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Expect to see a lot of premature eulogies for Vince Vaughn's career today, after the disastrous opening of "Unfinished Business," just like you saw a lot of premature obituaries last week for Will Smith's career after the lackluster debut of "Focus."
True, "Business" was an especially spectacular flop, premiering in 10th place with only an estimated $4.8 million, less than half of the already modest $10 million pundits were predicting. That the movie is only the latest in a string of Vaughn flops (including "The Watch," "The Dilemma," "The Internship," and "Delivery Man") seems reason enough for pundits to start measuring the coffin.
Weep not for Vaughn. His hands and feet were immortalized in concrete outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre just this past Wednesday. Next month, he'll star in the eagerly-anticipated second season on HBO's "True Detective," which, if nothing else, will remind those viewers who think of him only as »
- Gary Susman
Every now and then, an actor that usually makes good choices will pick a less-than-brilliant movie role that, nevertheless, pays handsomely. Unfinished Business seems to be what happens when you get a whole ensemble cast of players who seemingly have no possible incentive to be here other than the money.
It's no surprise to see Vince Vaughn, but we haven't the foggiest as to what Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, James Marsden and Nick Frost are doing here, if they're not in it for the salary. This mirthless, mercenary comedy is beneath all of them, even Vaughn, although this seems to be the kind of vehicle to which he hitches his wagon all too often these days.
Unfinished Business, 2015.
Directed by Ken Scott.
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.
I like to think that I have a pretty high tolerance for crude and crass comedy, or at least much higher than the average critic. With that said, even I couldn’t believe the amount of graphic content that Unfinished Business repeatedly hurls your way; the only problem is that most of the time the antics reek of desperation to get a juvenile laugh out of the audience because the rest of the film is so unfocused that, I’m assuming the writers just said “F*** it, let’s just »
- Robert Kojder
20th Century Fox released their new comedy film, "Unfinished Business," into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews have been submitted from the top, major movie critics in the biz. It turns out that they weren't too fond of this one, giving it only an overall 32 score out of a possible 100 at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: James Marsden, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dave Franco. We've posted blurbs from a few of the critics,below. Michael O'Sullivan at the Washington Post, gave it a 63 grade, stating: "While by no means a masterpiece, the comedy, by Canadian director Ken Scott, is a careful calibration of crass gags and genuine sentiment that succeeds more often than it fails." Dana Rosa Falcone from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 50 score. She stated: " The movie struggles to find its comedic footing by trying to bring out the family »
- Andre Braddox
The U.S. box office is as glum this weekend as the dystopian future depicted in one of the new releases.
Although off to a soft start, Neill Blomkamp’s robot thriller “Chappie” is No. 1 at the box office, aiming for a lower-than-expected $13 million to $13.5 million this weekend, while the comedy “Unfinished Business” is giving star Vince Vaughn the worst opening weekend of his career.
Sony’s “Chappie” launched to $4.5 million on Friday in the U.S. Blomkamp’s third film is far behind his previous two (dystopian thrillers as well): “District 9,” which opened to $37.4 million in 2009, and “Elysium,” which launched to $29.8 million in 2013.
Made on a modest $49 million budget (financed partly by Mrc and LStar Capital) and shot in South Africa, much like the low-budget hit “District 9,” the Johannesburg-set film could do better business overseas as it opens simultaneously in 53 markets, including the U.K., Germany, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Vaughn’s R-rated comedy “Unfinished Business,” distributed by 20th Century Fox, is projected to see a dismal $5 million opening from 2,777 locations. The actor’s previous career-low was earned by 2013’s “Delivery Man,” which opened to $7 million domestically.
In the No. 1 position, “Chappie” will finish the weekend with an estimated $15 million, ahead of Fox Searchlight’s “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and Warner Bros.’ second weekend of Will Smith’s “Focus,” which will battle for second with about $10 million each.
The two-week slump in the U.S. box office came after a 10% surge in moviegoing this year, with the industry hoping that Disney’s “Cinderella” can reignite business next weekend.
- Dave McNary
Chicago – Have you ever seen a film where they throw everything against a wall to see what sticks? The appropriately titled “Unfinished Business” is a throwing machine, taking the flimsy premise of a business trip and using it as an excuse for a splattering of jokes that mostly don’t work.
Vince Vaughn takes his hipster/flummoxed movie persona and becomes a Daddy figure, with the wifey at home, and two rug rats for use as punchlines. Yep, Vincent has gone domestic. Joining him is the requisite dopey assistant and old horny guy, which is reliable as a basis for jokes-that-don’t-score. This is a by the book mainstream comedy, with no originality and a foregone conclusion. When Vince Vaughn is portraying an underdog sales representative – yes, I said sales rep – and it doesn’t look like he’ll close the big deal, what do think will happen? It »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Teaming up again with his Delivery Man director Ken Scott, Vince Vaughn trades in his recent run of safe comedies with something much, much cruder with Unfinished Business. Vaughn plays Daniel Trunkman, a troubled small business owner who, along with his two only employees (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco), travel to Berlin to close an all important deal. But the minute they step off the plane, it’s clear that this routine business trip will be anything but. There is something charmingly old school about Unfinished Business’ story, as one unfortunate incident bleeds into another (in a perfect world, this would have been National Lampoon’s Business Trip), but when it comes down to it, the movie is just an incredibly bland affair. Wasting no time in getting the story up and running, Unfinished Business drops us into a movie already in progress, as Vaughn’s confrontation with his former »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Flickering Myth chats with Vince Vaughn…
Frustrated with in fighting and office politics, Dan Trunkman quits his secure job to launch his own company with just two associates – the naïve, inexperienced Mike (Dave Franco) and the world weary Tim (Tom Wilkinson) who is nearing retirement. But the new venture is struggling to survive in a harsh economic climate and Dan and his colleagues need to win a lucrative deal with a large, European owned corporation to keep afloat.At first Dan is convinced that the deal is done and heads to Portland, Oregon, confident that it’s in the bag. But once there, he discovers that his old employers, represented by his former boss, Chuck Fortnoy (Sienna Miller »
- Luke Owen
Flickering Myth caught up with Dave Franco…
Franco plays Mike Pancake, a young, naïve recruit to Dan Trunkman’s struggling company (Vaughn) who, along with the third member of the team, Tim (Wilkinson), set off on a business trip to try and secure a crucial deal that will shore up their futures. But the trio find themselves up against ruthless opposition, what starts out as a short trip to Portland, Oregon ends up in vibrant, bohemian Berlin where Dan, Mike and Tim have a series of hilarious setbacks as they chase their dream. With a G8 summit in town – and a sex fetish event drawing even more exotic characters into Berlin – they mingle with the exotic inhabitants and each, in his own way, will change forever.
“I think it’s great, »
- Luke Owen
Does Vince Vaughn do actual comedies anymore? Once the poster child for bros-behaving-badly fare, Vaughn has recently begun engaging in an interesting, occasionally perplexing bait-and-switch: Lure us with the promise of wild antics (the posters for Unfinished Business depict Vaughn and co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco in various states of bacchanalia), then deliver something more somber and sensitive instead. Looking back over my review of Delivery Man, the 2013 sperm-donor comedy-drama Vaughn made with his Unfinished Business director Ken Scott, I see that I basically said the same thing then, too. So maybe I should stop being so perplexed.But still. For its first half, Unfinished Business is surprisingly acerbic and serious, more Up in the Air than Office Space. It opens mid-conversation, as we see St. Louis mineral salesman Dan Trunkman (Vaughn) bickering with his ruthless boss Chuck (Sienna Miller — yes, you read that right) over a 5 percent pay cut. »
- Bilge Ebiri
Apparently made by snickering 12-year-olds who like naked boobies and have heard rumors about the phenomenon known as “the business trip.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer was embarrassing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Unfinished Business is the kind of movie in which a mentally retarded character — whose impairment is offered as a constant source of “hilarity” — is required to recite a line of dialogue such as “The penis touched my face” in a way that, this pathetic excuse for entertainment hopes, will make you laugh. Because the penis did indeed touch his face, and you are, it is presumed, consumed with “American prudishness,” hence you will snicker, just like, in another scene, the retarded character snickers when he sees naked boobies. In a fit of something that the movie deems clever, the naked-boobies scene directly addresses the matter »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Once again Hollywood reaches for that elusive golden ring that is the big box office “R” rated comedy smash. After all, there’s been a Hangover trilogy, and double dips in the Hot Tub Time Machine and those Horrible Bosses. So when did this cycle of raunchy, crude laugh fests begin? Many point to that unexpected Bo champ from nearly ten years ago, Wedding Crashers. And, oddly enough, one half of that “bromance” headlines this new release. That 2015 hit was a high point in the roller coaster movie career of Vince Vaughn, a ride that really began with his breakout role nearly twenty years ago in Swingers. But of recent years the coaster car has been on a downward trek with misfires like The Watch and The Internship. Perhaps with two new comic cohorts and the director of one of his few recent bright spots (Delivery Man), he can put »
- Jim Batts
Director: Ken Scott; Screenwriter: Steve Conrad; Starring: Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Nick Frost, James Marsden; Running time: 91 mins; Certificate: 15
Vince Vaughn's desperate need for a career recharge hits a critical point with his latest comedy Unfinished Business, a story of three down-and-out salesmen who form their own company and head to Europe in a bid to close a deal ahead of a competitor.
The film aims to harness the spirit of Vaughn's best comedies from a decade ago,Old School and Dodgeball (a Vaughn-led band of misfits triumph over adversity), but this is a mere shadow of those films, painfully lacking in laughs or any characters that leave a lasting impression. The True Detective-inspired Vaughnaissance can't get here fast enough.
A comedy with its heart in the right place and everything else bizarrely out of joint, “Unfinished Business” finds director Ken Scott following 2013’s “Delivery Man” with another dubious attempt to sell audiences on Vince Vaughn’s sensitive side. Playing a down-on-his-luck family man who takes an ill-advised business trip to Berlin with two unfunny sidekicks in tow (Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco), Vaughn is admittedly the least of the movie’s worries: Awkwardly wrapping a heartwarming message of self-acceptance in a layer of crude sexual humor, it’s like a date who tries to pat you on the back with one hand while feeling you up with the other. 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 »
- Justin Chang
In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s Swingers (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for the mainstream American comedy: from romantic (The Break-Up) to bromantic (Old School), pretty good (Wedding Crashers) to very bad (Fred Claus) to frankly unnecessary (Delivery Man). His new film, Unfinished Business, falls into that last sub-category — perhaps not coincidentally, as it, too, has been directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man was Scott’s remake of his own homegrown Quebecois hit, Starbuck). A guys-gone-
- Jon Frosch
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“Unfinished Business,” which opens on March 6, 2015 and is rated “R,” also stars Jil Funke, David Akinloye, Dennis Oestreich, Heidi Philipsen, Marc Zwinz and Jeffrey Corazzini from director Ken Scott and writer Steve Conrad. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A dirty secret around The Playlist parts: we love Vince Vaughn. Or rather, a few of us really like Vince Vaughn when he is in R-Rated comedies like “Wedding Crashers” or…. well, maybe mostly “Wedding Crashers.” The last few years have been more than unkind to almost all of his comedy choices and the comedy projects that he and his team develop, from "Fred Claus," "Four Christmases," "Couples Retreat," The Dilemma," "The Watch" to more recent fare like “Delivery Man.” In short, Vaughn hasn’t starred in a worthwhile comedy since “The Break-Up” in 2006 which itself is still uneven (but much more grown-up than you’d expect). And so he’s got another comedy in the works, “Unfinished Business,” which once again taps Ken Scott, the French Canadian director of “Delivery Man” (which is a remake of Scott’s own “Starbuck” -- Hollywood came knocking and he answered). The movie »
- Edward Davis
A new clip has arrived online for director Ken Scott’s (Delivery Man) new comedy Unfinished Business, starring Vince Vaughn (Delivery Man), Tom Wilkinson (The Full Monty) and Dave Franco (Bad Neighbours). Check it out below after the official synopsis…
A hard-working small business owner (Vince Vaughn) and his two associates (Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco) 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.
Unfinished Business is set for release on March 6th and features a cast that also includes Nick Frost (The World’s End), James Marsden (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher).
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek more restricted 'red band' footage from director Ken Scott's comedy feature "Unfinished Business" (aka "Business Trip", starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, Nick Frost and James Marsden, opening March 6, 2015:
"...a hard-working small business owner (Vaughn) and his two associates (Wilkinson, Franco) 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..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Unfinished Business"...
- Michael Stevens
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