Unfinished Business is something I classify as a ‘frat boy comedy”. That’s mainly because its target audience is a bunch of aging frat boys who love fart jokes. Don’t get me wrong. These movies can be very funny. Sometimes, they get it right, like in the Hangover. Sometimes, it goes really, really wrong…like in this movie.
Unfinished Business stars the well known aging frat boy, Vince Vaughn as Dan Trunkman. Dan is an honorable man with a loving wife and two really insecure kids. When he has to go on a business trip, he takes along two sidekicks, Timothy McWinters (Tim Wilkinson) and the dimwitted Mike Pancake (Dave Franco). They travel to Berlin, Germany, and some fish out of water wackiness ensures.
Let’s start by counting the clichés, to make sure they’re all there. Terrible driving on the Autobahn, confusion due to the language barriers, freaky sexual adventures, giant boobs and someone losing their virginity. Yeah, it’s all there.
No wonder everyone in Europe hates us so much.
Also, why does it always seem to be Oktoberfest when Americans set a movie in Germany?
Then, between all of these perverted shenanigans and complete misunderstanding of European culture, we are also treated to some over the top sloppy sentimentality about the importance of family connections. I mean Jeez, the last thing I want to think about, after I just saw a penis get shoved in someone’s face, is my family.
And side note? Everyone in Hollywood, stop with the glory hole jokes. We have all seen the trope.
“Oh, I’m an innocent person in a bathroom. What could possibly be in this hole? Let me put my eye right up to it. Oh my god, I just got poked in the eye by a penis!”
Look, Hollywood, I personally promise you, there is not one single person left in the world anywhere who does not know what a glory hole is. This incident will never, never, never happen. Can we please stop now?
Another thing I didn’t like is that Vaughn’s kid in the movie is overweight and the subject of bullying. This is portrayed in a feel bad for the chubby kid kind of way. But then, the movie has no problem making fun of Mike’s character because he’s stupid. Look, I have no problem laughing at a few fat jokes. I have no problem laughing at a few dumb jokes. But when you make it ok to laugh at one, and not the other, you’re just being a sanctimonious prick.
This is a movie written about Europe, that doesn’t feel like it was written by someone who’s ever been to Europe. It’s not Oktoberfest all year long. That only happens in October. The Autobahn is one of the best maintained roadways in the world, and if you can’t drive it, you shouldn’t drive at all. And anyone who doesn’t know what a glory hole is deserves to get poked in the eye by a penis.
Choose a genre and stick to it. If it’s a sloppy bro movie, don’t try and inject a bunch of heartfelt messages. If I wanted that, I’d go see a chick flick rather than an over aged, frat movie with 90% dick jokes.
WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars