Movie: Unfinished Business
Rating: 2 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)
Review: Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn) is a hard charging salesman for Dynamic Progressive Systems. He’s looking to sock away money so his son can go to a private school, but his younger female boss Chuck Portnoy (Sienna Miller) is taking a hard line with her employees, and insists Dan must take a 5% salary cut to help the company stay in the black. Dan cries “foul”, and proceeds to vent all his pent up frustrations which culminate in his resignation, and a battle cry that he will start his own company and do things the right way.
Dan soon realizes he may have been hasty in his departure, as the only employees that join his venture are Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson) and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). Timothy is a 67 year old man who just wants to hang on long enough to make a score so he can afford to divorce his evil wife. Mike is a young twenty-something fellow who is very introverted, inexperienced in business and life in general, and frankly seems a bit low in the old IQ number. An odd trio to be sure, they comprise the fledgling company named Apex Select. They are a niche company that finds solutions to dispose of scarf, which is the waste filings of metal or stone left over from a machining process.
After a year of frustration, Apex Select is on the verge of closing a major deal. But before the final handshake can happen, Dan Trunkman runs into his nemesis Chuck Portnoy and discovers his done deal is on the verge of going off the rails. What follows are the trials and tribulations of Dan and his two partners as they travel to Germany to find out if they have the “right stuff” to close a major business deal.
This film is a real mixed bag. At times it takes itself seriously as Dan Trunkman struggles to find his worth as a businessman and father, juggling a career on the road with hurried phone calls to deal with family crises. Then the scale tips way over to the side of comedic farcery, such as when old horn dog McWinters orders up a sex maid at one of his business hotel stays. I don’t even want to get into the gay sex club in Germany. Nein! Bottom line for this film is that it was too uneven, and the sight and physical humor just not that funny. It didn’t help that hottie Sienna Miller was a caricature of an evil boss. And who the heck gave her the name “Chuck”?
Huh? What the….: Where is the continuity person? Tom Wilkerson’s character says he is 67, the screen segue tells us it’s a year later, and Tom is still…67.
One of the characters runs a 5 hour marathon in his business shoes. Sorry, but he’d be crippled if he actually tried that.
Are there really clubs in Germany where beautiful naked women have pillow fights with guys? Seriously, I want to know!
Dialogue Nuggets: Chuck – “I’m an asshole because I have to make decisions to keep the company strong.”
Timothy – “I’m just 67. I’m not the crypt-keeper!”
“I’m wondering if we’re the fluffer company on this deal.”
Dan – “Sometimes in life you have to take inventory. This is one of those days.”
Product Placement: A lot of money is spent by companies to get their product prominently displayed in a movie. It was obvious that Pepsi Cola paid big bucks to the producers of this film.