Screenwriter Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) gives us another raunchy, male-bonding comedy and he throws in everything he can to get a laugh.
Vince Vaughn plays Dan Truckman, a hard working swarf (metal shavings) salesman. When his hard-nosed boss (Sienna Miller) cuts his pay, he makes a loud protest and quits. But before he walks out, he says he's going to open his own competing company and invites his co-workers to quit and join him in the parking lot.
Out comes Tim (Tom Wilkinson), 67, who lost his job because of his age and Mike Pancake (Dave Franco), a young guy who is developmentally challenged and Dan is happy to have them both on board — sort of!
The company can't afford an office, so they set up in the local Dunkin Donuts with repeat customers rooting for them to do well. After a year of struggling, they get a chance to close on a big deal in Germany. Short on cash, but long on gumption, the three set out for Europe.
Germany is hosting a huge gay gathering, Oktoberfest festivities and the G-8 summit, so they have every opportunity to get into trouble. They get drunk, try new drugs, go to a nude spa, dance at a gay sex club where male genitalia is on full display and get roughed up at protests. Sounds like any other business trip, right?
Interspersed with their vulgar antics, Dan is giving out fatherly advice via video hook up to his two kids who are being bullied at school. It gives his character some humanity and makes him more likable. Vaughn is good when he's acting like a grown up.
Franco is sweetly funny, Wilkinson comes off as just a dirty old man, and Vaughn is mostly a harried guy trying to make a deal. The story was O.K., but most of the time, the raunchiness got in the way of the humor.