Writer Steve Conrad (“The Pursuit Of Happyness”, “The Promotion” has written a new movie, a comedy directed by Ken Scott (“Delivery Man”, “Starbuck”) titled “Unfinished Business”.
The film starts with businessman Dan Trunkman (Vince Vaughn – “Wedding Crashers”, “Couples Retreat”) arguing with his boss at Dynamic Systems about being given 5% less commission on a business deal than he was expecting.
During the argument he impulsively tells his boss, Chuck Portnoy (Sienna Miller – “Layer Cake”, “Mississippi Grind”), that he is going to leave and set up a rival business. Before he leaves the office he invites anyone who wants to to join him in his new venture.
Down in the car park he finds two others have left with him. The first, Timothy McWinters (Tom Wilkinson – “Selma”, “Good People”), admits he has just left the building because he’s been fired for being too old.
The second, young and naïve Mike Pancake (Dave Franco – “Now You See Me”, “Bad Neighbours”) had attended an interview at Dynamic but decided to follow the other two.
Twelve months later the trio’s business Apex Select is still running, just, but desperately short of funds and in need of a big deal. Trunkman’s children are being bullied at school and his wife Susan (June Diane Raphael – “Bad Night”) wants to put them into a private school, unaware that they cannot afford to.
Then Trunkman gets a message asking him to travel to Portland to finalise a deal with Bill Whilmsley (Nick Frost – “Cuban Fury”, “Hot Fuzz”) and Jim Spinch (James Marsden – “Accidental Love”, “The Loft”), but when they arrive they find that Portnoy is already there and seemingly already about to close the deal with Spinch.
In order to try and beat Portnoy to the deal, Trunkman, McWinters and Pancake fly to Germany where bad goes to worse as they find themselves experiencing naked unisex saunas, real and escort hotel maids, youth hostels, living museum exhibits, wheelbarrows, marathon running, rave drugs and gay nightclubs on their way to finishing their business deal…
This is a bit of a conflicted movie, I feel. On the one hand we are witnessing a heart-warming tale of a father working hard to secure a future for his loving family whilst also managing to give positive and helpful pop talks to his struggling children despite being halfway around the world. On the other there are plenty of crude and definitely adult jokes and scenes, that are somewhat at odds with the underlying positive message.
For me it was the comedy that worked the best, rather than the sentimentality, and there are some genuinely funny scenes – with Frost and Franco probably having the funniest bits.