Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Dilemma Review

I wanted to see this movie because of four words: Kevin James Jennifer Connelly.  But two words kept me from going to see it for so long: Queen Latifah.  Sadly, neither Connelly nor James is actually on screen long enough for me.  Fortunately, Latifah only has three (albeit very difficult to watch) scenes.  She's just not good.

The problem with this movie is that they tried to rely on one hook for almost all of the humour.  And that's Vaughn's ranting.  Let's face it.  That can still be humorous in moderation.  But it cannot save or make a comedy anymore.  It's just been done to death too much.  It's very much like Will Ferrell's "Ron Burgudyesque" antics.; always trying to recapture lightning in a bottle.  So, for this movie, they took a premise that had a lot of potential with a great cast making up the two couples and completely wasted it by focusing too much on Vaughn's rants.  He's a good actor.  But to keep making him do that in the quantities they do reminds me of the way show business ruined Chris Farley by wanting to see nothing but "Fatty Fall Down."

Don't get me wrong.  There are a few funny moments.  James cold-cocking Vaughn was good.  As was the interaction between Tatum and Vaughn.  But other than that, this movie just doesn't have it.  Although they did find the perfect role for Channing Tatum: Pretty Boy Douchebag Number One.

Don't bother seeing it.  It pains me to say that because Kevin James is in it.  But that is the verdict nonetheless.

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