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Vince Vaughn shambles along in this contrived remake of a 2011 film about a sperm donor whose biological kids come knocking

Vince Vaughn autopilots his way through this lame, contrived and strangely depressing high-concept comedy. It is a remake of Canadian film-maker Ken Scott's 2011 film Starbuck, about a hopeless manchild slacker who discovers he has hundreds of biological children from when he made cash by donating sperm 20 years ago – and they are now demanding to meet him. (This was probably inspired by Jeffrey Harrison's story, in 2010 documentary Donor Unknown.) Vaughn shambles along, not exerting himself to make us like him, or make the story believable – he lacks the script zingers or comedy situations to do so. Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right worked (where this doesn't) because it tried to create real parts for female characters and not simply rely on a male star's supposedly adorable goofiness to carry the whole thing. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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