Excerpt: The Film OK, stop me if you've heard this one... So there's these two guys, right? Nice guys. And they're best friends. One of them is married and the other one is on the verge of proposing to his girlfriend. OK, so the unmarried guy accidentally finds out that his best friend's wife...
Excerpt: Off the top of my head, I can't think of a bad film Ron Howard has directed over his career, so I'm going to cut him some slack for this middling effort. While the two stars are supremely talented when it comes to comedy, the editing is this film is terrible and it really kills the pacing.
Conclusion: I saw 'The Dilemma' two times this year, and I can tell you that was two times too many. I can also tell you that I will never, ever watch this movie again. It causes me anxiety. It's a sorry excuse for a comedy, and even a sorrier excuse for a movie.
Excerpt: Ron Howard talks in the special features about a dinner conversation between himself and producer Brian Glazer. It’s about what they would do if they found out their best friend’s wife was cheating on them.
Conclusion: This is the rare case of an almost complete misfire by Ron Howard. Even when his films are flawed, as several of them have been, they are at least tonally consistent and seem to know what they want to be, for better or worse.
Excerpt: Into the dismal arena of January, when nearly all films strain to appeal to the broadest and dumbest audiences, enters The Dilemma , an odd bird trying so hard to straddle genres and tones that it strains itself mightily.
Excerpt: Stepping away from serious business (and the lucrative world of Robert Langdon) for a spell, Ron Howard mounts his first comedy in over a decade with "The Dilemma." True to form, it's really not much of a comedy at all.
Excerpt: Four summers ago, The Break-Up surprised many viewers by following through on its title, forsaking the conventions of a breezy rom-com to detail the agonizing process of dissolving a relationship.