Unimaginative, unmemorable and unfunny. My business with Vince Vaughn is now finished.
Well, I’ve found my contender for worst film of 2015 and we’re only into March.
Dreadful. I desperately wanted to like this with the talent on display BUT good lord!
If it wasn’t for Dave Franco, I think I would have given this a zero.
So what’s it all about? A hard-working small business owner (Vaughn) and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable.
A little imagination would have been nice.
I’ve always rated Vince Vaughn and defended his last endeavour; Delivery Man. I felt Vaughn could do both serious and comedic acting.
His deadpan delivery (No pun intended) has worked before. Dodgeball being a perfect example. BUT I can’t help but feel he’s trying to apply the same spiel to every character he takes on.
It didn’t help that his character, the lead character, whom we’re supposed to relate to and route for was incredibly droll and bland.
Vaughn’s delivery would have worked better if he had better gags to bounce off.
And trust me, the gags are few and far between.
Sienna Miller had the easiest job going. She looked stunning (as always) and nailed the American accent but her character was so dull I didn’t really feel anything.
I didn’t care that she was the bad guy in this picture. I wasn’t routing for the gang to thwart her plan. She wasn’t even that bitchy to be honest.
She just played a one dimensional corporate drone. If that was the goal, she nailed it.
Tom Wilkinson, oh how the mighty have fallen! He did his best but there was only one moment involving him that got a little chuckle.
I know Wilkinson can deliver in comedies. I couldn’t believe this was the same man from The Full Monty and hell, even the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!
A hotel room blunder involving a sex maid with the alluring Kasia Malinowska was unexpected. More could have been made with the gag.
A missed opportunity but it wasn’t bad with Wilkinson trying to give out orders to a normal maid. “I want you to call me, Tony Stark.”
I think the only one who will come out of this unscathed is Dave Franco. He was brilliant as Mike Pancake. His surname being a recurring and irritating gag.
The first mention of his surname in a PowerPoint presentation got a chuckle.
Pancake? It’s Greek. Sounds delicious. Yum!
BUT the constant discussion and repetition of said surname soon buried that puppy by the 30 minute marker.
However, Franco’s nervous twitching, random theories and strange pronunciations on words stopped me from either walking out or falling asleep.
Screaming “Boobs!” at a naked sauna like a kid in a sweet shop. Yes! Trying to work out the wheelbarrow sex position and talking about it endlessly? No!
BUT at least he kept things watchable.
Nick Frost was terribly unfunny. A scene involving glory holes in a men’s toilet started off funny BUT went on far too long and got increasingly uncomfortable as the number of penises continued to pop out.
It felt just as uncomfortable as reading that last sentence.
There was no focus. No drive. The tone was all over the place. It didn’t know what it wanted to be. By the closing 20 minutes, the film took a more serious route. BUT it was still a dramedy that failed on both the comedy and the drama.
A naff subplot involving Vaughn’s fictional son being cyber bullied came off incredibly hammy and uninspiring. It reeked of desperation to try and add an extra dimension to Vaughn’s cardboard clown.
The desperation got increasingly worse as Vaughn’s other child is revealed to be a bully. Shock! Gasp! Snore!
And to make matters worse, it was dealt with so quickly and cheesily that I could feel the will to live fading, fading. It ended up becoming a lecture on cyber bullying. Heavy handed and in the wrong film altogether.
Even when the gang finally get to Berlin, I expected Euro Trip meets Margin Call BUT boy, was I wrong?
There were probably two gags that got a giggle out of me BUT every thing else was just terrible and it pains me to say that.
The cast do their best with the material BUT the material is so bad.
Even when a gag had potential, they either go too far, stretch it out or kill it. A frustrating encounter with a German talking SatNav had everyone laughing in the audience. God knows why? They must have raided the drinks fridge.
Yelling “Flugelslafen” repeatedly while Vaughn drives the wrong way up a motorway just didn’t do anything for me.
If Vaughn keeps doing stuff like this then I’m done.
One for the Franco.