By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
If you’re looking for a laugh-out-loud comedy, Ron Howard’s new movie, “The Dilemma,” will do the trick.
But don’t expect a madcap romp. It’s more like a roller coaster ride that dips into uncomfortable territory at times.
Howard directed the movie, and he also came up with its central idea: What if you saw your best friend’s wife with another man?
In this case, Ronny (Vince Vaughn) has to answer the question. He and Nick (Kevin James) are longtime friends and business partners. Nick is focused on trying to finish a make-or-break project for the company.
Should Ronny tell Nick that his wife, Geneva (Winona Ryder), is involved with another man?
He decides to become an amateur detective and tries to catch Geneva in the act.
Nick and Geneva’s relationship turns out to be more complicated that Ronny suspected. It gives him doubts about his relationship with Beth (Jennifer Connelly).
You could see how the plot offers opportunities for both comedic and serious moments. You also should know a couple of those scenes might have you cringing in your seat, as Ronny puts his body and dignity on the line.
For the most part, Vince Vaughn is Vince Vaughn and Kevin James is Kevin James. They both play versions of the characters they usually play, but Howard takes them on short trips out of their comfort zones. Those moments often are compelling to watch.
Two minor characters make big splashes in this film. Channing Tatum plays Zip, Geneva’s love interest. Zip is a surprising guy, and you don’t know what he’s going to do next.
Queen Latifah plays Susan, a foul-mouthed car company executive who shows up on screen every so often to deliver some laughs.
“The Dilemma” isn’t a great movie, but it’s an entertaining one. I give it a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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