9 items from 2015
In Canada, the power to declare war lies squarely in the hands of the Cabinet. In “My Internship in Canada,” that responsibility falls to a single Member of Parliament who, owing to a deadlock between both sides, has the deciding vote but no clue as to handle the situation. It’s an amusing premise for what should have been a razor-sharp political satire, a la Armando Iannucci’s “In the Loop,” although the protagonist here, a dopey MP from backwoods Prescott-Makadewa-Rapides-aux Outardes, couldn’t be farther out of the loop. Passing up the opportunity to make a sharp international commentary, director Philippe Falardeau (“Congorama,” “Monsieur Lazhar”) plays the dilemma for folksy, feel-good laughs, severely minimizing this Canuck comedy’s export potential.
“This film is based on events that have not yet happened,” the opening titles impishly disclaim. For those living south of the border in the over-militarized United States, there »
- Peter Debruge
Daniel Trunkman (Vaughn), a hard-working but disillusioned salesman, decides to set up on his own and take on the big man – or more specifically his cut-throat former boss Chuck (Miller). Accompanied by two unlikely associates; Timothy McWinters (Wilkinson) and Mike Pancake (Franco), he travels to Europe to close the most important deal of his life. But what begins 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.
Ken Scott, director of Starbuck and its Us remake Delivery Man, seems to have cornered the market in broad comedies with emotional heart. Delivery Man could have been just another gross out comedy about »
- Phil Wheat
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.
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
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
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
If the first red band trailer or raunchy version of the Super Bowl spot didn't convince you to see the new comedy Unfinished Business next month, 20th Century Fox is making one last attempt to get you on board. The final red band trailer has just arrived for the film starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, and it brings some more raunchiness to the table. While I don't think this looks flat out terrible, it doesn't seem to offer up anything we haven't see before comedically with the exception of Franco's character being on the autism spectrum (though I don't buy his performance yet). Watch below! Here's the final red band trailer for Ken Scott's Unfinished Business from Fox: You can still watch the first trailers for Unfinished Business right here. Unfinished Business is directed by Ken Scott (Delivery Man, Starbuck) and written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, »
- Ethan Anderton
We complain about the concept of the teaser for a trailer, but when you’re a wildly R-rated comedy like Unfinished Business, you have to depend on the idea. Consider the deal: Fox wants to sell this movie to everybody watching the Super Bowl, but the most appealing bits are too racy for network television. So, they air an intriguing enough PG-rated spot cut perfectly to Lonely Island’s “Like a Boss” (seen here) that tells us to go to IGN for the Red Band version. Technically, that’s not the same thing as an ad dropping on a Tuesday to alert us of a full trailer arriving on Thursday, but it’s still basically an ad for an ad, albeit an effective one. I hadn’t paid any attention to this movie before yesterday. It’s by Ken Scott, the director of Delivery Man (and the movie it remade, Starbuck »
- Christopher Campbell
Madrid – Philippe Falardeau, whose Oscar-nominated “Monsieur Lazhar” proved a U.S. sleeper and sold worldwide, is re-teaming with “Lazhar’s” sales agent, Paris-based Films Distribution, for his new film, “My Internship in Canada” (“Guibord s’en va-t-en Guerre”).
Billed as a laugh-out-loud political satire, and produced by “Lazhar’s” Luc Dery and Kim McCraw for Canada’s Micro_scope, “Internship” is the third Falardeau film which Films Distribution is handling after 2008’s “It’s Not Me I Swear” and 2011’s “Monsieur Lazhar.”
The comedy tells the story of Steve Guibord (Patrick Huard, “Starbuck,” “Mommy”), an independent member of parliament in Northern Quebec whom, in an unusual twist of fate, finds himself holding the decisive vote in a national debate that will decide if Canada will go to war in the Middle-East or not.
Guibord has no staff but accepted Souverain, a Haitian student in political science, as his new intern. »
- John Hopewell
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