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The Dilemma (1/10)

by Tony Medley

Run time 112 minutes

Not for children.

This review contains spoilers. I deplored the morality and inconsistencies and sexism of it so much that I canít write a review without going into what happens in more detail than I usually do. So if you want to go see this despicable film, you should probably not read this review.

This is no comedy. It deals with a serious issue of problems in a marriage, but it does so in such an ignorant, clumsy, sophomoric way with a sexist point of view that it loses any value, either morally or in terms of entertainment.

In this film, directed by Ron Howard and written by Alan Loeb, the main point is that itís OK for a husband to withdraw sex and philander, but woe betide his wife who loves him but is driven into the arms of another man by his actions.

Ronny Valentine (Vince Vaughn) learns that Geneva (Winona Ryder), the wife of his best friend, Nick Brannen (Kevin James) is having a clandestine affair. In his mind, this presents him with the titular ďdilemma,Ē to tell or not to tell. Ronny rants and raves and goes through impossible machinations (few of which are funny) to try to decide whether or not to tell his friend.

To make the film even worse, Geneva actually explains to Ronny that she loves Nick, but her infidelity with Zip (Channing Tatum) was caused by Nickís withdrawal of sex from her and getting it with prostitutes, a certainly rational, if not moral, explanation for her actions. Maybe it doesnít justify what she did, but it explains that the problem isnít as simple as it appeared on the surface, and her explanation should have been enough to convince anybody dense enough to consider telling on her, to stay out of it. But he perseveres.

Even more of an anomaly is the way Ronnyís girlfriend, Beth (Jennifer Connolly), sticks with Ronny. Ronny lies to Beth every chance he gets.  He even ruins her parentsí 40th wedding anniversary with a completely idiotic toast, implying that her parents cheated on each other.

Itís unlikely that Howard is so obtuse he doesnít realize the dichotomy heís created with Ronny as a man who hypocritically considers himself so honest he feels required to tell his friend of Genevaís infidelity, but lies habitually to his girlfriend. So his creation of Bethís unquestioned love for him despite this, and his painting Geneva as the sole person at fault in her relationship with Nick has to be intentional. This is nothing if not sexist.

The ending is disgraceful. Frankly, Iím surprised Howard could get any thinking actress to participate in a film with such a deplorable tone about women.

 

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