“The Dilemma”: Whether or Not to See the Movie

Winona Ryder, Kevin James, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Connelly star.

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.

Ronny has a heart-to-heart talk with Geneva.

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.

Nick and Ronny bond over the Chicago Blackhawks.

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.


4 responses to ““The Dilemma”: Whether or Not to See the Movie

  1. I’ll pass. But, based on your recommendation I saw The Kings Speech and loved it. I think it’s the best I’ve seen in a long time. Better than the Social Network, so I disagree with the Golden Globe results.

  2. Susan,, saw the “Dilemma” on wednesday and my critic is that is one of the worst films that I ever saw, first Ron Howard did not show the beauty of Chicago like the Fockers’ film, as far as a comedy, I really had to search for any laughs, seeing how much weight Kevin James has lost, he would have looked a lot better in the film, Vince is a nice looking actor, but he comes across somewhat insecure in his role. I did like the Fockers’ and Blue Valentine was kind of strange, Ryan Gosling is good here in this role, Not sure to recommend this film or Black Swan which is very dark….if you see them let me know. Mom

    • “The Dilemma” sure was a disappointment. I’m not planning on seeing “Little Fockers,” “Blue Valentine,” or “Black Swan.” None of them sound like my style.

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