Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Reel Reviews: Not fawning over Vaughn in Unfinished Business

Vince Vaughn is proof that Hollywood doesn’t care about you.

  • Mar. 13, 2015 2:00 p.m.

Dan (Vince Vaughn), Tim (Tom Wilkinson) and Mike (Dave Franco) are business partners in a fledgeling enterprise, which they began after leaving the same giant corporation, selling scrap metal.

About to land their first big contract, the men must travel to Europe for a handshake deal that will set them up to compete with the larger companies.

When their old boss, Chuck (Sienna Miller), arrives to bid for the same contract, Dan and his team pull out all the stops to seal the deal.

We say, “Vaughn is proof that Hollywood doesn’t care about you.”

TAYLOR: Each of the characters has some unfunny back-story that needs addressing, or not: Dan’s kids have bullying issues, Tim wants to divorce his wife and Mike seems to have underlying developmental problems. This is not the recipe for comedy; this is the touching, realistic B-story that all Vaughn movies have. Unfinished Business is more of the same Vaughn vehicle: “I’m a big doofus, I act a fool, but my heart’s in the right place and I’m capable of learning something and improving.”

If only that were true.

HOWE: I think you sum up all of Vaughn’s films in that last sentence. I liked his early stuff and I said this after Delivery Man, the last wreck of a movie he made, that I think he is better suited to supporting a film rather than leading one. He plays the same role in every movie and it’s getting really stale.

I think I even used this same sentence in the last review of him we did. Oh no, I’m turning into Vaughn!

TAYLOR: You’re Vaughning. I thought about doing that, writing a purposefully terrible review and handing it in, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Apparently Vaughn can do no wrong. He’s like an old Adam Sandler, you know what you’re going to get by going to one of his movies. For some reason people go to these films, except maybe not this one.

Could this be the end of Vaughning? His terrible picture cost $35 million to make and has only made five of that back. One or two more like that and he will be relegated to supporting roles.

HOWE: The jokes are juvenile. I think I laughed once, maybe twice and that’s not a good return for your money. If you want to see a 67-year-old man get high and then indulge himself in a pillow fight with topless girls or a young man that’s not that bright shake hands with a penis, then this is the movie for you.

The thing that shocked me though is Tom Wilkinson. I can’t believe he agreed to be in this turdnip. I cringed every time he was going to do or say anything and that’s a huge shame because he’s a far better actor than this film deserves.

– Howe gives Unfinished Business 1.5 same roles for Vaughn yet again out of 5.

– Taylor gives it 1.5 partying montages out of 5.

Peter Howe and Brian Taylor review films for The Morning Star every Friday and Sunday.