Alert your fraternity! My man Vince Vaughn is back to charm/offend/entertain audiences in Ron Howard’s latest flick, The Dilemma, which also stars Kevin James, Jennifer Connolly, Winona Ryder, and Channing Tatum. “Bro-codes” and other gender-related policies are tested under the highest of stakes in this Universal Studios release.

Check out the review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Writer: Allan Loeb
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connolly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum
  • Cinematography By: Salvatore Totino
  • Original Music By: Lorne Balfe, Hans Zimmer

The Plot:

Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) are partners at an auto design firm and have been BFF’s since college. When Ronny inadvertently catches Nick’s wife, Geneva (Ryder) getting cozy with another man (Tatum), he’s faced with the ultimate brotherly dilemma: tell him or not? They’re in the throes of landing a dream project and the bad news could affect Nick’s work, so Ronny holds off on breaking the news. Instead, he takes matters into his own hands by pursuing an amateur investigation that spirals into sheer mayhem, potentially compromising his relationship with both Ronny and his soon to be fiance, Beth (Connolly).

The Good:

  • Vaughn/James: I’d argue that Vaughn currently reigns at number one on the comedy charts – his name alone baits vast numbers to the box office. That said, landing a role as his opposite has become a coveted job since it will undoubtedly render great exposure. Personally, I pity all actors attempting to trump the Vaughn/Wilson duo from Wedding Crashers but I’ve got to hand it to Kevin James with the very close second. His humor juxtaposes Vaughn’s in a way that doesn’t leave him upstaged. Each actor’s respective comedic timing compliments the other’s making them a lovable, perfectly amusing pair to watch.
  • Sports Analogies: Vaughn films rarely fail to access their male audience, but the ongoing use of sports analogies in this particular flick should strike an exceptionally masculine chord! Every featured conflict, work or love-life related, was rationalized and further strategized by football terminology. (Those of you uneducated females will hopefully better understand words like “red zone” and “touchdown”).
  • Themes: The Dilemma redefines (or at least clarifies) the logistics of the “bro-code,” but more importantly it highlights the indispensable virtue of honesty in all relationship forms.

The Bad:

  • Winona Ryder: Who put you in this movie? More importantly, who put you in Black Swan? I digress. Ryder simply didn’t fit the dynamic of this role or the picture in general. This casting choice put a damper on what could have made for a fabulous foursome. Boo.
  • Vaughn/Connolly Relationship: You root for Ronny because you can’t NOT root for Vince Vaughn. But let’s be real, if your ex-alcoholic/gambler boyfriend had “inexplicable” leper-like rashes that inspired penis malfunctions, came home with gigantic bruises on both his face and his Mustang, and destroyed your parents’ anniversary dinner you’d most likely RUN from a marriage proposal. Not Beth, Beth was thrilled to accept his hand. Explain that one to me.


Exactly what you expect it to be with a little more substance than your average comedy. Definitely worth a ticket purchase if you’re trying to get your laugh on.

Rating: 7/10

The Dilemma opens in theaters on January 14.

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