Film review: Unfinished Business (15, 91 mins)

Vaughn is clumsy and crass

Sunday, 8th March 2015, 8:00 am
Unfinished Business: Vince Vaughn as Daniel Trunkman
Unfinished Business: Vince Vaughn as Daniel Trunkman

Vince Vaughn’s career has been in a nosedive since the glory days of Wedding Crashers and Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005.

A leading role in the second series of the gritty TV crime drama True Detective later this year should help him regain altitude, but, in the meantime, we have to suffer another bumpy comedy ride as passengers on this ham-fisted road movie.

Directed by Ken Scott, who helmed Vaughn in Delivery Man, Unfinished Business is a preposterous story of a family man, who risks everything – including his dignity – to close a business deal.

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Scriptwriter Steve Conrad addresses issues of learning disability, teenage cyber-bullying and homosexuality with all of the finesse of a carpenter shaping wood with a pneumatic drill.

One crass and offensive set-piece at a gay fetish night lazily peddles stereotypes, while another pivotal scene in a sauna tackles nudity and prudishness with the sniggering and leering of a hormone-crazed schoolboy.

Amid the bad taste, Conrad attempts to deliver poignant sermons on the power of friendship and family unity to overcome adversity.

His clumsy words fall on deaf ears.


Star rating: 3/10