The Dilemma (2011)

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A man finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do is this story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have bee

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118 Minutes
Comedy, Drama
Ron Howard

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Rev. Adam McKinney on January 13th, 2011

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Another slow week for screenings (damn you, post-holiday movie lull!), so it's time to take a brief and entirely unfair look at what's coming out this week.

Those with an ear for mild movie-trailer-related controversies will vaguely recall an incident that transpired in the last third of 2010: In the trailer for Ron Howard's upcoming film The Dilemma, Vince Vaughn made a dumb joke about electric cars being "gay." In the ensuing weeks, a mini-shit-storm broke out, and the joke was erased from the trailer. Never mind that - however offensive you may have found the joke - it pales in comparison to The Dilemma co-star Kevin James' previous homophobic, cinematic abomination, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

Even with the gay joke expunged, judging by its trailer, The Dilemma is already in bad shape. The first observation that can be made about The Dilemma is that the comedy dynamic of the tall, skinny guy (Vince Vaughn) and the short, fat guy (Kevin James) is becoming exponentially less effective the larger Vine Vaughn's head gets. Swingers-era Vaughn could have done vaudeville with Kevin James, but now it just comes off as two fat guys. Oh, and one's taller than the other one.

Vaughn and James are partners in a vague kind of business that has something to do with cars. In addition to being partners in business, they are also partners in life - er, I mean best friends. One day, Vaughn spots James' girlfriend (Winona Ryder) making out with some stranger. The dilemma? Whether or not to tell James about the indiscretion.

Vaughn talks really fast, James is doughy and pleasant, Ryder is once again a shrew and Jennifer Connelly is there for some reason. Everything in its right place. The only puzzler is Ron Howard's involvement.

This is Howard's first comedy since Edtv (we're going to forget about How the Grinch Stole Christmas) limply slapped onto silvers screens over a decade ago. Why this movie? Why now? Why is this the natural follow-up to Frost/Nixon (we're going to forget about Angels & Demons)?

He has to know something I don't (which is everything, seeing as I haven't seen the movie). So, if you really want to see The Dilemma, here's what you do: Have you seen True Grit? Yes? Good. Buy a ticket for True Grit and sneak into The Dilemma.

If it turns out you like The Dilemma and you want to give them your money, buy a ticket for it and sneak into The Green Hornet.

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