Unfinished Business stars Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco who have all starred in some pretty good movies, honestly. Here, they are the team that joined only because Vaughn's character Dan wasn't really enjoying himself being told to walk behind Chuck, the lady who has a firm foot to defend her Dynamic Systems company. What systems they make and what Vince Vaughn's new shooting star company make that he creates after he fires himself is never actually mentioned. The movie goes around that and just explains that the group that Dan just put together in the parking lot have to head to Berlin to make a deal and they'll be able to get an office if they can get a handshake. Handshake rhymes with Pancake, which is the last name of Dave Franco's character, Mike. When a name is the funniest thing about your movie and it is put in the hands of a wimp that you can't stand, there's a problem.
Reviewing this movie is basically a yawn. You can sort of sense a tension in the family, the son Tom being bullied but just says to his father that he's "doing stuff" and Vaughn tries to be funny saying an awkward conversation about "doing stuff". This gives a slight reason why Dan wants the extra grant so he can send his boy to private school, but later on even when a hiccup occurs, he still says he'll send him there "but it won't change anything, that you have to stand up for yourself." This could've worked, because I've seen some movies that have surprised me in whatever second category they can come up with, like how The Social Network was more than about Facebook's birth but how to be a billionaire, you can't always do things illegal and you have to betray. (And that's actually something that kind of happens near the end, Vaughn doing something on his own because he can't trust his workers; I wouldn't, Mike Panther anyway.) Or how Home was a slow moving friendship story rather than just the hilarious adventure that it was. But here it is so one dimensional and you basically forget about it during the next penis-meets-vagina scene. There were two of those in particular; one that I didn't mind, and another that I found totally predictable and seemed to go the easy way. Here there is room for a moral but it refuses to bubble up. It stays a comedy where I didn't laugh once. Only a few "Heh heh"s.
That being said, there were a few scenes that were fine. There's a ball scene that may remind some of Monster by Mistake's Gargool that was fine, even if it's way of humour was predictable, and the "American Businessman 42" had potential in every sense of the word, and there is a brief talk about being the dummies, the psyches. I also learned something new about the G8s, how there are several protests one way or another and it brings it into the story. Too bad that scene could've been the movie's saviour and isn't. In all honesty, the drinking scenes were the best part of the movie, which are too brief and why couldn't it have just stuck to that like the criminally underrated 21 & Over? It instead sticks to showing how Mike Pancake always screws up in all the dumbest ways, and it's questionable how there is a pointless "One Year Later" citation and the little underdogs ask for the very first time if he ever went to college. You really just want to slap him.
Skip this movie and watch something like Vince Vaughn's The Internship. It has a coherent story with no questions left unanswered and an actually relatable plotline. And if there were unanswered questions, you'd at least care about them.