A man discovers that his best friend's wife is having an affair.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writer:

Allan Loeb
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Ronny Valentine
Kevin James ... Nick Brannen
Jennifer Connelly ... Beth
Winona Ryder ... Geneva
Channing Tatum ... Zip
Queen Latifah ... Susan Warner
Amy Morton ... Diane Popovich
Chelcie Ross ... Thomas Fern
Eduardo N. Martinez Eduardo N. Martinez ... Felix
Rance Howard ... Burt
Clint Howard ... Herbert Trimpy
Guy Van Swearingen ... Saul
Troy West ... Dr. Rosenstone
Laura Whyte Laura Whyte ... Sue
Grace Rex ... Cousin Betty
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Storyline

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 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 catches 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 his own secrets. With the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide whether to reveal the truth to his best friend. Written by Universal Pictures

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The truth hurts. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Rance Howard is the father of director Ron Howard. Clint Howard is the brother of director Ron Howard. Both have speaking parts in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 than they are in the live game. See more »

Quotes

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 All the President's Men (1976) See more »

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Bomb
Written by Emma Richardson, Matt Hayward, Russell Marsden
Performed by Band of Skulls
Courtesy of PSY Collective LLC
By Arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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Not Much Of A Dilemma As The Right Option Is Obvious
11 May 2011 | by ChrysanthepopSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Vince Vaughn Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,816,230, 16 January 2011

Gross USA:

$48,475,290

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,721,966
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2.35 : 1
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