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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Comedy | Drama

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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Sweet & sour
9 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

A really good central performance by the lead actor. The story itself, well it does contain a lot of clichés and stuff you'll be expecting when watching a movie like this. Plot holes can be found as easy as holes in swiss cheese. But maybe we started off the wrong foot here. Be aware, that the only really "adult" scene (if you want to call it that), is right at the beginning. Let's call that scene, the "shot that made everything happen" (it's more than one shot of course).

There was actually a man in the news last year, who did father quite a lot of children. This news came out in America in 2012 and was received like a big shock. Of course the man who did donate his sperm, is not entirely to blame here. Pretty sure he needed the money, and if he could get it, by doing nothing that he wouldn't do anyways ...

So here we have a case of a comedy, that has a lot of heart (and meat, but not story wise), but lacks a bit on the big drama. And some other minor failings. Overall a more than decent effort, that probably will be remade in America sometime soon

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