Vince Vaughn is throwing his hat in the ring for yet another comedy — but is this one worth heading to the theater for? We’ve rounded up the reviews of ‘Unfinished Business,’ which also stars Dave Franco and Sienna Miller, so you can know if it’s worth the trip.
Unfinished Business takes a look at Dan (Vince Vaughn), a small business owner and his employees (Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson), who head to Europe for work and naturally, it becomes a hilarious disaster. Or does it? Here’s what the critics are saying.
‘Unfinished Business’ Reviews: Funny Or Not So Much?
A “EuroTrip” with balance sheets, the slick, innocuous comedy “Unfinished Business” fails to seal the deal… There are gawking observations about German permissiveness and undercooked subplots about Dan’s children (the daughter gets in a fight; the son is overweight and alienated), but mostly this is diverting wish fulfillment for traveling businessmen, with plugs for Orbitz and National car rentals. If only its depiction of corporate women (bad) and stay-at-home moms (good) wasn’t so rankling and retrograde. Don’t expect impressive profit margins.
It’s unclear what commerce is left undone in Unfinished Business, a fumbling mix of sentimental family fable and gross-out sex comedy. Maybe the movie was originally titled Unfunny Business, but someone decided that would be bad for, well, business.
Mostly “Unfinished Business” is a tale of unfinished jokes: Hey, what if Timothy McWinters (Wilkinson) kept talking dirty, getting high on Ectasy and smoking weed? All of those ideas could lead somewhere. None does. He hires a “sex maid” to come to his hotel room, but then the hooker-cleaner goes to the Vaughn character’s room to clean it instead. He’s happily married and wasn’t expecting that. Ha ha.
As such, “Unfinished” looks unlikely to do much business, or to end the nearly decade-long string of mediocrities (“Fred Claus,” “Four Christmases,” “The Dilemma,” “The Watch,” “The Internship”) that has plagued its star, whose fans are advised to keep whetting their appetites for the second season of “True Detective.”
Needless to say, the reviews aren’t great — so will you still give it a go?
— Emily Longeretta