Unfinished Business

"Terrible"

Unfinished Business Review


More than just a misfire, this attempt at a rude comedy goes so spectacularly wrong that it actually contradicts its own jokes even as it's telling them. But then it undermines everything as it goes along, for example indulging rampantly in comical cruelty before trying to say something meaningful about the dangers of bullying. The real question is how the cast members could have agreed to make a movie in which they all come across as incoherent idiots.

The story opens as Dan (Vince Vaughn) clashes with his boss Chuck (Sienna Miller) then quits dramatically, taking newly retired Tim (Tom Wilkinson) and airhead newbie Mike (Dave Franco) with him to start a new sales company. But after a year, business isn't good, and the future hinges on making a massive deal with Bill and Jim (Nick Frost and James Marsden). The problem is that Chuck is also bidding for the business, so Dan, Tim and Mike fly off to Maine and then Berlin to seal the deal with a handshake. Impossibly they arrive in Berlin at the same time as Oktoberfest, the marathon, a gay S&M festival and the G8 Summit, with its accompanying anarchist protest. Meanwhile back home, Dan's wife (June Diane Raphael) is having problems with the kids.

Frankly, there is so much going on in this film that it's exhausting. It's as if screenwriter Conrad just threw everything he could think of onto the page and didn't worry if it made even a lick of sense. Every scene feels interrupted by a bit of random chaos that isn't remotely amusing. And despite making a movie that's obsessed with sex, the filmmakers are unable to decide whether they want to make fun of it or are terrified of it (so they end up being both at the same time). Each time something interesting or funny threatens to happen, it's sideswiped by something so breathtakingly bungled that we don't know where to look.

While most of the side characters emerge with their dignity relatively intact, the three central actors are simply inexplicable. Vaughn is an even more smug version of his usual screen persona, Wilkinson is just embarrassing to watch, and Franco's character is too stupid to believe. Then they spend the entire movie teasing and picking on each other before suddenly spouting messages about the dangers of bullying in the social media age. We know that it's possible to make a hilarious movie about Americans acting like morons in Europe (see 2004's EuroTrip). But this is such a disaster that it's likely to vanish without a trace. Except from the worst of the year lists.


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Unfinished Business

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedy

Run time: 42 mins

In Theaters: Friday 6th March 2015

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: , , Jason Blumenthal, ,

Starring: as Mike Pancake, as Dan Trunkman, as Jim Spinch, as Chuck Portnoy, as Bill Whilmsley, as Timothy McWinters, Ella Anderson as Bess, Anastasia Sanidopoulos Mousis as Farm Goer, Susan Garibotto as Business woman, Melissa McMeekin as Enterprise Rep, Clement von Franckenstein as Armand, Jeffrey Corazzini as Businessman, Alyssa Mae Walsh as Student, David C. Bunners as Pedestrian

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