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Friday, January 14, 2011

The Dilemma

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: When a guy (Vince Vaughn) finds out that his best friend's wife (Winona Ryder) is cheating, he has to figure out whether or not to tell him (Kevin James)... But really he's just figuring out how to tell him, because he's pretty much going to do it.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah, Amy Morton, Chelcie Ross

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This movie doesn't live up to any of its participants' usual standards... not even Kevin James'. Thankfully, most audiences don't hold Hollywood films to much of a standard... especially Kevin James'.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Someone who was involved with this film warned me beforehand that one should really approach this movie as if it were a drama, because it's not funny.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: As mentioned above, it is a drama, so... no.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Remember when GLAAD got all up in arms about the preview in which Vince Vaughn calls the electric car gay? Well they didn't take the joke out, and they should have! Not because the joke was offensive, but because it was gay. For that, I'm giving GLAAD the Most Embarrassing Attempt to Create Controversy Out of Nothing Award, for their work on The Dilemma. They should have targeted one of the many movies with gay jokes that are actually funny. Those are the ones people will repeat to their friends.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Winona Ryder is the only one in the lot who should add this film to her showcase reel. And maybe Channing Tatum, too, because he needs to show that he can play a role besides "guy in the military."

Q: How is the Directing?

A: For a Ron Howard movie, it's really ugly. I'm guessing that his cinematographer, Salvatore Totino, was offended that he suddenly got relegated to shooting a comedy, and the lighting in this film was his way of sticking it to the man.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The real dilemma with this premise is that there is no dilemma. If it's your best friend and you know for a fact that he's being duped, you tell. The only real issue is figuring out when and how to present it, and that just doesn't have enough conflict or suspense to rest a whole movie script on.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: The invention the main characters are trying to sell to Queen Latifah is stupid. If people want electric cars that make more engine noise (which is crazy that they would), then why don't they just link an additional sound system to the movement of the gas pedal that makes it sound like it's making more noise depending on how hard you step on the gas? If you balance the bass right, it'll even make the car shake-- as proven since the 1980s, by every low rider to ever have pumped up the bass on their rap music. So why would anyone build a whole new engine just to make more noise? Anyway, the people who want noisy engines are never buying electric cars in the first place. If they cared about people or the environment enough to buy an electric car, they wouldn't be so rude as to purposely cause their cars to create eardrum-busting noise pollution causing innocent passerbys to jump out of their skin-- do your market research, people! You've missed your demo.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?

A: The Dilemma Trailer

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