“Unfinished Business”: Vince Vaughn Recycled
“Unfinished Business” is the hybrid of two types of films. At times, it feels as if it wants to emulate the comedy seen in movies like “Neighbors” with its raunchy dialogue, but at others it seems to mimic the heartfelt moments that can be seen in stuff like last year’s “Delivery Man”. And it’s also no coincidence that the same writer/director of “Delivery Man” is also at the helm of Vince Vaughn’s latest work.
To be completely honest, Vaughn is the best part about the whole experience (if you can call it that). He’s able to bring his usual charm and do more than phone-in his performance, and I respect him for that. However, the movie itself is not very good. I can’t really say that it’s bad – I certainly laughed out loud more than once – but it isn’t really good either. Though it sufficiently entertained me for the most part, it felt irrelevant the second the credits rolled. That’s not a feeling that I get often. And though the first few months of the year are usually the worst for mainstream movies, various comedies from the past year like “Ride Along” and “That Awkward Moment” still managed to win me over. “Unfinished Business” is different though. It felt like a placeholder for 20th Century Fox before they’re able to replace that slot with their big summer blockbusters to come.
The plot is obviously recycled from many other party movies like “The Hangover”, the only difference being these three men are on a business trip. We see them let loose, realize that they all they need is their families, roll credits. Frankly, it’s forgettable at best. I might have enjoyed it if I stumbled upon it on Netflix at 3 AM and had nothing better to do, but the key is, I didn’t. I paid $9.75 to see a movie that I’ll fail to recall a month from now. Whether or not that sounds appealing is up to you. It certainly doesn’t to me. “Unfinished Business” is now playing in theaters everywhere.