Sunday, November 24, 2013

Delivery Man

Writer/Director Ken Scott’s Delivery Man is his American remake of the French Canadian film Starbuck he made in 2011.  Using the same Co-Writer Martin Petit and the same Producer André Rouleau, this is the first remake into another language I can think of that was done by the same people.  So, it’s true to the original spirit.  The only thing missing is the Canadian star Patrick Huard.  Instead, we have the well-cast Vince Vaughn, who is able to show more heart than has been evidenced in his strictly comic roles to date.
The premise is one of the most unique of this or any other year.  All-around screw-up David Wozniak (Vaughn) had made 693 sperm donations in the ‘80s and learns that he is the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom are bringing suit against the clinic to find out who he is.

The film is funny and heartfelt as David surreptitiously involves himself in the lives of several of his offspring while he is trying to get in the good graces of his pregnant girlfriend (Cobie Smulders), who is a cop, as well as keep from the clutches of loan sharks to whom he owes $80,000.

If the ending doesn’t bring tears of joy to your eyes, God help you.

As I did for Starbuck, I give Delivery Man a 4 out of 5.

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