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Starbuck (2011)

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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Wozniak / Starbuck
Dominic Philie ...
Frère sombre
Marc Bélanger ...
Frère sympathique
Igor Ovadis ...
David Michael ...
Antoine (as David Michaël)
Patrick Martin ...
David Giguère ...
Porte parole
Pierre Mailloux ...
Proprie café fe quartier
Patrick Labbé ...
Maître Chamberland
Marie-France Lambert ...
Infirmétre intervante
Pascal Contamine ...
Équipier #2
Félix Brassard ...


At 42, David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent. He coasts through life with minimal effort and maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she's pregnant, David's past resurfaces. Twenty years earlier, he began providing sperm to a fertility clinic in exchange for money. He discovers he's the father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit to determine the identity of their biological father, known only by the pseudonym Starbuck. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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3 May 2012 (New Zealand)  »

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Benim 533 Çocugum Var  »

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$15,530 (USA) (22 March 2013)


$335,034 (USA) (17 May 2013)

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Among the newspapers from around the world with headlines about "Starbuck" is the Israeli daily paper Ha-Aretz. Though the headline and the articles are in Hebrew letters, they are full of mistakes and make absolutely no sense. See more »


[from trailer]
David Wozniak: What would a normal person do in this situation?
Man: A normal person wouldn't be in this situation.
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Written by Matt Rerninger, Aaron Dessner
Performed by The National
Courtesy of 4AD Limited with Beggars Group Media Limited
Published by Bughouse (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Casablanca Media Publishing
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One of the best to come out of Canada
12 August 2012 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

When deciding to give this movie a go, I was skeptical since I've been pretty disappointed with most films coming out of Canada, however, after watching Starbuck, it renewed my faith in Canadian Cinema. The movie is about a middle-aged man who hasn't had much luck in his life. In his 20's, he lived above a sperm clinic and was a frequent donor which comes back to haunt him 20 years later. The story revolves around the children fathered by the anonymous donor named "Starbuck" and their wish to find who the anonymous donor is. Starbuck is my favourite comedy of the year and probably one of my favourite films. The premise of the movie is very unique and heart warming and the actors are wonderfully casted. Starbuck hasn't received much press, however, word is going around and a remake is being rumored. Watch it now before someone else ruins it.

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