The Dilemma

The Dilemma

Ron Howard (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Good intentions lead to little of consequence in this underwhelming comedy produced by and starring Vince Vaughn. As usual, the Wedding Crashers star adopts the slick salesman approach as Ronny Valentine, the business partner and best buddy of Nick (played by a typically soppy Kevin James). Winona Ryder is lumbered with playing the wedge that is driven between them - married to Nick but spied by Ronny canoodling with another man (Channing Tatum). So begins a gradual nervous breakdown as Ronny frets over the best course of action, while trying to convince his own long-time love (an impossibly tolerant Jennifer Connelly) that he is husband material. Sadly, much like The Break-Up (which Vaughn also produced), the story lacks credibility and insight, and the gags are often incongruous. Even with veteran director Ron Howard behind the camera, proceedings too often veer off in the wrong direction.


A man realises his best friend's wife is having an affair. Unsure of whether he will be believed, he sets out to gather irrefutable evidence of her infidelity, but is not prepared for the further secrets he uncovers. Ron Howard's comedy drama, starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder and Jennifer Connelly.

Cast & Crew

Ronny Valentine Vince Vaughn
Nick Brannen Kevin James
Beth Jennifer Connelly
Geneva Winona Ryder
Zip Channing Tatum
Susan Warner Queen Latifah
Concept car spokesmodel Talulah Riley
Thomas Fern Chelcie Ross
Diane Amy Morton
Jackie Rebecca Spence
Herbert Trimpy Clint Howard
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Jan 2011
Drama Comedy