A movie review of “Unfinished Business”: This Vince Vaughn comedy is a guys-gone-wild romp in the well-worn tradition of Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” franchise.

Share story

In the years since he strutted onto the scene — lean, handsome, mouth running a mile a minute — in Doug Liman’s “Swingers” (1996), Vince Vaughn has become one of the poster boys for mainstream American comedy: from romantic (“The Break-Up”) to bromantic (“Old School”), pretty good (“Wedding Crashers”) to very bad (“Fred Claus”) to frankly unnecessary (“Delivery Man”).

His new film, “Unfinished Business,” falls into that last subcategory — perhaps not coincidentally, as it, too, has been directed by Ken Scott (“Delivery Man” was Scott’s remake of his own homegrown Québécois hit, “Starbuck”). A guys-gone-wild romp in the well-worn tradition of Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” franchise, this is the latest example of a movie that doesn’t work hard enough to freshen up formulas used and abused by filmmakers like Phillips and Judd Apatow.

Vaughn plays Dan, a St. Louis sales exec who quits his job toiling for a bullying boss named Chuck (Sienna Miller) and starts his own company with two fellow workplace outcasts: retirement-age Timothy (Tom Wilkinson) and sweet-natured but slow-witted Mike (Dave Franco). The trio travels first to Maine, then to Europe in an effort to beat out Chuck for a lucrative deal with a firm fronted by Jim Spinch (James Marsden).

Movie Review

‘Unfinished Business,’ with Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, James Marsden. Directed by Ken Scott, from a screenplay by Steve Conrad. 91 minutes. Rated R for some violence and language. Several theaters.

The Hollywood Reporter does not provide star ratings with reviews.

Needless to say chaos ensues.

When it’s not indulging in lowbrow sex humor (not a bad thing in itself, mind you), the script tosses around some very lame jokes — sometimes repeatedly.

Vaughn’s work here might be best described as functional.If the movie has a bright spot, it’s Franco. Speaking in stoner-surfer cadences, his face regularly expanding into an infectiously goofy grin, the actor is the one person on-screen who seems determined to cobble together what little he’s given into a distinctive character.