Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Queen Latifah, Channing Tatum
As I started to watch this movie my expectations couldn’t have been any lower, I’m usually not a fan of the typical Hollywood comedies mainly because I don’t find slapstick humor or teenage boy humor funny, but I was pleasantly surprised by The Dilemma. The movie stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, and I was pretty apprehensive about the movie because their persona’s in other films really annoy me…but frankly I was bored and figured I would give the movie a chance. I have started this new thing where I give movies between 20-30 minutes to capture my interest if I’m still bored 30 minutes into a movie then, into the garbage they go (obviously not literally).
watching The Dilemma, after 30 minutes I realized that while this movie is by no means great or fantastically hilarious, it definitely has its winning moments. The plot of the movie is simple; Should you tell your best friend if you catch his/her spouse cheating on them? (should you?). While the movie is pretty straightforward the move is not bland and I think that’s because of the acting, Vaughn and James were great together and didnt over do their performances. Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder who play the wife and the girlfriend also add some extra depth to the movie and play their parts excellently, there are also some brief scenes with Queen Latifah which added an additional humorous touch.
I think the funniest scenes to me were when …(spoiler) Vaughn got into a fight with the guy who was sleeping with his best friend’s wife, the guy (Channing Tatum, who I definitely have my questions about as an actor) started crying and freaking out and it was super funny. One of the other scenes I enjoyed was the scene where Vaughn tries to tell James that his wife his cheating on him and he says “can I talk to you about something personal?” and James freaks out and says something like ” really!!!!??? you think I have time to talk to you about personal stuff right now?!!!??” and then When James later apologizes he says ” ok you have 9 minutes of my undivided attention…*pause* ok you still have 8 minutes tell me what you wanted to say” hahaha. I think the most interesting character was the cheating wife ( Winona Ryder) her character is at first portrayed as only sightly annoying then the movie morphs her into the adulterous wife. Then the movie tries to get you to feel sorry for her by showing her side of the marriage and what led her to have an affair, but then the movie completely destroys any sympathy you feel for her by turning her into a super manipulative/borderline evil wife.
Another positive of the movie is that they give Vince Vaughn a real backstory and because of this, you really see his character go through significant personal development during the movie. which I think is the reason why I enjoyed this movie because I hate comedies that have no story and are just about getting laughs. This movie has a plot, a moral compass and provides humor all at once and that’s why its enjoyable. Cinematically, I dont think this movie stands out in other areas but the one area it does well ( not great but well) is plot and acting casting was also done pretty, well I think all the actors really brought their characters alive….and made you either love them, pity them, hate them, or cheer them on and I think that’s what good performances are supposed to be about.
Bluej Rating: B