The Dilemma

January 14th 2011
  • Comedy/Drama,
  • PG-13,
  • 118 min,
  • Universal Pictures
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum, Queen Latifah, Amy Morton, Chelcie Ross, Rance Howard, Clint Howard, Guy Van Swearingen, Troy West, Laura Whyte, Grace Rex, Mike McNamara, Rebecca Spence, Tim Rhoze, Sandy Marshall, Talulah Riley, William Smillie
  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Writer: Allan Loeb
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Vince Vaughn
  • Associate Producers: William M. Connor, Kathleen McGill, Louisa Velis
  • Executive Producers: Todd Hallowell, Kim Roth, Victoria Vaughn
  • Castings: Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins, Mickie Paskal, Jennifer Rudnicke
  • Costume Design: Daniel Orlandi
  • D.O.P.: Salvatore Totino
  • Editors: Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
  • Makeup: Suzi Ostos
  • Musics: Lorne Balfe, Hans Zimmer
  • Production Design: Daniel B. Clancy
  • Set Decoration: Kathy Lucas


A man finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do is this story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin.

Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), are by their sides. But Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers.

As the amateur investigation dissolves into mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth to his best friend.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Chicago, USA; Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Mature thematic elements involving sexual content
  • Production Budget: $70 million
  • Production Companies: Optimum Releasing, Imagine Entertainment, Spyglass Entertainment, Wild West Picture Show Productions
  • Production Schedule: 25 May 2010 - 6 August 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "Filmmaker Ron Howard's first comedy since his take on "The Grinch", there has to be something more on the surface here than meets the eye. Aside from Kevin James, whom this marks a step up for, everyone else here seems far too talented to be wasted on a story that is throwaway at best.

Maybe it's something in the script by Allan Loeb ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," "Things We Lost in the Fire") that drew some big names, Connelly replaced Jennifer Garner in one role while Ryder beat out the likes of Kate Beckinsale, Carla Gugino and Uma Thurman for her part. Whatever the case, there's been a distinct whiff of bad odor surrounding this, long before the whole overblown gay joke controversy gave it a hell of a lot of free publicity.

The central premise is a joke, one made more unbelievable by pairing two guys with two women who're quite frankly way out of their league. Channing Tatum as the lothario and Queen Latifah in a supporting role are cute casting choices, but certainly not enough to sustain a film nearly two hours in length with an apparently problematic first act. I smell another "Couples Retreat" or "Four Christmases" coming on, a fact not helped by the poster which had Kevin James and Vince Vaughn airbrushed to the extent of rivalling the ladies on the "Sex and the City 2" one-sheet."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 13 January 2011: New Zealand
  • 14 January 2011: Japan
  • 19 January 2011: Egypt
  • 20 January 2011: Greece
  • 21 January 2011: UK
  • 27 January 2011: Germany, Hungary, Russia, Slovenia
  • 28 January 2011: Iceland
  • 3 February 2011: Netherlands
  • 16 February 2011: Belgium
  • 18 February 2011: Brazil
  • 24 February 2011: Portugal
  • 17 March 2011: Malaysia
  • 18 March 2011: Italy
  • 25 March 2011: Sweden
  • 11 May 2011: France