Director Ron Howard is back with the new comedy "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
After he left his acting career behind with TV's "Happy Days" and turned to directing, Ron Howard went on to make some prestigious dramas, like "Apollo 13" and "A Beautiful Mind." But for his latest film, called "The Dilemma," he returns to frivolous comedy.
Ronny and Nick, played by Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, are best friends since college and they're also business partners on the verge of landing a big account. Ronny is in a serious relationship with Beth -- played by Jennifer Connelly -- and he's toying with popping the question while Nick, it seems, is happily married to Geneva, played by Winona Ryder. But one day Ronny unexpectedly sees something that rocks his world -- his best friend's wife with another man. Hence Ronny's dilemma. Does he tell Nick what he knows and risk wrecking his buddy's marriage as well as their business prospects?
Ronny decides to confront Geneva, but that doesn't go according to plan. His next move is to go after Geneva's lover, nicely played by Channing Tatum. Together, they have some fun, physical scenes.
This is basically Vince Vaughn's movie, as the action revolves around him and he's in practically every scene. And if you like his patented, fast talking, funny style of banter, that he's exhibited in numerous movies, you'll be happy here.
Connelly isn't given much to do and wastes her talents in this. Ryder is surprisingly good with what little she has to work with. But a better actor than James, could have done more with role and made it funnier.
I don't expect much from movies released in January as it's traditionally a dumping ground for studios and why Oscar winners Ron Howard and Jeniffer Connelly decided to do this is beyond me. But if you're a Vince Vaughn fan and just take this for what it is, namely, a pleasant, decently written comedy that doesn't require a lot of thought, there are some laughs and pleasures to be found here.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2 3/4 Apples