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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H4ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,788 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Dilemma" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes with Introduction by Director Ron Howard
  • Gag Reel
  • This is The Dilemma

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard. Ronny’s (Vaughn) world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees something he should not have, and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comic mayhem, he learns that his best friend Nick (James) has a few secrets of his own. Now, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth. Also starring Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah.

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    Director Ron Howard (Splash) returns to his comedy roots with The Dilemma, a deft screwball drama-comedy with a decidedly modern spin. Costars Vince Vaughn (Ronny) and Kevin James (Nick) manage to be funny as well as poignant--and their "bromance" is one of the most touching and believable relationships on the big screen. The supporting cast is top-notch too. Jennifer Connelly, effortlessly lovely and graceful, plays Beth, Ronny's girlfriend. Winona Ryder, who makes a welcome return to film, plays Nick's wife, Geneva. "The dilemma" of the title occurs when Ronny sees Geneva with another man. Should he tell his best friend his wife is cheating on him? And what's the best time to drop a bombshell like that on someone you love?

    The Dilemma is surprisingly poignant for a comedy--the emotions and heartbreak are faced straight on. And Vaughn and James are more than capable of expanding their doofusy personas to show nuance and defeat. The supporting cast, as with all Howard films, is also great--including Channing Tatum as Geneva's partner-in-crime; Queen Latifah, who commands the screen as always; and of course Howard's brother Clint in a cameo. But the heart of The Dilemma is played out among the four main characters, who are solid, engaging, and sometimes appropriately off-putting. The Dilemma asks "Is honesty really the best policy?" And the answer, deftly portrayed with rueful humor and poignancy, is somewhere between secrets and lies. --A.T. Hurley

    Customer Reviews

    With stars like Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, it should have been funny.
    Kristine
    And that's what I didn't like since they pushed it so hard as a comedy they could have actually done a funny movie w/ the plot they had but it just didn't go that way.
    Beeshy
    A comedy can't succeed very well if the script isn't funny and the movie relies on its actors to provide it with humor.
    Joshua Miller

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    30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jonny Lee on May 26, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Do you ever hear things through the grapevine that make you want to NOT like a movie? "The Dilemma" was one of those flicks for me. I heard so much bad stuff about it, that where I would typically want to watch it just to see how wrong everybody was, I actually didn't want to see it at all.

    Quite frequently, problems occur at my local Blockbuster, where titles that are supposed to be on the shelf on a given day, aren't. So when this movie finally made it to the shelf 1 1/2 weeks after its release date (their excuse was that Direct TV bought out Blockbuster, and they were closing negotiation contracts with movie studios), it was the only fairly new release there on that particular day that I hadn't seen. So, I reluctantly picked it up.

    First off, this was improperly billed as a comedy. WRONG! It's not even a dark comedy. I laughed all of three times, and only once out loud. It's all about soul searching and trying to decide how to do what is right in an almost impossibly awkward situation. It's about questioning whether or not to follow your heart or your head. It's about seeing honesty for what it truly is. It's about relationships and the ability to maintain fidelity within one where the entire physical part of it has been removed. It's about much, much more, as well.

    Now I can see why everyone bashed "The Dilemma" from here to Kingdom Come. It was billed as a comedy, and the movie viewers came out of the theater confused as to why they barely laughed, let alone why they hardly cracked a smile. The human psyche is a computer that is programmable. If you program that computer to think that it is going to see an comedy and nothing is funny, the computer goes haywire. Somewhere inside it's intricate information pathways is the repetitive phrase, "That does not compute!
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    28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on May 2, 2011
    Format: DVD
    Let's face it: Finding your best friend's wife is cheating on him, and then trying to tell him (and then trying NOT to tell him), isn't funny. A great comedic director could take that situation and turn it around, make the serious hysterical. Ron Howard, alas, is not a great comedic directer. He's a pretty darn good dramatic director, however, which ultimately hinders THE DILEMMA.

    The problem is, the film isn't funny. Even when it tries, which it rarely does. At moments, the film achieves a certain poignancy that is touching; it examines the crevices of the buddy-buddy relationship (in a much more serious way than, say Judd Apatow usually does), and hits some disturbingly harsh notes. What is most frustrating is that the cast (yes, even Kevin James) is up for the challenge: Vince Vaughn has proven himself a dramatic actor in the past, as has Jennifer Connelly. James holds his own; in fact, when he's at his worst when he's trying for yucks. Winnona Ryder delivers a solid, understated performance (as she did in BLACK SWAN). Queen Latifah is a bit over-the-top in her minor role, but Channing Tatum is surprisingly not; not that he's suddenly metamorphosed into a mesmerizing actor (his "emotional" scene opposite Vaughn makes the latter look like a true thespian), but at least he's trying here.

    Allan Loeb's script is a bit two-dimensional, and Ron Howard's directing, as it unfortunately can be, is lazy; this film meanders, and never truly finds its place. It's not funny--I saw it in a packed (I know!) theater, and there were mostly groans--and it's not tender; it's uncomfortable to watch, but usually in the wrong ways. Occasionally the film strikes just the right awkward note, giving you a peak at the film it COULD have been.
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    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lily on May 9, 2011
    Format: DVD
    My boyfriend and I rented this movie the other night out of sheer boredom, boy, was that a mistake! There were maybe two scenes that made us laugh, the rest of the movie we yawned and just commented on how boring the movie is. I personally didn't like any of the characters, and the only one I felt some sympathy toward was Jennifer Connelly's. Queen Latifah had few lines and I think she was the funniest character in this movie. I am not a professional movie reviewer, but I would not recommend this movie to anyone unless you are planning to be bored.
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    15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 15, 2011
    Format: Amazon Instant Video
    This is over 2 hours long and there are very few laughs if any in this film. The pace is slow and the overall message quite depressing. This is the movie equivalent of a 2 hour budget airline flight. If you want to be uncomfortable and frustrated for 2 hours then this is the film for you.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T Bradford Wilemon on May 3, 2012
    Format: DVD
    I couldn't eject this popporn fast enough. Howard has lost it. I had a feeling like you get when a centipede crawls across your arm.........no, that is stimulating as well as creepy.

    This schlock is just creepy. It's more like drinking sewer water accidentally (not that I've done that ever). Actually, now that I think about it, it's more like toxic sludge that gets dumped on your soul. If you like TV this one's for you. "Hilarious" my bottom.
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    10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on January 30, 2011
    Format: DVD
    "What would you do if you happen to learn that your best friend's wife is having an affair with some other guy?" I'm not sure if you find the set-up of Ron Howard-directed comedy "The Dilemma" as interesting as the filmmakers, but anyway, they thought the question has potential for funny, even insightful, comedy / drama, which unfortunately "The Dilemma" is not.

    Vince Vaughn plays a bachelor Ronny, living with a nice and beautiful girlfriend and successful chef Beth (Jennifer Connelly). Kevin James is Nick, a happily married genius car designer and best friend of Ronny. One day, in a Chicago botanical garden Ronny sees Geneva (Winona Ryder), Nick's wife, passionately kissing a young man Zip (Channing Tatum). With their presentation for Chrysler coming up soon, Ronny has to deal with the difficult (so he thinks) situations when his best friend Nick is under pressure struggling to design a new engine.

    If you are expecting something like a light-hearted comedy, "The Dilemma" is not. Actually, it is often dark, without much wit or sense of humor (except Vince Vaughn's deadpan delivery of them, which is worth seeing). You really don't like those self-absorbed (if not selfish) characters. Except a couple of scenes, the two female characters have little to do. Only Queen Latifah knows what she is doing, even though her character has virtually no place here.

    The biggest problem with "The Dilemma" is, well, Ronny's "dilemma" is not a big dilemma enough after all to make a comedy or a psychodrama. Once you decide on telling (or not telling) your best friend the truth, there is not much you can do. Ronny, it seems, thinks otherwise, which is fine, but instead of taking a simple course, he keeps making incredibly stupid decisions. And these incredible decisions are followed by clichéd set-pieces that are not very funny, or worse, even offensive.

    With A-list players and director, "The Dilemma" is a disappointment.
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