Movie Review: The Dilemma

Thursday, January 27, 2011
Synopsis: Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny and happily married Nick 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. With Ronny's girlfriend, Beth, and Nick's wife, Geneva, by their sides, they're unbeatable. 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 his world into comic 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.
Starring: Rebecca Spence, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder
Directed by: Ron Howard
U.S. Rating: PG-13

The Dilemma was one of the first comedy films I planned to watch this year 2011. I was basically expecting the film since I watched the first trailer few months ago. The content showed on these trailers sold it completely. Even more, knowing that it was directed by Ron Howard.

The film is about the story of Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James), two best friends from college. They run a very sucessful business building green energy & electrical engines for cars. Their objective is to get a good deal with Chrysler and build electric engines for their sport cars. Ronny has evaded to "pop the question" to her girlfriend Beth (Jennifer Connelly), even though, she's been patiently waiting for that moment. Nick is married with Geneva (Winona Ryder).

Since Ronny is being pushed by Geneva and Nick to propose Beth, he finally decides to prepare the "perfect environment, place and moment" to ask her to marry him. He has decided to do it at the botanical garden. While he's planning the small details with the manager, he sees Geneva walking with another guy called Zip (Channing Tatum) and hiding among the trees and gardens. He finally sees what he didn't really want to see... His best friend's wife kissing another man.

Now, Ronny is facing a very difficult dilemma... Tell his dear friend that his wife is cheating on him with another man. While he's thinking of the best way to tell him, he also faces the difficult situation of affecting their all project due date and deal with Chrysler and not deliver the new engine, since the brain of all this engineering project is... Nick. He knows if he tells Nick, he'll put so much stress on him and will finally take his mind away from their project and plans.

Trying to "solve" the situation, Ronny tries to deal with this problem with Geneva and Zip, but it will turn into something even more confusing. He's also being affected, not attending his meetings and dead lines with Chrysler, and worst of all, creating some tense situations with his dear love Beth.

At the end, the truth flourishes. All these four people have to face their own dilemmas and solve their problems the best way they can, and most important, prevent these situations in the future.

Well, to be honest, I should start saying that the team and company in charged of the film marketing and promotion failed BIG time delivering the true gender of this film. Why do I say this? Since the very first time I watched the trailer several months ago, I was extremely excited because I genuinely thought it was going to be a black comedy drama, but it turned to be a cynical dramedy. It had some good insights into friendship. There was no chemistry between these two couples, especially between Ronny & Beth. Being such a HUGE fan of Jennifer Connelly, I'd expect it to see a good chemistry, but it just failed.

Sadly, it was a just a forgettable film that could have been such a great comedy (or even a great dramedy), having such a great cast. Huge fail for Universal Pictures for selling us the film as a funny comedy, but it was far from it, it was definitely a drama with a few laughable moments.

I would rate this movie with a 2/5

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