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Movie Review: The Dilemma

The Dilemma

Not since “Wedding Crashers” has there been such an epic bromance, as the testosterone-filled friendship between buddies Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Kevin James).

Except no one will be quoting “The Dilemma” for the next five years — at least, we can all hope so.

Best friends since college and the co-owners of a car business, they share a close friend circle that includes Nick’s wife and Ronny’s girlfriend.

But all romances have their played out ups and downs — at least they do in bad comedies.
Insert a moral “dilemma” and the usual Vince Vaughn comedy schtick can’t hold up around the more serious issues of relationships, trust and addiction.

After catching Nick’s wife cheating, Ronny’s world is rocked: Does he tell his best friend?

The strange guest appearance by the tattooed and potentially unstable Channing Tatum as the other man to Winona Ryder’s cheating is exhausting and overbearing.

Throw that in with Ronny’s tricky past (a gambling addict) which leads to his girlfriend staging an intervention where all the secrets can come out in front of the entire cast.

The film seems to be more about ridiculous situations than the dilemma itself.

“The Dilemma” is the epitome of an unsuccessful balance between humor and moral questions.

If it has one positive, it is at least somewhat realistic. Who wouldn’t cheat on Kevin James?

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