Gary Thompson: 'The Green Hornet' and 'The Dilemma' are out on DVD

Vince Vaughn stars in the black comedy "The Dilemma."
Vince Vaughn stars in the black comedy "The Dilemma."
Posted: May 06, 2011

YOU CAN RENT either "The Green Hornet" or "The Dilemma" this week, but if you rent both, you get enough laughs for one movie.

"Hornet" is Michel Gondry's facetious take on the superhero genre, with Seth Rogen as the masked man, a playboy who decides to fight crime with the "help" of an Asian sidekick. Gondry's running joke is to have the sidekick be the actual brains/brawn of the operation. There are some inspired sequences (Rogen tries to master the gas gun), but the gags are stretched thin.

"The Dilemma" is a black comedy featuring Vince Vaughn as a guy who tries to confront the cheating wife (Winona Ryder) of his best friend (Kevin James), invoking the law of unintended consequences.

The movie is downbeat and goes for bleak laughs, akin to Vaughn's "The Break Up," but you can sense that black comedy is not really director Ron Howard's thing.

Channing Tatum turns up as the hunk who's involved with Ryder, and in one scene is wearing a T-shirt from the venerable Philly punk band The Dead Milkmen.

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