The Dilemma is funny but it’s got a lot of Vince Vaughn humor. If you’re a fan of the tall funny-man, you’ll probably love this film because you sure get a lot of him.
The Dilemma centers on two best friends from college, Ronny and Nick, who own a small business. Nick seems to have it all, a great wife (Winona Ryder), great friends, and a relatively successful business. Ronny is the serial bachelor who is thinking about settling down with his girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly), but can’t seem to make that final commitment.
Things are going well for a while – and it seems to take forever to get to the actual conflict, which happens when Ronny sees Geneva cheating on him with a tattooed young hunk named Zip (Tatum Channing). The rest of the film pretty much revolves around Ronny trying to figure out how to tell Nick about the cheating, subsequently threatening his own relationships.
Vaughn plays the same character he always plays: a loud man who rambles on a lot, spewing together phrases that sometimes make sense. On the other hand, James is only a little bit funny and is overshadowed by Vaughn’s character.
The whole idea behind this movie is great, and if executed better it could have been a really solid film. But director Ron Howard seems content on giving his actors a few one-liners that evoke a bit of a chuckle, but doesn’t quite create a character you can really connect with.
There are a couple sentimental scenes near the end that allow you to see a little bit of personality in the characters, but mostly it’s just an awkward back and forth between crude comedy and attempted sentimentality.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted comedy on a not-so-lighthearted topic and you want to laugh a couple times, you should check out this flick. You’re not going to fall off your seat laughing, and the film can be a little slow at times, but it’s not going to bore you to tears, either.