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The Dilemma Review Critics


Dave White Profile

The solution: see something else. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

A tiresome pickle. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Vaughn and James are likable enough, and they would have real chemistry in, say, an all-out comedy.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The Dilemma is so tone deaf to its themes that it thinks it's a light and slightly rude Vince Vaughn movie. It's not.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The dilemma of The Dilemma is that the conundrum at the center of the story isn't particularly hilarious.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Friendship comedy veers into serious territory.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Ron Howard-directed buddy comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James takes a serious swerve pretty quickly, delving into the subject of infidelity and how it wrecks a marriage. As such, it's probably too heavy for tweens and younger teens. You can also expect some crass moments in Vaughn’s riffs (including one about "doing tricks"), making out, and sexual innuendo. Language is fairly salty, including one use of "f--k" (plus "s--t," "a--hole," and more), and there’s some drinking. All of that said, the movie ultimately has a positive message about the importance of honesty in good friendships and marriages.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about relationships -- both friendships and romantic connections. Do the characters learn anything over the course of the movie? What, if anything, can their experiences teach teens about relationships?
  • Who do you think the movie's target audience is? How can you tell?
  • Have you ever found yourself in a hard-to-call situation where being honest was difficult? What did you do?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Although much of the movie revolves around issues related to infidelity, ultimately the message is that good friendships are based on honesty, as are solid, long-standing marriages.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: The two main characters are loyal to each other and watch each other’s backs. Other characters are less upstanding, with some cheating, etc.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A man hits another with a baseball bat. He also brandishes a gun, point-blank, at the other. A man sucker-punches another, drawing blood. Characters scream at each other.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to "doing tricks," "happy ending" massages, and other sexual innuendoes. A couple makes out in a public place. The plot centers around an affair.

  • language false3

    Language: Swearing includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "prick," "hell," "ass," "goddamn," and "screw."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Logos are visible for Toyota and General Motors. Also lots of name-dropping, including Chrysler, Dodge, Pontiac, Toyota, Mad Men, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Allusions to drug use, though viewers see nothing. A man talks about being high on Oxycontin. Lots of social drinking, including beer, wine, and champagne.