Earlier this month, I had the chance to see a sneak preview of the film Delivery Man, directed by Ken Scott, and starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, and Cobie Smulders.
The film is a remake of Scott’s 2011 French-Canadian film, Starbuck. In the film David Wozniak (Vaughn) learns that the many donations he made to a sperm bank under the alias “Starbuck” twenty years earlier ended up fathering 533 children.
Yes, that’s right…533 children.
A large number of the kids sue the bank to learn who their father is, and Wozniak has to decide whether or not to come forward. Not an easy decision since Wozniak is a slacker working for his family’s butcher shop, his best friend Brett (Pratt) warns him against fatherhood, and his pregnant girlfriend Emma (Smulders) has told him she doesn’t think he’ll be a suitable father.
I loved this movie. Vaughn is still playing the funny man, but it’s more mellow version with a heart. Pratt is an excellent comedy wingman, playing the fast-talking, wise-cracking best friend ex-lawyer who ends up representing Wozniak in court.
But the soul of the movie is Wozniak deciding to anonymously connect with some of the kids, and finding out a lot about himself in the process.
This movie made me laugh, and I even rooted for Wozniak to figure it all out. Watching him meeting his children was both funny and bittersweet, an emotional line the movie rode well.
Delivery Man isn’t the extremely funny film you’re used to from Vaughn, but it is a well-made heart-felt funny film about a man finding out who he really is, and learning to love his family, no matter how strange it may seem.
Delivery Man is in theaters on November 22, and gets two thumbs up from me. It is rated PG-13.
Here is a trailer for the film:
* I received free tickets from Walt Disney Pictures to see an advance screening of this film. My opinions are 100% my own.
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