Ron Howard directs comedy again with Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder in “The Dilemma”. Ronnie (Vaughn) and Nick (James) are paired as business partners and best friends. Ronnie sees Nick’s wife (Ryder) cheating with another guy ( a sleazy Channing Tatum). The dilemma is whether or not Ronnie should tell his friend. Meanwhile , Ronnie has commitment issues with his girlfriend (Connelly). The comedy is very good since it revolves around Vince Vaughn’s skill as a fast talker. Nobody does this better, although Kevin James hangs right in there. The surprise is that, aside from the silly moments, there are some surprisingly good dramatic turns by all involved. There’s a subplot about the two guys trying to win a big contract with Dodge which gives a few good moments to Queen Latifah as a crass auto executive.
I met Vince Vaughn a couple of times backstage at “A Prairie Home Companion” (he came to the show with his friend Peter Billingsly-that’s right, Ralphie! Now a successful producer/director.) and he couldn’t have been a nicer guy and yes, he talks that fast all the time.
My GPA rating: 3.2