The Dilemma

Synopsis: A man finds out that what you don't say to a friend is just as important as what you do is this story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps. Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. Ronny's girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick's wife, Geneva (Ryder), are by their sides. But Ronny's world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves into mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide what will happen if he reveals the truth to his best friend.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Ron Howard
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


You've got to picture this.

It was freshman year, there he is,

completely naked, right outside the office!

And he says, "Ronny told me to show up."

Hey, I have a question for the table.

How long does it take to really know someone?

I think you're continually

getting to know someone.

'Cause I think people change when they grow.

But I do think if you go through hell with someone,

then you get a pretty good sense

of how they handle stuff,

which is important.

Come on, we're on the other side of that one.

I don't know.

I think you can know someone within

the first 10 seconds of seeing them.

I mean, I fell in love with Geneva the second I saw her.


It's true. I did.

Well, I don't know if you ever

really know someone entirely.

And what is that supposed to mean? Yeah.

Well, I mean, you know someone,

you think pretty good,

and then you find out stuff that's shocking

that you didn't know existed.

I think that happens every day.

Look at that show 20/20, it's always

the same thing, right?

They're a couple, they're happy,

no one could believe it.

There are a lot of these cases.

What about the guy with the crossbow?

He buys a crossbow, he's practicing in the garage.

"By the way, bring me some lemonade.

"Oh, my goodness, I had no idea you walked

through at that moment. Oops!"

Continue, please. Continue. BETH: That is gross!

But she forgives him. It was an

accident, and guess what?

Six months later, same accident. Yes, and it kills her.

No! Yes!


And, lookit, you hear all the time about these families

that have entirely other families.

The dad, who knows what he does for a living,

he leaves to go to Connecticut.

But he was never going to Connecticut on business.

He's really going to Harlem. He's

got a Puerto Rican family

that no one ever heard about. Yeah.

You think when he's watching the game, instead

of pretzels, he's eating Goya beans.

Red flags, but they don't catch it.

So my point is, you can really

think you know somebody,

and then it turns out that you don't

know everything about somebody.

All right, Ronny. You still haven't

answered the question.

No, I just did. You didn't.

No, you didn't answer it. You're skirting it.

You're not answering straight up. Come on.

You're bouncing around, you're doing

this, "Hey!" When you're doing this...

You do that a lot, by the way.

I think you're all special peoples.

You're out of your mind!

And you're nothing of the sort.




This is our shot. I need you to hug him.

I don't want to hug him.

Lookit, ever since he had a near-death experience,

he's become a very touchy-feely

guy, and he likes to be held.

Look, you know I don't like touching

people I don't know very well, okay?

Or even people I do. So just...

Nick, do you want this thing or not?

Of course I do.

Then feed the beast here!

This guy has a hot button, a point

of interest. His hot button is hugs.

You hug him, you're gonna crack him wide open!

He's going to start feeling all bubbly inside.

Then he starts writing checks!

All right.

I'm not asking you to go to an airport motel

and perform a trick on a Japanese businessman.

I'm asking you to hug a senior executive

from General Motors, that's all!

Now get your arms around him,

and make him feel bubbly and warm!

I'll tell you what.

Why don't you let Charles take you guys

over here and show you the entire line.

And it's great to have you here.

Thank you so much for coming. MAN: Thank you.


This puppy here reminds me of my first Dodge.


Remember that?

Remember when cars were meant just

to be fun things to have, right?


They made a cool noise, they harnessed real power

and they made you feel like a badass

because you got to be the one right

there behind the wheel of it, right?

I'm sorry, I'm Ronny Valentine

from B & V Engine Design.

Thomas Fern. Yeah, Thomas, good to see you again.

We actually helped you out with a few

ECU modules a few years back.

Of course. Yeah.

Hey, that's... There, my partner, Nick Brannen.


It's gonna be a great year. It really is.

Of course.

(WHISPERING) Your soul was too important to take.

You've got great days ahead of you, my friend.

You know, we actually have one idea

we're not committed to anyone on.

We could run it by your team,

and see if it's something that made sense for you.

I'd love that.

Maybe we could get something on the books.

We'll come up there to Rock City,

to Detroit, and come see you.

Okay. Yeah.

You lying bastard!

You are unbelievable. Did we get the meeting or not?

I'm hugging this man like I'm some kind of a**hole...

Now, why were you hugging the man?

Because he's our guy's direct competitor.

Why would you hug the direct competitor?

Because he had a near-death experience.

Actually, no, he didn't.

That never happened. I made that up.

(CHUCKLES) Shame, shame, shame.

What are you doing? What do

you mean, what am I doing?

Did we get the meeting or what?

Come on, Nick.

I'm never hugging again. I'm not listening to you.

He sets me up!

What do you expect me to do? Geneva, listen to me.

You know him, he's way too honest.

If I fill him in on it, what happens?

The sweating, he starts hyperventilating,

he passes out!

It was completely necessary.

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Allan Loeb

Allan Loeb (born July 25, 1969) is an American screenwriter and film and television producer. He wrote the 2007 film Things We Lost in the Fire and created the 2008 television series New Amsterdam. He wrote the film drama 21, which also was released in 2008. Among his other credits, he wrote and produced The Switch (2010). He also co-wrote Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and wrote The Dilemma (2011), and Just Go with It (2011). He performed a rewrite for the musical Rock of Ages (2012), and the mixed martial arts comedy Here Comes the Boom (2012). more…

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