She said… ‘Dilemma’ has dilemmas of its own
“The Dilemma,” the new romantic comedy with an all-star cast, faces some dilemmas of its own.
First, the movie is predictable, like many other romantic comedies. It seems Director Ron Howard knew it would be, and attempted to alleviate the problem by throwing in a few twists. Unfortunately, the twists were just as predictable as the rest of the movie and only served to make the movie about a half hour longer than similar movies.
An attempt at making the movie appeal to men is admirable, and was expected. After all, it is a movie about two male best friends. A main sub-plot of the movie revolves around muscle cars, and the use of football analogies by Vince Vaughn and Kevin James probably made the movie just bearable enough for the guys who were dragged to the theater by their significant others. At least the sports talk was mild enough for most women to understand.
Queen Latifah’s character, Susan Warner, is another attempt to draw in the male audience. She’s funny, however, her penchant for male humor just seems out of place and uncomfortable. Her role is a little strange and the movie would probably do just fine without her.
For the most part, the cast is a plus. They definitely carry the movie. Vaughn and James have styles just different enough to make a good pair, and Channing Tatum’s small role is crazy enough to make it work. Jennifer Connelly and Wynona Ryder, while maybe not the best match for the main characters, are both good actresses and they make the best of their parts.
Although there are parts that make you want to squirm, the movie IS funny. You will laugh, a little more during the second half than the first. Of course, there is the normal sappy resolution, but Howard saves it in the last scene. He leaves the audience with a “haha” feeling, instead of a lovey-dovey one, which could have ruined the movie for some of the male audience. (Isn’t the “lovey-dovey” part the reason most guys hate romantic comedies anyway?)
Overall, “The Dilemma” is worth watching, just not in a theater. Save your money for something more worthy of the big screen.