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This Comedy is Gay. Not Homosexual Gay. But Ron Howard Gay

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 20, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 20, 2010 |

I think we can all agree that Ron Howard is what you’d call one of the meh-est directors of all time (loathe as I am of that word). He doesn’t have a particular style of his own, but he also rarely gets in the way of his material. He just kind of shoots and prints. But he’s never really done a comedy comedy. I mean: He directed Parenthood (more of a dramedy) and EdTV (more of a charming pile of manure), but straight comedy? That’s why I get the feeling that there’s a lot more beneath the surface of the trailer for The Diliemma than the trailer portends. Or, at least, I fucking hope so.

Kevin James is married to Winona Ryder; Vince Vaughn is with Jennifer Connelly. They’re, like, a perfect foursome, and James and Vaughn are best friends. However, Vaughn discovers that Ryder is boning Charming Potato, and he spends the length of the film trying to figure out whether it’s his obligation to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him, or if it’s better to keep that to himself.

As for the trailer? I almost want to like it. For one, Kevin James doesn’t appear to be using his weight as his sole source of comedic ability (he does drag out the dance again, but I have a guilty fondness for the Kevin James dance). Vaughn, however, seems a little … restrained. Note to Ron Howard: Never restrain Vince Vaughn. Let that man fast-talk to the screen to death.

On the one hand: A comedy without easy punchlines and fart jokes. On the other: Ron Howard looks to be out of his league. The decider: A January release date. Damn. Looks like the Vaughn’s career continues down the drainhole. But know this: I will never not love you, Winona Ryder. Ever.

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