Random Review: The Dilemma

Synopsis taken from IMDB

A man finds out that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do is this story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. Ronny’s girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick’s wife, Geneva (Ryder), are by their sides. But Ronny’s world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves into mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth to his best friend.

Written by Universal Pictures


I was really looking forward to seeing this flick! Just the thought of the cast lineup had me laughing. Directed by the amazing Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Queen Latifah, together doing comedy. Add in two of my favorite performers Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder. Who by the way, I think are more beautiful at 40 than most of the 20 somethings Hollywood is cranking out lately. Of course they are close to my age and this is my blog, so I’m allowed to be biased. Throw in a little eye candy, Channing Tatum, and you’ve got magic, right? Well, not so much with this story.

There are some humorous moments, but most of them are seen in the trailer. Vaughn and James do their normal funny guy routines that will make you giggle. The beginning and set up are slow and the funny situations are set far apart.

Spoiler alert: Do not read further if you don’t want to know a few plot spoilers.

As a woman I was a little annoyed with the age old idea that it’s OK for James’ character to get a happy ending at a massage parlor because he is looking for unfulfilled needs, but Ryder’s character is somehow the more to blame for finding fun with a younger guy. I’m just sayin!

Queen Latifah has a couple of funny lines, but she is relegated to small bits of humor that don’t really seem to match the rest of the film. There are also a few disjointed flashback and imagined scenarios that, in my opinion, didn’t play well with the overall look of the film.

All in all I would say this film was less than I expected but worth a watch, just not for the pricey amount of a theater ticket. This is one to watch on DVD or On Demand in your comfortable clothes with some microwave popcorn on a lazy Saturday night.

I am giving a new Random Review rating for this one. I don’t want to give it a thumbs up nor does it deserve a thumbs down. My Random Review for The Dilemma is: Wait for the DVD


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2 Responses to Random Review: The Dilemma

  1. Tracy Page says:

    I was wondering about this one.. thanks Angel! Think I’ll save my movie ticket money for King’s Speech!

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