run time: 105 mins
considered: Comedy, Drama
starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, and 142 extras
movie summary: An affable underachiever finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. (www.imdb.com)
my thoughts: Times must have been really tough in a America in the 1980’s for David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), who donates over 600 times to a sperm bank to make money. Good thing he used his stage name Starbuck to prevent anyone from ever finding out who he really was!
David is a very caring compassionate guy who never catches a break in life. He is by far the worse employee at his dad’s meat shop while owing the mob about $80,000. They plan to drown him if he doesn’t come up with the money, so he now has to come up with creative ways to get the money after being rejected for a loan from every bank.
One day when he returns home from work, a lawyer is in his apartment to inform him that his sperm donations were misused and he is the biological father of 533 children, which 142 of them are suing the clinic to find out his identity. David turns to his horrible lawyer best friend Brett (Chris Pratt) to defend him in court. After receiving the files to the case, Brett presents David with an envelope with the personal profiles of his kids and warns him not to open it for fear he will find a way to mess everything up.
Against his lawyer’s warning, David pulls out a new profile every day and begins to bump into his kids at their work or out on the streets. He starts to form a bond with several of them as he tries to do whatever he can to make their life just a little bit better. As the weeks go by he comes to realise that his kids are wonderful people and that they should know who he really is, but if the truth comes out it could ruin his job, family, and relationship. David wants to do the right thing for the kids and himself but that will require him to change his life, something he never wanted to do before.
Delivery Man is English version of the 2011 Quebec hit film Starbuck. Vince Vaughn shines in the lead role of David Wozniak and I honestly can’t think of anyone else who could have fit the role more perfectly. He has such a funny personality filled with one liners that can get an audience bursting out laughing. He does have a cocky tone to some of his arguments on why he does what he does, but it just comes out so funny despite the fact he’s being dead serious. Vaughn does a great job transitioning Wozniak from a self-centered prick to a caring father figure. Chris Pratt is equally hilarious as the “never win a case” lawyer who provides all the best legal advice a lawyer can offer only to have it fall on deaf ears. He never gives up despite having four kids of his own at home. Together the pair give us a humorous best friend connection on the screen that you usually see Vaughn have with Owen Wilson. Cobie Smulders has a significant yet minor role in the movie as David’s girlfriend Emma. She’s been waiting for him to change his life and get ready to settle down but is put to the test when she finds out that he is the now famous Starbuck!
I love Vince Vaughn and enjoy most of his movies (I could watch Couple’s Retreat over and over) so I went into this film expecting it to be better than the Internship and it definitely was. Delivery Man is worth a watch and probably a second one someday to pick out other funny things I might have missed the first time around.
my star rating: 7 out 10