"The Dilemma" Movie Review: Not a Comedy, not a Drama, and Definitely not Worth Seeing
From Ron Howard, director of the better carmaker dramedy Gung Ho, The Dilemma is a myriad of subplots piled into the trunk of a lemon.
Vince Vaughn is Ronny, co-owner of a boutique car-engine manufacturer. Hes the pitchman; the brains belong to Nick, played by Kevin James. Their intentionto build the guts for the first electric-powered muscle car and sell the prototype to Dodge.
Theres the larger storyline: Ronny sees Nicks wife (Winona Ryder) messing around with a tattooed love boy (Channing Tatum), and his inability to reveal the infidelity sends Ronny into a slapstick free-for-pratfall. Then theres Ronnys own commitment issues to girlfriend Jennifer Connelly, the frat boys wet dream in a Cubbies tee. Ah, and what of Ronnys gambling addiction? Just wait for it.
And Queen Latifahs here toowell, here and there, in a role that appears to have been added and then forgotten just about after she was hired. The Dilemma is a mess, in short not comedy, not drama, not clever, not insightful, only forgettable.
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