Movie Review - The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James

by David Schuster


Ryder, Connelly, Vaughn, and James

Went to see “The Dilemma” the other day. No, the title isn’t about the Bulls having a shooting guard who can’t shoot or about the Bear’s deciding whether or not to give Lovie Smith an extension. Rather it’s about a guy who see his best friend’s  wife cheating with another man and he is conflicted on if,  or how,  to tell him.
Vince Vaughn and Kevin James are the two best friends and Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder are their significant others. This is a pretty star studded cast but the problem in this movie is that it can’t decide if it’s a comedy or a drama. Vaughn and James have starred in a multitude of funny movies over the last few years but they are far from funny in this one

Maybe that’s the overall problem. When you see a comedic actor on screen you expect laughs and that’s not how the script was written. It’s not that Vaughn and James can’t be dramatic but better (or different) casting would have helped.
Ron Howard directed this flick and he has put out some incredible productions such as: Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cocoon and Frost/Nixon but this movie just doesn’t measure up. The writing was well below his normal fare and the movie just seems disjointed.
There is a good message in this movie and it does make for good conversation much like the movie “Indecent Proposal” did with Demi Moore, Robert Redford and Woody Harrelson. But it’s lacking in direction and sputters completely at the end.
As always, it’s fun to see how Howard gets his brother Clint into the story. He always makes a cameo and he does again. And if you don’t know who Clint Howard is then go back and look at the old TV show “Gentle Ben” A hint, he’s not the bear.
My rating – a double – two stars for “The Dilemma”

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