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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 »

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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)

Opening Weekend:

£1,102,798 (UK) (21 January 2011)

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$48,430,355 (USA) (25 February 2011)
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The film's trailer caused an almighty fuss because of one line where Vince Vaughn's character says "Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay". Universal contacted the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to see how they felt about it; not surprisingly GLAAD were not keen on it. Sure enough, the trailer attracted a lot of criticism for this one line when it was released, even being publicly criticized by Anderson Cooper. Universal were forced to release a new trailer without the offending line. Ron Howard, however, refused to cut the line from the film itself as he felt it was tantamount to censorship. See more »

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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 »

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Nick Brannen: Geez Ronnie, you look like a mess.
Ronny Valentine: But the sweater looks good, huh?
Nick Brannen: What happened to you?
Nick Brannen: Barfight.
Beth: A barfight? Really?
Nick Brannen: Yeah, it was a biker's bar, the Zip Bar and Grill. It's a no good dirtbag place. You want to take that off the GPS.
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Written by Scott Nickoley, Jeff Bradfield, Jamie Dunlap
Performed by Michael Mulholland
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Unfairly Bashed
22 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went into this movie with an open mind. I didn't think it would be the greatest movie ever made, but at the same time I knew it was directed by Ron Howard, who has made some outstanding movies. The movie is not as funny as I thought it would be, but in the end that was o.k. to me. Most people probably went to see it with the mindset that it was going to be a mindless laugh-fest because of the previews and the stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. This is not the case. In my opinion Vince Vaughn has one of his better performances in this film. Kevin James did the most he could with his character, but in the end fell flat. I think that if you watch this movie without any expectations you'll end up enjoying it. Final verdict - not great, but not a waste of time either.


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