The Dilemma

The Dilemma

When Ronny (Vince Vaugn) sees his best friend's wife out with another man, he knows he has to act. He just doesn't know how. Amateur investigations and clumsy attempts to tell his friend the truth land him i a whole lot of mess. 1.8 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
The Dilemma

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Certificate 12A
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Ron Howard
Cast Channing Tatum, Winona Ryder, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Talulah Riley, Queen Latifah Jennifer Connelly
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date January 2011
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When Ronny (Vince Vaugn) sees his best friend's wife out with another man, he knows he has to act. He just doesn't know how. Amateur investigations and clumsy attempts to tell his friend the truth land him i a whole lot of mess.

Reviews

The New York Times

A. O. Scott

...less a macho comedy than what you might call a bromantic melodrama... Ms. Ryder, playing the least sympathetic character with unflinching dignity and candor, is in many ways the reason “The Dilemma” works as well as it does. For his part Mr. Howard handles the transition from humor to heartbreak smoothly...

13/01/2011

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Empire Magazine

Genevieve Harrison

Hit-and-miss for Howard. The tone flits, sometimes uncomfortably, from Vaughn-fuelled laugh-fest to relationship drama, but it's a winner compared to many of the clunkly comedies out there.

21/01/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

While he hits most of the darker notes, the filmmaker proves too indulgent with the lighter riffs, when a little restraint would have made for a better film.

14/01/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Pious, intense and often hectoringly implausible...

21/01/2011

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The Guardian

Cath Clarke

The unknowability of other peoples' relationships is a decent jump-off for grown-up comedy, but this collapses into comic mayhem, falling-out-of-trees slapstick, snore-bore misunderstandings and a sizeable distance between laughs.

20/01/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

(Unknown)

A suspenseless marathon of misguided male loyalty. Nothing’s funny. Nothing’s real.

20/01/2011

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Time Out

Ben Walters

It’s basically a chick flick for guys – a picture about emotions, friendships, loyalty and growth in which the men are the prime movers – which is a pretty novel approach for a mainstream studio picture. Any credit for this move, however, is outweighed by the film’s nervy tone and tedious politics: it lacks faith in its story, characters and audience.

20/01/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Obviously the script was workshopped at a men-only pool bar.

20/01/2011

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Total Film

Matthew Leyland

Hamstring by its own dilemma – whether to make us laugh or cry – and guilty of squandering a decent cast, Howard’s film is as heavy-going as a messy divorce.

20/01/2011

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Variety

Justin Chang

The Dilemma is not a particularly funny movie. Indeed, the true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of).

11/01/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

But the real dilemma apparent in Ron Howard's tiresome film is whether it should be a feel-good vehicle for Vaughn and Kevin James's matey banter, or a sour psychodrama about the fury of a woman scorned. Weird.

23/01/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The worst of both worlds: a comedy without laughs, and a drama without tension.

21/01/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

...gooey and tedious...

23/01/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Sabotaged by a bungling script and an astonishingly obnoxious performance by his leading man (this is the hapless Vaughn’s fourth turkey in a row, following Fred Claus, Four Christmases and Couples Retreat), Howard, who once won an Oscar for A Beautiful Mind, comes across as a clueless amateur.

21/01/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Rather less fun than a badly executed coronary bypass.

23/01/2011

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