This New Unfinished Business Red Band Trailer is NSFW Like a Boss

By  · Published on February 2nd, 2015

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We complain about the concept of the teaser for a trailer, but when you’re a wildly R-rated comedy like Unfinished Business, you have to depend on the idea. Consider the deal: Fox wants to sell this movie to everybody watching the Super Bowl, but the most appealing bits are too racy for network television. So, they air an intriguing enough PG-rated spot cut perfectly to Lonely Island’s “Like a Boss” (seen here) that tells us to go to IGN for the Red Band version. Technically, that’s not the same thing as an ad dropping on a Tuesday to alert us of a full trailer arriving on Thursday, but it’s still basically an ad for an ad, albeit an effective one.

I hadn’t paid any attention to this movie before yesterday. It’s by Ken Scott, the director of Delivery Man (and the movie it remade, Starbuck) and stars its lead, Vince Vaughn, who hasn’t been an exciting name for a while. Plus it had sounded like a movie where someone watched Cedar Rapids and said, “this business trip comedy starring the guy from The Hangover should be more like The Hangover.” Now that the Super Bowl put it in front of my eyes, though, I’m opening up to it. Vaughn looks as tired as ever, but Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco – who is still riding high in my favor since Neighbors – are making up for that.

The script here is by Steve Conrad, who is hardly known for crazy Todd Phillips type stuff where an Unrated Version DVD release is a given (he wrote the screenplays to The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Promotion, which he also directed), and it follows the three named actors on a business trip to Europe in order to seal a make-or-break opportunity for Vaughn’s character’s new company. Along the way, there’s wheelbarrow sex, emasculation gags and, most importantly, a Tom Wilkinson dance scene.

Check out the NSFW Red Band trailer below.

Unfinished Business opens in theaters on March 6th.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.