film into an odd gray area between slapstick comedy (Vince Vaughn falls into poison ivy) and dark drama (Kevin James' wife is cheating on him in the most meanspirited way.) The result is an uneven film that is neither funny nor particularly original when it comes to the dramatic tension. Talented actors like Queen Latifah play annoying throwaway characters and the film ends with a weird tack-on ending that has nothing to do with the main throughline whatsoever.

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07/05/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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Businessman Ronny (Vaughn) and genius engineer Nick (James) got a deal to create an engine for Chrysler. Geneva (Winona Ryder) is the wife of Nick while Beth (Jennifer Connelly) is the girlfriend of Ronny. Susan Warner (Queen Latifah) manages and gives tips to Ronny and Nick. Screenplay had some iffy and cheesy lines mixed with realistic lines such as “So my point is, you can really think you know somebody, and it turns out you don’t know everything about somebody.” and “People make mistakes in life.” Soundtrack and direction were acceptable. Director could have made a conclusion for Geneva’s character and a less Hollywoodlike ending after what the group of friends had to go through. As a self confessed Winona admirer, her talents were showcased again though in a fairly decent flick...

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02/08/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

More a drama than a comedy!

If you knew a secret that would hurt your best friend should you tell him?

Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Brannen (Kevin James) have been best friends since college. They both work as partners in an auto design firm, and after pitching a new electric car design with the aid of their consultant Susan Warner (Queen Latifah), they are given a week to build it. Things get complicated when Ronny discovers that his best friend's wife Geneva, played by Winona Ryder, is having a steamy love affair with the tattooed Channing Tatum. He is stuck between telling Nick now, who is already stressed about the new job, or waiting. He confronts Geneva with his new found knowledge but she threatens Ronny that if he tells Nick anything, she will inform him about her and Ronny's shared past. Ronny...

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  LeeAnn M.
LeeAnn M.
I really like Ron Howard films, and he's past due for a comedy. Didn't we all love 'Splash'? Channing Tatum, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, and Queen Latifa together in a film, and I'm there. However, I'm not a huge, or even a smidgen, fan of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. I'll spend two hours on the movie just because Ron Howard is behind the camera. (And I love how Clint Howard is in this one, too.)
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