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The Dilemma [DVD]

Vince Vaughn , Kevin James , Ron Howard    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5Z0DC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,632 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 humour and poignancy, is somewhere between secrets and lies. --A.T. Hurley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not comedy but good none the less 28 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'll keep it brief, but I wanted to write something as I feel 'The Dilema' deserves at least 3 stars.
I think most people who hate this film were expecting a comedy with loads of laugh out loud moments and the main actors and the front cover definately support that assumption but I'm here to say, this isn't a comedy at all really, though there are some humourous moments.
Basically, the dilema is, Do you tell your best friend if you catch their wife cheating on them ?
I think it's a good film, maybe not a great one but all of the people I watched it with liked it, even if it wasn't what we were expecting.
Please give this film a chance and decide for yourself, don't be put off by all the low ratings as I think they just reflect the fact that most of them like crude comedies and stumbled upon something a little deeper and more intelligent.
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"In black humour, topics and events that are usually regarded as taboo, specifically those related to death, are treated in an unusually humorous or satirical manner while retaining their seriousness; the intent of black comedy, therefore, is often for the audience to experience both laughter and discomfort, sometimes simultaneously." This is the Wikipedia opening to the article on black comedy/humour and it fits this film almost to perfection; although no-one actually dies, there are deaths of various kinds.

It builds humorously for ninety minutes and we laughed out loud so often watching the complexities of the relationships building to an hilarious, misunderstood climax. Then ten minutes of "deep seriousness" before it ends in the hypersphere of ...

Black comedy is not for everyone and it does not always work, so fine is the line it treads. Audiences may well be left feeling ambivalent, however, this film is not meant to be taken seriously and, despite its dealing with serious subjects, I hope viewers will realise it is not asking to be taken seriously. Taking it seriously misses the point. For some, it may be too near a bone or two, but I enjoyed it and laughed, even at the OTT ending.

It may be my sense of humour and the suspension of disbelief (in this case the suspension of belief too) but it was enjoyable in all its silliness. The actors played their parts well and I never doubted for a moment that they knew it was a comedy. It will not be to everyone's taste but we enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too serious for a comedy. 13 Jun 2011
This starts off as a potentially good comedy, but sadly follows a more somber, dull and humourless track.

A best friend pairing win a contract with Dodge to produce an electric engine. Whilst developing this project, Ronny (Vince Vaughan) catches his best friend Nick's (Kevin James) wife cheating on him. This then unveils an unhappy marriage of lies, all whilst considering his own.

Like most American comedies, it is all a bit hyper and wild, using a dramatic performance to get the laugh, rather than the joke itself. The film has some qualities and looks well directed by Ron Howard, but for me it falls short, losing it's purpose and identity.

The film also has broken roles for Winona Ryder, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Connelly and Channing Tatum.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No Dilema really, it just aint that great 3 Jun 2011
The premise of this film looks good on paper with the cast, and with Ron Howard directing, but sadly, as a BIG fan of Kevin James myself, having watched him in his rise to fame T.V series, The King of Queens, which ran for several seasons since the late 90's and finished in 2006. Thus I was really hoping for this film to be great, truly i was rooting for it even when at stages it wasn't really that funny, i couldn't, with my love for James's work, blindly rate this a good film.

The story follows close friends & self made businessmen/inventors, Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn) as the face & presenter of the two & Nick Brannen (Kevin James) as the inventor of a new product. Vaughn is in a long term relationship with Beth (Jennifer Connelly) & James is married to Geneva (Winona Ryder). The two men are in talks with car firm Dodge, with a new invention of making electric car engines sound like old day horse power classic cars. Their intermediatiary to the company is Susan Warner (Queen Latifah). Under heavy stress to get the device working, Nick has neglected his wife Geneva, and she in turn has been seeking sex from the dumb & young Zip (Channing Tatum). However one day Ronny, planning a romantic spot to propose to his partner, he sees Geneva & Zip in a romantic position. Thus the dilema, as in the title of the film, Ronny has to decide what to do. Tell his friend outright, or wait to secure the big deal of their lives. silly investigations & situations result.

This film didn't deliver the funnies for me, was it even supposed to be a comedy ? its that weird a film, where you cant judge the vibe of it. Vaughn plays it mostly serious as the straight guy & goes ape on a few occasions in the film, that looks more tragic then funny, as with his cutting wit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd 26 Feb 2014
By Max
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought as present as Vince Vaughn usually funny but it was an ok film only. would not watch it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a dilemma 24 Oct 2013
By Stigson
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A gentle little comedy with a moral. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James in an otherwise standard comedy. There are some good extras on the disc. There were only 2 reasons I bought this movie, it was cheap and I got to see my teenage crush Winona Ryder in action, and damn she looks good still lol.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as usual Vince Vaughn/Kevin James' films
This was watchable but not something which I am bothered about seeing again. the storyline is a bit silly. Personally I don't think the story is very realistic.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Mess Of A Movie
I Cannot believe Ron Howard directed this!!!

Just one of a long line of terrible Vince Vaughn 'comedies'? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan E
4.0 out of 5 stars film
I liked it but was sad at the situatuion. there were some very funny bits to it but also very sad
Published 10 months ago by eunice millichap
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious! Had my crying with laughter!
I love this duo! They're fresh and comical, making an excellent movie, I can't express this enough in words, except that you should definitely see it! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Adorablekittens
2.0 out of 5 stars Really rubbish, sadly
Loved the cast of this film but it never really took off for me. It was totsally disjointed and I didn't care for any of the characters enough to care what happened. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dilema DVD
Arrived promptly and in great condition. A great film, very funny, bought as a christmas gift for my son who liked it.
Published 17 months ago by Mrs E L Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
Interesting and quite funny. Vince is as usual excellent though the other characters less. The story is actually quite good though it could have been better brought out with more... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kobi
1.0 out of 5 stars Should not be advertised as a comedy - never laughed once
I just wasted a part of my life sitting through this film. One of the worst films I ever had the misfortune of watching. So so poor!!!
Published 19 months ago by L. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars fab film
this film good enjoyed and would watch again for sure good actors in this film so even better to watch
Published 19 months ago by kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a comedy
Am I the only one who felt a bit duped? They put a couple of (normally quite) funny actors on the cover and the Dilemma's marketing describes it as a `comedy. Read more
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