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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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The truth hurts. 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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$17,816,230 (USA) (16 January 2011)

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$48,475,290 (USA)
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Working titles included "Cheaters" and "What You Don't Know". 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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Ronny Valentine: Nick, great moments come from great opportunities. And that's what you've earned here today. It's what you've earned here today.
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References Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »

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DETROIT ROCK CITY
Written by Robert Ezrin (as Bob Ezrin), Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Tests patience with boring story lines, but Vaughn and James can save it
28 January 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I like titles where one word can refer to multiple things occurring in the movie. "The Dilemma" can mean, will Ronny (Vince Vaughn) propose to girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly)? or when Ronny catches Geneva (Winona Ryder) cheating on best friend Nick (Kevin James), should he tell him? Will Ronny and Nick be able to land and keep the lucrative Chrysler deal to save their company? Unfortunately, none of these story lines are particularly interesting or very funny.

Vince Vaughn is his usual self, and Kevin James can be both funny and the nerdy engineer. But the problems occur at the very beginning, first when we realize that one of the best actresses in the cast, Ms. Connelly, is only there to smile and look pretty, and then we start concentrating on Winona Ryder who appears as though she's acting in "Girl, Interrupted" instead; her character is just way too deranged looking to be enjoyable. For what should be a simple buddy comedy, they added way too many sub-plots and although there were a few laughs, it was mostly boring and not all that funny.

By the end, the film settled down a bit more, and we got to concentrate on Ronny and Nick. Vaughn and James are the only two actors in the film who actually belong in such a film, and I enjoyed their camaraderie. They were good characters, funny guys, and decent people. "The Dilemma" isn't horribly written, had a few jokes, and I was smiling at the end, but it tested my patience just a bit too much.


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