The Dilemma

Theatrical Release: January 14, 2011
The Dilemma


Vince Vaughn and Kevin James will play best friends and business partners, and Vaughn’s character is tortured when he observes his pal’s wife getting intimate with another man in a restaurant. Should he tell?

Dove Review

I had high hopes for this film after screening it for the first several minutes. There was little language in it and it seemed to be a buddy movie with some laughs in it. Then, it changed direction, suddenly, like a locomotive. The next thing I knew I discovered that it is very disjointed with several subplots going on at the same time and the language becomes pervasive and the buddies get upset with each other. It was no longer fun. It’s too bad. In one scene Vince Vaughn’s character prays to God for his buddy (Kevin James) whose wife is being unfaithful and Vaughn also adds that he would appreciate the good Lord blessing the deal he and his friend have in place at work. It was both a nice and a funny moment. I wish there would have been more like that one.

Sure, the scene with the buddies (Vince Vaughn and Kevin James) dancing with each other is funny. But the loads of language, the cheating of a spouse, the sexual moments and one buddy punching another is just too over-the-top for not only me, but for our Dove families. We cannot award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie due to the excesses listed in the content listing below.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man and woman cheat on each other and the woman is seen kissing the man and we know they have sex; innuendos; talk of cheating; some frank sexual comments about people doing things to each other; a man visits a massage parlor for more than just a massage.
Language: A lot of language including the F bomb and biblical profanity.
Violence: One buddy punches another buddy a couple of times; a vicious fight between two men who hurt each other and one man beats on a car with an object and does major damage; another man does damage to the inside of a man's apartment including destroying his fish aquarium; a character is seen with a knife.
Drugs: A lot of drinking scenes; beer and wine and champagne.
Nudity: Rear male nudity in a sex scene; almost complete rear female nudity; woman is obscured but partially seen nude from the side (her breasts) as she is having sex; cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Friend feels betrayed; a friend has a difficult time telling his buddy his wife is cheating on him; man flips the middle finger at camera.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Allan Loeb
Director: Ron Howard
Producer: Brian Grazer
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 118 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter