The Dilemma

(2011)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Review: The Dilemma

Transcript for Review: The Dilemma

CLIP - from THE DILEMMA

Currently playing around the country is THE DILEMMA, which is being advertised as a raunchy buddy comedy. Though, actually, it's a fairly depressing drama. Vince Vaughn plays a recovering gambling addict who doesn't want to commit to his relationship with Jennifer Connelly.


CLIP 1 – there’s always a clock

IGNATIY:

His best friend is a manic-depressive played by Kevin James, who appears to be happily married to Winona Ryder.
Soon, however, Vaughn discovers that Ryder is cheating on James with a much younger man, played by Channing Tatum. Tatum’s performance as an over-sensitive lunk-head steals the show, but the leads are strong all around, especially Kevin James, in work that shows a surprising amount of depth.

CLIP 2 – panic attack

The film isn’t without its flaws – it’s inconsistent, and characters seem to drop in and out – but its serious treatment of its characters and their problems makes it much better than it probably has any right to be. The only real question is: Why it’s being advertised as a comedy?

CHRISTY:
This is a very weird little movie.

IGNATIY:
It is very strange.

CHRISTY:
Yeah, cause the comedy parts aren’t funny, but the dramatic parts work!

IGNATIY:
They’re not funny and the feel very shoehorned in, especially the Queen Latifah stuff. But, yes, you’re right!

CHRISTY:
Oh my God, the Queen Latifah, what, all the bad sexual double entendres –

IGNATIY:
Oh, it’s so terrible, oh my God.

CHRISTY:
-- I was cringing. It doesn’t work, a single time, even. But the stuff with Jennifer Connelly, she, of course, won an Oscar with Ron Howard for BEAUTIFUL MIND. She brings a lot of substance and a lot of gravitas to this, and her scenes with Vince Vaughn –

IGNATIY:
Yeah, they work really, really well.

CHRISTY:
They actually give him a chance to show that he can really act a little bit and not just be the over-the-top crazy guy. If it were a drama, that’d be fine! And then you have this whole wacky, over-the-top ending with, like, the hockey game –

IGNATIY:
Yeah.

CHRISTY:
--- and it’s just physical and it’s raunchy. Channing Tatum is good in this. I like that he can, kind of, make fun of his pretty-boy image.

IGNATIY:
Well, he’s always been able to do that. He’s a much better actor than people give him credit for being.

CHRISTY:
He, he is. But, uh, yeah, nothing really works. It’s two different movies. It’s very strange.