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Unfinished Business: Movie Review


"Unfinished Business" ironically feels like a lot of things were left unfinished. Sad to say, the film turns out to be your typical Vince Vaughn film of recent times. These films play it safe, harshly formulaic and predictable in nature and more or less lacks that creative punch. While "Unfinished Business" had its comedic moments, we're not sure if the laugh-out-loud scenarios outweighs the cons.

Trying to make it on his own, Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) works in the highly competitive field of mineral sales. Fed up with in fighting and petty office politics, he quits his secure job to start his own firm, Apex Select. Joining him is the "forcibly retired" Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) and a young, "special-minded" recruit Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). But one year after, their 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. Unfortunately, the trio find themselves up against ruthless opposition, what starts out as a short trip to Portland ends up in Berlin where Dan, Mike and Tim have a series of hilarious setbacks as they chase their dream.

Let's get it out of the way, "Unfinished Business" will disappoint you if you expect more than anything but a light viewing experience to have a good laugh at. The main premise is rather pedestrian and the end result more so. The story is predictable with little or no surprises and yes, you will definitely feel that you have seen this one before. "Unfinished Business" tries to make a little twist with Trunkman having to contend with some son and daughter issues but those turn out to be no-frills too. On the acting aspect, the leads were good enough with Dave Franco taking the cake. Comedic-wise, the film, surprisingly, had lots of great moments - we could easily count more than a handful scenes that made us laugh our lungs off. Overall, "Unfinished Business" doesn't do anything to really stand out and feels stale. That's really our biggest issue with it.

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- had more than a handful of laugh out loud scenes

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- formulaic and predictable story
- plays it safe overall

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