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The Dilemma 2011 Subtitles

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3.1 out of 5 stars (58) IMDb 5.3/10

Vince Vaughn and Kevin James star in director Ron Howard's insanely funny comedy about a man who finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do.

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Vince Vaughn, Kevin James
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Ron Howard
Starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James
Supporting actors Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah, Amy Morton, Chelcie Ross, Eduardo N. Martinez, Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Guy Van Swearingen, Troy West, Laura Whyte, Grace Rex, Mike McNamara, Rebecca Spence, Tim Rhoze, Madison Dirks, Michael Patrick Thornton
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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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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Vince Vaughn should be ashamed of himself for taking part in this drivel. I am assuming that the producers mixed up their definitions; with the end result being simply stupid and not even remotely funny. The film just drags and drags and is so far from being funny that it is almost painful to watch.

Perhaps if they had written in some jokes rather than just making the actors behave like idiots it would have improved things.
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By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2012
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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.'

It isn't.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad film, just not particularly funny. No, scrub that - not funny at all. I sat there waiting for the jokes. They didn't come.

Vince Vaughn discovers his best friend's wife is cheating with another man. The `dilemma' comes as he struggles to decide what to do about it. Yes, with a plot like that, there's a certain amount of scope for comedy. However, they obviously chose not to go with it.

Like I say, the film's okay, but I put it on expecting a happygolucky, silly comedy (such as the Wedding Crashers or something) to tickle my funny bone for an hour and a half. I felt a little cheated. I may however watch it another time, but only when I'm in the mood for something a little more heavy.
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