Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Dilemma- Movie Review

Editorial Reviews from Barnes and

A lifelong bachelor struggles over whether to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him with another man in this comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer. Inseparable since college, best friends Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James) have recently gone into business together by starting their own engine design firm. Meanwhile, Ronny has begun dating Beth (Jennifer Connelly) and Nick is happily married to Geneva (Winona Ryder). The four friends couldn't be more happy together until the day that Ronny catches Geneva with another man (Channing Tatum), and tells her that he can't keep the news a secret from Nick. But when Geneva fires back that she will deny everything and shift the blame to Ronny, the decision over how to handle the sensitive situation becomes all the more difficult. Subsequently attempting to gather irrefutable evidence of the affair, Ronny uncovers a few secrets about his old pal Nick as well. And the timing couldn't be worse either, because in just a few days Ronny and Nick are scheduled to give the presentation that could make or break their company. With the weight of the truth bearing down on Ronny's conscience and no simple solution to his pressing dilemma, it all comes down to one crucial, defining moment that could make or break his friendship with Nick forever.

My thoughts:
It is starting to feel like Vince Vaughn is always playing the same character.  I'm not sure if it is simply the way he delivers his lines and the timing of them, but I really think it is more than that.  His movies are fun and funny, but he always seems to be able the same.  he could still be the same character he played in The Break-Up or Four Christmases, there was nothing here in this performance to separate him from the others.

That said I did feel like Vaughn did a good job a Ronny, he made him seem like a believable character who was very conflicted about telling his friend about the affair the other man's wife was having, but the extremes he went to were only in the movies kind of things.  The spying and following I could buy, but he went a step beyond that and I really doubt that most people would.

I had trouble finding sympathy for Winona Ryder's character.  She feels she isn't connecting with her husband so she has an affair and does not seem to feel remorse about her lies.  If she was so unhappy in the marriage, why wouldn't she just leave it? 

While there were a lot of funny parts, I had a hard time watching some of the scenes, I was embarrassed for the characters and that is one of the things that puts me off of movies.  I love comedies and having a chance to laugh, but hate feeling like I am laughing totally at someone elses expense.

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