There should be no dilemma about giving this one a miss

2011-03-07 00:00

I WASN’T expecting a lot from this movie, but I didn’t think it would be that bad. It was worse.

Best friends since college, Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn) and Nick Brannen (Kevin James) are company partners and hoping to get a big deal with Chrysler. Nick is supposedly happily married to personality-less Geneva (Winona Ryder), but Ronny discovers that she is cheating with a heavily tattooed and overly-sensitive Zip (Channing Tatum).

The problem: does Ronny tell his best friend?

At the same time, stressed-out Nick is busy trying to manufacture an electric engine that goes like a muscle car and Ronny is trying to find it in himself to propose to his live-in and rather dull girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Connelly).

Queen Latifa, looking fabulous, makes an appearance as Nick and Ronny’s “supervisor”, with a personality that you would expect Zip to have and a bawdy sense of humour.

On top of this, secrets about Brannen’s behind-the-curtain fetishes and Ronny’s addictions and affairs are revealed, making it a tad too much.

Vaughn gets the opportunity to motormouth about absolutely everything (a trait that I generally find sexy), but he plays a boring idiot who goes on about what he thinks and why he does what he does and you really just want him to shut up.

In the huge mess of a movie, he makes a mess of the situation, making the film a dilemma in a dilemma in The Dilemma.

The biggest dilemma with this serio-comedy is that it advertises itself as a hilarious film, a type of bromance that audiences tend to love. Instead it is a catastrophic mess with at least three movies in one and whatever LOL moments there are seem to fall into the category of cringe-comedy.

The premise had much potential, being a twist from the usual click-flick dilemma, but it fell flat. That said, The Dilemma may be a post-modern masterpiece that will become an infamous cult classic in the next 20 years. I just found it unutterably boring, clichéd, and messy, with a great happy ending.


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