The biggest quandary that the movie “The Dilemma” faces is that it’s billed as a comedy instead of a schizophrenic flick that can’t make up its mind what it is. Sure, whenever you have Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as stars, you know there will be lots of laughs. But there’s too much drama going on to call this a funny film.
Here’s the sitch: Ronny (Vaughn) and Nick (James) are BFFs and business partners. Ronny sees Nick’s wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), cheating on him and wonders if he should spill the beans to his friend. That’s the dilemma.
“The Dilemma” does try to delve into what makes love and marriage work, as Ronny tries to commit to his girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly). But none of it really rings true, and the film merely seems to be yet another vehicle for Vaughn to do his rambling will-he-ever-get-to-the-point speeches that are more embarrassing than enlightening.
Sidebar: I personally love movies made in Chicago, my hometown. But it bothers me when I see fallacies. Like Ronny is able to have an actual cellphone conversation on an El train. You can barely talk to the person next to you on a train. And how are they always able to get a parking spot in the city? I would drive for blocks looking for an opening.
The best part of the movie was Ronny and Nick’s relationship. They’re so much like brothers (even fighting) that you can’t help but root for them. The scene at the end when they’re at a Chicago Blackhawks hockey game was great . . . too bad you have to sit through the whole thing to get to that part.
So now here’s your dilemma: Do you really want to pay big bucks to see this comedy that isn’t? It’s definitely a rental.