Movie: The Dilemma

By admin
04 March 2011


With Vince Vaughn, Kevin James and Channing Tatum.

Director: Ron Howard.


Opens 21 March.

Rating: 3/5

What’s it about?

Two best friends find themselves in a difficult situation when one discovers the other guy’s wife is cheating on him.

Who will enjoy it? 

Guys who feel there aren’t enough films about blood brothers will appreciate this.

It’s a theme Hollywood usually makes fun of, such as in Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups, but under the strong direction of Ron Howard this otherwise ordinary movie about infidelity becomes a boxing match of male temperaments.

These guys would walk through fire for each other but aren’t ready to take responsibility for the emotions that come with friendship.

After 20 years of partying it’s time to grow up.

The Dilemma starts off as a black comedy about two best friends trying to survive life’s daily challenges but gains depth when Ronny (Vaughn) sees Nick’s (James) wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), kissing hunky Zip (Tatum).

An intense examination of relationships, friendship and the nature of honesty follows – at first with a quirky, streetwise tone but eventually with dead seriousness.

What sets the film apart is the surprisingly sober performances by two actors who are usually seen in superficial comedies in which their characters are the butt of the joke.

Here they deliver polished, multidimensional performances  – so The Dilemma is highly recommended for guys in the mood for a movie that takes a sympathetic, respectful look at brotherhood. It’s like Fight Club but without the blood.

And Channing Tatum’s performance as a playboy is a highpoint.

Similar films 

Swingers, Due Date, Grown Ups.

Popcorn fact

Jennifer Garner was originally cast as Ronny’s girlfriend but the part went to Jennifer Connelly.

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