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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 imaginable - and unimaginable - way, including unplanned stops at a massive sex fetish event and a global economic summit.
Comedy - Like a lot of main star Vince Vaughn's films, this is an often
raunchy comedy aimed at a young adult male audience. Fans of Tom
Wilkinson may enjoy this much lighter change of pace for him. James
Marsden and Sienna Miller only have very small roles. Constant
language, sexual talk and content, and drug use make this definitely
not for kids though there is a subplot involving youth bullying.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 13 S-words; 4 GD's; many others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual situations with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Some hits, generally for comic effect. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and drug use. ACTION: A car wreck. COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, physical gags, often raunchy and crude.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average ...the film limps along, with no sense of comic timing, slapstick reality, or even spontaneity. It's so airless, and yet it feels heavy as lead. Vince Vaughn still has the ability to nearly save any moment he is in...
USA TodayFull Review Average ...a bland road-trip film that falls flat while heaping on the raunchiness. There is actually a heartwarming drama about a father and his kids at its heart, but Unfinished Business spends too much time on egregiously unfunny jokes involving sexual positions and Fifty Shades of Grey.
NY PostFull Review Poor Mostly "Unfinished Business" is a tale of unfinished jokes....Vaughn can't save his doomed project by being "Vince Vaughn," the motormouthed charmer who is automatically funny if this is still 2005.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 20 moviegoers:
This movie certainly didn't draw much of an audience. From several showings, we were only able to collect 20 reviews.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two of the four males rated it very high, another one rated it "average" and the third one rated it "poor." The three female reviews are very mixed. One enjoyed it very much, one felt it was an "average" movie and one hated it.
ADULTS: Four of the seven males loved "Unfinished Business." Two more rated it "above average," which indicates they enjoyed it very much. The final rating was "average," which indicates they enjoyed it, at least to some degree. The female reviews aren't as high as the males. Half of them indicated they loved it but the other half only rated it an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).
Dan Trunkman (VINCE VAUGHN), a businessman in the apparently competitive
field of mineral sales (and the specifically uninteresting trade of swarf, a
metal residue) has had enough of playing second fiddle to his tough-as-nails
boss, Chuck Portnoy (SIENNA MILLER). He quits the St. Louis-based Dynamic
Systems and starts his own competing firm, Apex Select, taking with him the
forced-to-retire numbers man, Timothy McWinters (TOM WILKINSON) and a young,
positive-thinking, but slow-witted sales applicant Mike Pancake (DAVE FRANCO).
After a year and a half of non-success, a deal finally appears to be at hand
with The Benjaminson Group for a massive sale. Dan plans an overnight trip to
Portland, Maine, for a formal handshake with the firm's Bill Whilmsley (NICK
FROST) to seal the deal. The sale - and the trip - couldn't come a day too soon.
Dan's teenage son Paul (BRITTON SEAR), faces constant bullying, and his wife,
Susan (JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL), wants to switch him and their young daughter Bess
(ELLA ANDERSON) to an expensive private school. Tim could use the profits from
the sale to fund a divorce from a long-dysfunctional marriage, and Mike, a
resident of a house for special needs adults, wants to bring stories of his
adventures to his buddies back home.
Upon their arrival in Portland, Dan is confronted by Chuck, who is intent on
usurping Apex's arrangement, taking advantage of her less-than-ethical
relationship with Whilmsley's boss, Jim Spinch (JAMES MARSDEN) to swing the deal
towards Dynamic. But Dan convinces Spinch to let him and the Apex team present
their pitch to the company's parent firm, Gelger AG, at its home office in
Berlin, Germany, in an attempt to sway things back towards Apex.
Berlin, though, is packed with activity - Oktoberfest, the G8 Summit, Folsom
Europe (a gay fetish festival) and the Berlin Marathon - making finding hotel
space impossible: Timothy and Mike end up at a youth hostel filled with
anti-business G8 protesters, while Dan unwittingly finds himself the subject of
a "habitable work of art" version of a hotel room at a big museum. The team must
overcome yet more outrageous obstacles to seal their deal. They must. . .