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The Dilemma (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 January 2011 (USA)
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A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.



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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 been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), are by their sides. But Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves into mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth to his best friend. Written by Universal Pictures

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Two best friends. Nothing could come between them... or could it? See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cheaters  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,816,230 (USA) (14 January 2011)


$48,430,355 (USA) (25 February 2011)

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Did You Know?


The Blackhawk jerseys worn by the main characters are those of Jonathan Toews (Nick), Patrick Kane (Ronny), Duncan Keith (Geneva) and Dave Bolland (Beth). All four players were key contributors in the Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup victory, which took place at the time of filming. See more »


When Nick revs up the engine after just starting the car, the temperature gauge is already halfway between C and H. In that brief period of time, the water temperature would not have even started to register. See more »


Zip: You killed my fish.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »


Written and Performed by Damien Jurado
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A waste of $70,000,000
28 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a shameful waste of $70,000,000. It's also an unusual waste of a talent like Jennifer Connely.

I can't even begin to tell you where this movie goes wrong, because it never seemed to go right. For the first 30 minutes of the movie, there is nothing remotely funny, original or entertaining. I gave it the benefit of the doubt, telling myself "ok, Ron Howard is just setting up the premise. It will get better." But it doesn't. Not a bit.

I had to repeatedly resist the urge to take out my phone and play Skee Ball. I should have, however, given in to the temptation to leave the theatre and demand my money back.

PS to the studio - don't market a film as a comedy if its not remotely funny. It does nothing to enhance your already tarnished reputation. (Clearly you are still pumping out left over crap from 2010)

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