Ron Howard says his latest comedy is unconventional because it deals with real-life pain.
The actor-turned-director thinks his movie 'The Dilemma' - which stars Vince Vaughn and Kevin James and tells the story of two friends whose relationship is tested when one sees the other's wife kissing another man- stands out because it deals with the sort of actual events people will talk about at a dinner party.
He said: "Comedies, I think, tend to get greenlit by studios when they follow very familiar formulas. I liked the idea that here was a movie we could make, it would be a studio movie, it would have comedy stars but it wasn't really following all the conventions - other than the one that, y'know, we're trying to make you laugh as much as possible while we tell the story.
"The pain in this movie is real - it's not all light-hearted farce, you know? These are real character journeys for the actors and I think they enjoyed the fact that they had some honest dramatic moments mixed in with all the high comedy."
He explained to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: "I was at a dinner party and Brian brought up that key question: what would you do, how would you handle it, if you were facing that kind of situation? It instigated a half-hour of really entertaining conversation.
"Some people got very serious, some people got kind of angry about it. In and around it were nothing but laughs and giggles - and a few red faces."