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The Dilemma (2011)

 -  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 »

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

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,102,798 (UK) (21 January 2011)

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

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When Ronny follows Geneva into the bar during the hockey game and confronts her about the affair, the Chicago Blackhawks are wearing different uniforms on the televisions in the bar then they are in the live game. See more »

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Geneva: I have a question for the table. How long does it take before you really know someone?
Beth: I think that you are always continuing to know someone. As time changes, so do we. I say that when things are tough and you see how someone is, you get a good sense of who they are.
Ronny Valentine: Yeah, that's right.
Nick Brannen: Well, I think that you can know in the first ten seconds of seeing someone. That's how I fell in love with Geneva.
Geneva: Awww.
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References Weird Science (1985) See more »

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Howlin' for You
Written by Dan Auerbach (as Dan Auerbach) and Patrick J. Carney (as Patrick Carney)
Performed by The Black Keys
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Not Much Of A Dilemma As The Right Option Is Obvious
11 May 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

How could one go wrong with a cast like Jennifer Connelly, Vince Vaughn, Winona Ryder, Kevin James and Queen Latifah? While 'The Dilemma' isn't among the worst movies, it's still a big disappointment. The premise doesn't promise a classic but it sounded funny and since Vaughn and James were involved, I expected to laugh and with Ryder and especially Connelly, I expected some substance. 'The Dilemma' is a complete failure where substance is concerned. It did make me laugh on a few (very few occasions). Plot holes are very apparent and I also thought it was ridiculous how the story was making Ryder's Geneva to look like the villain when her husband is equally to be blamed for the same. In addition, the story deviates in the last half hour only to head further downhill. Vince Vaughn's Ronny is more vulnerable than the characters he usually plays and he does a good job. Kevin James's Nick suffers from poor writing. It's good to see Winona Ryder back in a meaty role (even though it was a small part). Luminous beauty and immensely talented Jennifer Connelly is criminally wasted. Ditto for the voluptuous Queen Latifah.


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