When I was invited this past August to visit the set of 'The Dilemma'
-- the upcoming Ron Howard comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder -- it was shockingly easy to say yes. And not only because I live mere minutes from the Chicago set.
Still, while I've been a big fan of Vince Vaughn's for years (my first date with my wife was to see 'Wedding Crashers,' and I even saw his little-seen documentary about his traveling comedy tour
), I haven't been digging what he's has been doing lately. 'Fred Claus' and 'Four Christmases' were such cynical, joyless flicks that they nearly ruined my holiday spirit. When I read the awful reviews for "Couples Retreat,"
I didn't even bother Netflixing it.
But 'The Dilemma,' about a man (Vaughn) who discovers that the wife of his best friend and business partner (James) is cheating on him, struck me as being different somehow.
That's mainly due to the involvement of Howard, who is not only known for dramas such as 'A Beautiful Mind' and 'Apollo 13' but for his stint as the producer and narrator of the brilliant sitcom 'Arrested Development.' Perhaps Vaughn, in the hands of an Oscar- and Emmy-winning director, could make the critics -- and yours truly -- forgive and forget his recent string of bad movies?
So off to the set I went on behalf of Moviefone to see what was up with 'The Dilemma,' which arrives in theaters on January 14. After the jump -- and after the movie's trailer -- I reveal five highlights from the set visit.