Director: Ken Scott
Writer: Steve Conrad
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost, James Marsden, Ken Scott, Kasia Malinowska, Carmen Lopez, Melissa McMeekin, Michael Krabbe, Uwe Ochsenknecht
Synopsis: A hard-working small business owner and his two associates 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 way imaginable - and unimaginable.
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some strong risqué sexual content/graphic nudity, and for language and drug use
6.8 / 10
- Jokes are funny
- Characters are likable for the most part
- Moves at a nice pace
- Story is decent
- Very predictable story arc
- Vince Vaughn still plays the same damn character he's been playing throughout most of his recent films such as "Delivery Man", "Dodgeball", and "Internship."
Another underrated Vince Vaughn comedy
It seems like Vince Vaughn might be on a bit of an unlucky streak these days, as most of his recent comedies have been misses for most audiences. And to be perfectly honest, it baffles me sometimes because he's not a bad actor. Sure, he always seems to play himself into every role, but his films aren't that bad to watch. Granted, they aren't great either, but they're not downright terrible.
Yet mediocre pieces of crap like "Think Like A Man Too" get way more money at the box office than something like this? Seriously? Sheesh, audiences baffle me sometimes. The story centers around a small business owner named Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaugh), and his two business associates, Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). About a few years ago, Dan quit his job working at some prestigious company over a dispute, and he decided to go into business for himself.
Sadly, things aren't going too well for him as his family is falling apart, and he could face bankruptcy if he fails to close this latest deal for his company. Sadly, what was supposed to be a routine business trip turns into a disaster in almost every fathomable way possible. With little time left to lose, Dan has to close this deal soon, or face the grim possibility that everything he holds dear could fall apart.
Although the film looks like your standard d*ck joke film from the trailers, the reality is there's actually more to the story than most people are led to believe. Throughout the film, we see how Dan struggles to keep this family together, as one of them happens to be dealing with bully problems at school. Meanwhile, his coworkers prove to be less than reliable, as one of them is an inept idiot that used to work at Foot Locker, and the other is a dirty old man.
And similar to "Delivery Man" and "Internship", Vince Vaughn plays the typical every man protagonist that's merely looking for a break in life. If there's a common problem with most of Vince's recent parts, it's the fact that he seems to play the exact same type of character in almost any role he takes on these days.
There's nothing wrong with it per say if you know that's where your strengths are, but it can get rather boring for most audiences, which might explain why this was a bomb at the box office.
As I mentioned before, I don't hate Vince Vaughn. In fact, I think he's a fairly decent actor; in spite of him playing the exact same type of character throughout most of his comedies. However, I do agree with most film critics that it would be nice to see Vince challenge himself every once in a while because even his story arcs are starting to repeat themselves.
Seriously, how man freaking times do we have to see him play the typical every man loser underdog archetype, who goes through a bunch of crap, and comes out being a bigger man in the end. It's the same exact story every time, with different scenarios. And "Unfinished Business" is certainly no exception to the rule here.
However, if you ignore all of his previous roles, and solely judge this movie based on it's own merit, then you might find that "Unfinished Business" really isn't that bad. Sure, the movie is predictable and cliched, but it's a fun comedy to watch. The characters are likable, and it's certainly better than most comedies that are out these days. The jokes were funny, as I have to admit that I got a good laugh while watching this film.
In the end though, "Unfinished Business" is worth checking out once it comes out on DVD/Blue Ray, but I wouldn't bother watching this in theaters.
© 2015 Steven Daniels