Unfinished Business (2015)

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Unfinished Business (2015)
  • Time: 91 min
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Director: Ken Scott
  • Cast: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller

Storyline:

A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every imaginable – and unimaginable – way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.

4 reviews

  • Director Ken Scott and Vince Vaughn team up once again in the comedy Unfinshed Business. With a strong cast, 90-minute running time and following in a similar vein to the Jump Street series, this promises to be another bite-sized fun American comedy, at least that’s what I had hoped.

    Daniel Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) works for a horrible boss (different movie), Chuck Portnoy (Sienna Miller). One day, he decides to quit and start his own business, going into direct competition with Chuck. He recruits Timothy (Tom Wilkinson), whose just been made redundent, and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), a special-needs man who just failed an interview. One year later, they’re coming close to making a deal with a big client, so they travel to Europe. But things get complicated when it turns out that Chuck’s company is also vying for the client.

    Unfinished Business was written by Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), and unfortunately it has a very weak plot. The unlikely party-goers theme has been done several times before, peaking with 22 Jump Street, but here it’s just feels tacked-on and not much fun. I honestly can’t even rememeber how they ended up doing all the stupid crap that they did. I would never have guessed that I would see Tom Wilkinson starring alongside Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco, smoking a bong, taking (what I assume is) ecstasy tablets and dancing in slow-motion whilst topless women have a pillow fight around him, but then again, he is having somewhat of a renaissance with unusual roles (an Australian cop in Felony, the U.S president in Selma). Suffice to say, this is his weirdest and worst role in recent years.

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  • A hard-working family man and business owner, with his two associates travel to Germany to close the biggest deal of their careers. However, what turns out to be a trip for ‘the handshake’, turns out to be much more complicated, when a rival business steps in to try and steal the deal. Unfinished Business has a very notable cast with Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours) and Nick Frost (Cuban Fury), being just a few big names.

    Unfinished Business’ theme is all about bullying, something we don’t often see in comedies, the story focuses on a David and Goliath type of story, where a small company fights it out with a big company for an all important client. Even the sub-plot focus on bullying, where Dan’s (Vince Vaughn) children are also being bullied/bullying and how as a parent, he attempts to deal with the situation from afar, in a comedic manner of course. Personally, the main story hinders the sub-plot and makes it seem easy to deal with, just by having some conversations over FaceTime, when in reality it’s never that simple.

    For a comedy, Unfinished Business falls flat, maybe I don’t understand the humour, but it barely got any laughs from me or anyone else in the cinema. It’s not that the humour is stupid or silly, as there are many great films that fit… To read the full review click here.

  • An iPad video of a young girl beating the crap out of an Indian boy, a character named Mike Pancake, a sequence involving frontal nudity via the washroom glory holes at a German gay bar, and a weird obsession with the wheelbarrow sex position. That is what you get with 2015’s Unfinished Business, an ill-defined comedy that although entertaining in spots, ultimately begins and ends with a thud. It’s Vince Vaughn’s latest and after taking in a viewing, I realized one thing: if you eliminate the first two letters from the title and omit “business”, well you’re left with one word. That word in a nutshell, would best be used to describe Vaughn’s current career path as an actor.

    Strutting its first ten minutes as a faintly homage to Jerry Maguire and scripted by Steve Conrad (he penned The Pursuit of Happyness) who undeniably should know better, this ninety minute vehicle is billed as comedic despite not having any real, hearty guffaws. The story begins with husband, father, and all around good guy Dan Trunkman (Vaughn). He just quit his job because his boss (played by female starlet Sienna Miller whose actual character’s name is Chuck) is hellbent on giving him a pay cut. In retaliation, he starts his own company with two nincompoop associates. They are in the form of a mentally distraught Foot Locker employee (the aforementioned Mike Pancake played by Dave Franco) and a perverted, weed-toking 67 year old (Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson who was obviously blackmailed into taking on the role of Timothy McWinters). After being in business together for one year, they finally get the deal of a lifetime. First, they have to fly Portland, Maine before eventually hightailing it to Berlin to get quote unquote, “the handshake”. All this and their office is still at a Dunkin’ Donuts location (whatevs).

    Now for the life of me, I couldn’t really figure out what Vaughn’s Trunkman did for a living. Conrad’s screenplay masks those intricacies or any other talks about important ventures. He eradicates the research needed to script a business trip comedy and instead concentrates on the crass humor. Almost every cast member says the word “numbers” to make it sound like they’re in the zone. And the charts shown in meeting rooms are from a distance so you can’t really see what’s being talked about. Balderdash I tell you. Pure claptrap.

    Added to that, Unfinished Business being rated R, tries to be a cute family film. This makes it uneven and lopsided. In between scenes of Trunkman having long distance skype sessions with his kids, are other scenes where characters say f*** this and f*** that. Oh and there’s one sequence involving countless images of naked breasts in a unisex bathhouse. Yeah that was shocking about thirty years ago (filmwise) but it’s still out of place and happenstance.

    In the arena of acting, it ain’t stupendous but it’s actually a surprise to see Vince Vaughn play a more mature, more seasoned role (as opposed to the manchild ones he’s been inhabiting for the last ten years). This time everyone involved lets him down (who’d have thunk it). His turn is above the proceedings and it belongs in something else, something better. Yeah, there’s plenty of Vaughnisms to go around (fast talking, ad-libbing, him taking off his shirt) but he holds back a little bit more this time. Thank the Lord. As for the other performances, well they’re one note at best. You have a good cast here embarrassing themselves at director Ken Scott’s every expense. Dave Franco is the worst of the bunch. His Pancake just bugged me. I didn’t get him and his tone is so darn grating that the way he speaks, will cause you to grit your teeth in anger. One minute he’s blurting out something that’s moderately intelligent. The next minute he’s acting like a five year old who sounds like his nose is all plugged up. Is this guy for real or what?

    Oh and I almost forgot, there’s the ending to Unfinished Business. It’s so muted, so anticlimactic, just so blase blase. There is an antagonist and a protagonist in this thing. But when the good guys win, there’s no celebration, no real confrontation with the bad guys (in this case, it’s the evil business owners being Chuck Portnoy and Jim Spinch played by James Marsden). I’ve literally felt more emotion during a session of cutting my toenails.

    Anyway, if you wanna spend ten bucks (or whatever the inflated price of a movie ticket is these days) at the local megaplex, see an Oscar holdover like Whiplash. If you wanna view something that’s uninteresting, unsatisfactory, unnecessary, and uncouth, check out Unfinished Business. Sadly, it’s a middle-of-the-road madcap at best.

    Of note: Germany is an interesting country. I’m half German but unfortunately, I’ve never been there. Vaughn’s character stays in a hotel in Berlin that’s also a museum (all the other ones are booked for the night). It’s a comedic gag that almost falls flat. The room has no curtains, people can walk by and look at him, and they can also hear what he says through headphones. I know it’s only a movie but is this really a thing? Just curious.

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  • Vince Vaughn talks a mile-a-minute in his latest film Unfinished Business. One would think this is par for the course since he has always had a motormouthed persona. Except it’s not. Vaugh talks to fill in the dead air that pervades this so-called comedy. He talks as if talking could resuscitate this lifeless deadweight of a film.

    Vaughn stars as Dan Trunkman who, in a fit of pique, quits his job working for a brassy, ballbusting boss (Sienna Miller) to start his own company. His Jerry Maguire move doesn’t bad him a comely charmer like Renee Zellweger. Instead, he’s joined in his fledgling venture by Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson), fired for reaching the mandatory age limit, and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), a dimwitted pup who happened to be there for an interview. After a yearlong dry spell, things start looking up when Dan manages to get in on a lucrative deal with a firm led by the smarmy Jim Spinch (James Marsden).

    Except the deal is not the straightforward handshake deal Dan believes it to be. It seems Dan’s company is the decoy for a much larger deal involving his former boss. Dan and his team travel, first to Portland and then to Berlin, hoping against hope to come out on top and secure their futures. Of course, much chaos ensues – a spell in a unisex spa in Berlin where Mike is overwhelmed by the sight of the topless women; some wheelings and dealings at the largest gay fetish convention in Europe; and Dan’s constant attempts to handle issues on the homefront, including the bullying of his overweight son and his wife’s persistent pleas to put their son in private school.

    One can only hope that the starring cast were well-paid for colossally wasting their time in this thoroughly insufferable film. One also wishes that they had a better time making the movie than the audience has watching this drudgery. The whole affair is unnecessary, pointless, and possesses little to no redeeming qualities.

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