Dir: Ken Scott. US. 2015. 90mins

Unfinished Business

Vince Vaughn’s familiar comic everyman is a bit sweeter and a bit less edgy than usual in Unfinished Business, a mostly flat, occasionally raunchy comedy-drama that packages its star with Canadian director Ken Scott, an underused Anglo-American supporting cast and quirky Berlin settings.

The raunch – which has earned the film an R rating in the US – comes mostly in a pretty mild ‘glory-holing’ scene in the bathroom of a Berlin gay bar.

Vaughn’s box office pull isn’t what it used to be - he last starred in the Scott-directed Delivery Man, which topped out at $30.7m in the US and Canada – so expectations won’t be huge when the Fox-distributed Unfinished Business opens in the US, UK and other international markets over the weekend beginning March 6. The cast (including Tom Wilkinson and Sienna Miller) and European locations (Berlin) might be marginal selling points outside the US (where Delivery Man managed $20.5m).

Vaughn’s Dan is a hard-working family man who sets up his own sales operation – dealing in the comically uninteresting metal residue swarf – after clashing with his tough female boss Chuck (played by American Sniper’s Sienna Miller).

Competing with Chuck for a make-or-break contract from a German-owned company, Dan takes his two employees – aging numbers man Tim (UK stalwart Tom Wilkinson, from Michael Clayton) and slow-witted sales beginner Mike (Dave Franco, from Neighbors) – to Berlin. But the business trip gets sidetracked by Oktoberfest, G8 Summit protesters, a gay fetish festival and the Berlin marathon.

Working from a script by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness), Scott (who also made French-Canadian hit Starbuck, of which Delivery Man was the US version) doesn’t force the comedy but neither does he give it much punch. Things start to feel aimless as Tim and Mike go off on Berlin adventures and Dan tries to keep in emotional touch with his kids and wife back in the States.

The raunch – which has earned the film an R rating in the US – comes mostly in a pretty mild ‘glory-holing’ scene in the bathroom of a Berlin gay bar.

The supporting cast takes some of the comic weight off the always likeable Vaughn’s shoulders. But Wilkinson’s character is too sad-sack to be really funny and Franco’s verges on the mawkish. Miller’s character adds some spark but she has to share villain duties with another slick executive (played by James Marsden, from The Best of Me). British name Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) only gets a few brief scenes in which to do his comic thing as an unhappy mid-level exec.

Production companies: New Regency Pictures, Escape Artists, Studio Babelsberg

Worldwide distribution: 20th Century Fox

Producers: Arnon Milchan, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Anthony Katagas

Executive producer: Steve Conrad

Screenplay: Steve Conrad

Director of photography: Oliver Stapleton

Production designer: Luca Tranchino

Editors: Jon Poll, Michael Tronick

Costume designer:

Music: Alex Wurman

Website: http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/unfinished-business

Main cast: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, James Marsden, Nick Frost