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== The Dilemma ==
 
  
Whether you like him or dislike him, Vince Vaughn has verified time and again he can carry a film -- and lead it into megahit territory. ("Wedding Crashers," anyone?) You can say the very same matter for director Ron Howard, albeit on a far more refined stage. Howard is A-checklist all the way, from "Apollo 13" to "A Lovely Mind," and his tasks are nearly usually penciled into profitable holiday- or summer season-release slots, frequently with an eye on awards season.
 
 
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As cumbersome and drawn out as a gradually deflating tire, this cinematic collision amongst Vaughn's celebrated humorous-surly persona and Howard's earnest pedigree is a bore -- and a significant miscalculation. Vaughn gets wedged into a totally dominant, unlikable function that keeps him on display far as well extended. And Howard's direction comes across as type of nerdy mainstream wannabe, as if he'd like to cash in on Vaughn's edgy appeal but is far as well square to genuinely make it do the job.
 
 
Vaughn plays Ronny, a fast-speaking Chicagoan whose ideal close friend and company companion, Nick (an amiable Kevin James), is a talented automobile designer on the cusp of a massive breakthrough. Both equally guys are happily partnered: Ronny to a self-possessed chef, Beth (Jennifer Connelly), for whom he is hoping to function past his dedication phobia and ask her to marry him; and Nick to the cheerful Geneva (Winona Ryder, with some good caustic moments), who has been married to him for many years.
 
 
But it turns out Ryder's Geneva is seeing yet another man. When Ronny sees her kiss that man in public, he's racked with angst: Really should he inform his very best pal? Or spare him the trauma?
 
'The Dilemma'
 
 
 
Like is the "dilemma" of the title, which doesn't turn out to be a lot of a single -- accurate to kind in this sloppily written tale. (Allan Loeb turned out a screenplay that uncomfortably mashes collectively elements of broad farce, sweet buddy flick, offbeat humor and sophisticated romantic relationship drama).
 
 
Merely place, it's the type of film that could be more than in twenty minutes if its characters acted remotely like true human beings.
 
 
Why Nick doesn't at least inform his girlfriend about what he sees is a mystery -- but then yet again, if he did, a third of the plot would have crumbled.
 
 
Other indicators level to more script woes, like an underdeveloped Queen Latifah character (she plays a randy automobile executive) and a goofball cuckolder in the form of Channing Tatum, whose odd demeanor looks nevertheless yet another stab at an unattained edgy comic allure.
 
 
At the lowest minute, Vaughn's character engages in the inevitable awkward toast scene at a dinner party, and his around-the-top rated ramblings, which extend for a lengthy-march eternity, fairly a lot sum all that is wrong with "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dilemma_%28film%29 The Dilemma]": He's overwrought, slightly imply and largely unfunny.
 

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