Excerpt: What is the responsibility of the best friend to his mate? Is it to give the unvarnished truth, to tell it like is so your buddy will have the best information possible to live his life by (and risk coming off as a tremendous *sshole)? Or should you just butt out of personal affairs, leave his friend to live his life and find out the truth in his own way and time. Where's the line?
Excerpt: Vince Vaughn and Kevin James star as Ronny and Nick, two best friends and business partners who think they know everything about one another. Preparing to propose to his long-time girlfriend (Jennifer Connelly) and in the midst of a make or break deal for his company, Ronny happens to catch Nick's wife (Winona Ryder) cheating on him with another man (Channing Tatum).
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... is screwing another guy - a real pinhead too! And? That's it! Funny stuff, right? Right??
Excerpt: Ron Howard (or as I like to call him, "Steven Spielberg-lite") has fashioned a very popular directing career out of a once thriving acting career. With such hits as Parenthood , A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code under his belt, Howard (along with producing partner Brian Grazer) is seen as one of the highest profile filmmakers toiling in Hollywood today, working in all sorts of genres (thrillers, comedies, dramas and action) and with a cannon of tinsel town's bright...
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. Scenes drag on forever and there are certain subplots that could have been cut altogether (sorry Queen Latifah) that would have improved it immensely.
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. That’s actually how The Dilemma was born, and the chat sounds like fun, full of questions and awkwardness. How is it that none of it transferred to the screen? We have good leads in Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, the latter portraying the guy with the cheating wife.
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. It's a terribly awful movie with no redeeming value other than the fact that Channing Tatum is marginally funny in it. When Channing Tatum is the best part of your movie, you know you're doing something wrong.
Summary: Ron Howard often gets pegged as a sort of "Steven Spielberg-lite" director, but is that really a fair comparison? Probably, when considering films like Cocoon or even Apollo 13 , which it's rather easy to imagine (no pun intended, considering the imprint with which Howard is associated) Spielberg helming. But there are a number of other Howard films, both good and bad, which it's next to impossible to imagine Spielberg having anything to do with. Backdraft ? No way.