I was looking forward to watching Unfinished Business because I love most of Vince Vaughn’s comedies (at least his particular brand of humour). Even if the movie is bad, he has the tendency to still make it watchable. So even though Unfinished Business seemed like a train wreck in the making, I thought I could at least have my hopes that Vince Vaughn would be enjoyable satisfied. Alas, I was more interested in trying to figure out when this movie would end because of just how boring it actually was. The theater had a total of 3 people in it. I think I heard them laugh out loud once , maybe twice throughout the whole movie.
The movie is about a man, Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) who’s from St. Louis. He’s a married father of two who loves his family and always has the best of intentions, even if he doesn’t always do what’s best for them. Dan also becomes owner of a small company. His two colleagues Mike Pancake (Dave Franco) and Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) travel to Europe to close the biggest sales deal of their lives. However what begins as a normal business trip goes bad very quickly very fast in every way thinkable. It involves unplanned visits to a large sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Although the message of Unfinished Business tries to be a positive one, it doesn’t present its self well to the audience. A lot of the film’s undertones about a larger corporation trying to exert its power in a way to make the smaller company fall to its every whim has serious undertones of bullying awareness. It’s an interesting metaphor with plenty of universal appeal, but the film frequently undercuts its own ambitions by trying to do too much. It’s trying to be a socially aware satire and a senseless road trip comedy at the same time. Needless to say it doesn’t work. Vaughn has been in movies where he’s acted lewd and boisterous, most notably Old School. Here, he is trying to be different but it just doesn’t quite cut it. Instead, he cashes in on a tired performance that isn’t funny and actually a chore to watch. This isn’t Old School, Wedding Crashers, or even Couples Retreat.
There is one scene that I did enjoy because it was probably one of the more accurate depictions of a father trying to teach his son that being different is okay. Over a Facetime call, Dan’s son (Britton Sear) explains that he was trying to be cool by putting on eye shadow to fit in with the goth kids at school. Instead, he was laughed at. Dan responds by putting on blue eye shadow to show his son everything will be okay. Sadly this was one of the only scenes I liked because it some what resonated with me. Dan says “You have to be tough” in his conversation with his son. I can appreciate the movie trying to promote and create awareness of this serious problem in schools today that is bullying. However there was lack of an angle and it should have been further explored.
This disappointing movie doesn’t have much else to offer. It goes on and on, with terrible dialogue and silly jokes that I personally didn’t find at all funny. Sadly in the end it just feels like unfinished business.