581. Unfinished Business

581-unfinished-businessBackground info

Title: Unfinished Business
Director: Ken Scott
Year: 2015
Run time: 1hr 31m

“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.”

Live blog

1:39 – “Walk with me.”
3:53 – This Full Monty guy does all the American roles now.
5:11 – Omg Dave Franco is being the cutest.
6:58 – I mean, you could get an actual office but there are donuts right there.
10:34 – A new phrase for procrastination: “I’m tweaking it in my mind.”
14:01 – Mike Pancake.
22:28 – “Ah, how wonderfully brassy.”
36:19 – That reindeer didn’t even flinch, jeez.
44:14 – “I’d settle for one shade of grey.”
47:28 – Yelp used as a bargaining tool there.
55:36 – Going viral when you just wanted to be on a business trip. Eek.
1:02:00 – A three way handshake would be interesting.
1:10:12 – “Teal is very outlaw.”
1:10:37 – Teal Tough.
1:19:46 – I just, I couldn’t work in that kind of environment.
1:21:51 – Ich heart Berlin.

Conclusions

The good thing about this film is that it seemed new and unique, a fresh idea with what could have been interesting characters. The combination of ambitious family guy, hoping to retire guy, and sweet but simple guy was interesting but somehow they didn’t quite gel as I would have hoped.

The story was really hard to follow, they were jumping about all over the place to try and secure this business deal but I could never really work out where they were or why. Flitting back and forth to Vince’s home town, too, due to his family issues added another location which the story needed as a grounding, but in the end only served to confuse things further.

It was entertaining, but not particularly good, and I wouldn’t really recommend it onwards. It could have been a lot better, had potential, but didn’t deliver.

Rating: 2/5.

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