20 items from 2014
Only ten years have passed since Canadian comedy Seducing Doctor Lewis was released, and yet now comes a remake in the form of Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction. It’s not the first time that a screenplay by Ken Scott has been recomposed for a more luminous cast, having been the man behind Starbuck – and then its Vince Vaughn reimagining, Delivery Man. Sadly, this is also not the first time that such an endeavour has seemed somewhat superfluous.
Set in the intimate harbour of Tickle cove, we shine a light over a washed up society, struggling to make ends meet as the residents all collect their welfare cheques, with so few job opportunities available to them. However when a new factory is proposed to the locals, they realise that for it to become a reality, they need to have a doctor – and so when Dr. Lewis (Taylor Kitsch) arrives for a month, »
- Stefan Pape
Led by Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch, the comedy will be released in the UK and Ireland at the tail-end of the summer, and eOne has now launched the trailer for our shores, along with the UK quad poster.
Brendan Gleeson is Murray, a once proud fisherman who now, along with his former colleagues in the harbour of Tickle Head are out of work and forced to live off welfare. Prohibited from fishing enough to make a living and the community spirit having faded a long time ago, the Mayor comes up with a dazzling plan – a giant corporation need a location to build a factory and Tickle Head could be just the right place. But there’s just one problem – in order to qualify, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Simon Delaney, Bobby Moynihan, Dave Patten, Adam Chanler-Berat, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor, Amos VanderPoel, Matthew Daddario | Written and Directed by Ken Scott
Delivery Man has Vince Vaughn starring as David Wozniak, an incompetent meat delivery guy who has serious money problems, can’t seem to do anything right and has just got his girlfriend pregnant. To top all that, he comes home one day to find a lawyer waiting for him and is presented with the news that he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made 20 years earlier. 142 of these children all want to know who their biological father is and have began a lawsuit to find out. David then embarks on a journey to decide whether he should reveal his identity, and to learn a little about himself as a father as well.
Delivery Man is a film which »
- Richard Axtell
To celebrate the arrival of Delivery Man, HeyUGuys caught up with writer-director Ken Scott, who conceived this comedic tale about fatherhood – to give you a heads up on what you can expect from the bundle of joy that will soon be yours to take home…
Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?
The earliest memory I have is of watching Star Wars and being blown away by the story – just the scope of the film. I loved the whole experience, and it was in that moment that I fell in love with film. But I would say the first moment was when I was in my mid-teens, and I actually started to consider working in the industry.
You’ve spoken of the impression Star Wars made, but was this the source of your interest in storytelling or does it lie outside of film?
In Québec where »
- Paul Risker
Director: Ken Scott
Running Time: 102 minutes
Extras: Bloopers, Deleted Scene: You’re Under Arrest
I can usually give or take Vince Vaughn, he has the ability to be a fantastic actor, see Swingers, then again he can be really disappointing. Unfortunately he is the latter in this new comedy from Ken Scott.
Delivery Man is based on a French-Canadian comedy from 2011 named Starbuck and Vaughn plays meat delivery driver David Wozniak. He is forever down on his luck and up to his eyeballs in debt when he finds out that he is the father of 533 children through a series of sperm donations he had made twenty years prior. When he finds out that 142 of them want to meet him, he brings in his rubbish laywer friend, played by Chris Pratt, to help keep his anonymity. Of course curiosity gets the better of »
- Lucinda Holt
In a cross-pond comedy pact, France’s Quad Films (“The Intouchables”) and Canada’s Caramel (“Starbuck”) are teaming to produce an English-language remake of Dany Boon-starrer “The Volcano” (Eyjafjallajokull).
At $27 million, the big-budget comedy “The Volcano” cast Boon (“Welcome to the Sticks”) and Valerie Bonneton as a long-divorced couple who embark on the same flight to attend their daughter’s wedding in Greece. When the plane is grounded because of the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, the pair is forced to embark on a long trip across Europe to make it to the wedding on time.
- Elsa Keslassy
Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the youngest director in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's "Mommy." The director: Xavier Dolan (Canadian, 25 years old). "At last" isn't the typical response when a 25-year-old director makes it into the Cannes Competition, but a number of people -- not least Dolan himself -- would say that it's about time. Since winning top honors at Directors' Fortnight, aged just 20, with his semi-autobiographical debut feature "I Killed My Mother," the precocious Québécois child actor turned filmmaker has been on the fast track to the auteur A-list. "Mommy" is his fifth feature, and his fourth to »
- Guy Lodge
Delivery Man is an American remake from Disney Studios of a French language film from the same director, Ken Scott. It tells the improbable (but true) tale of affable underachiever David Wozniak (played by Vince Vaughn), whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the mysterious donor.
When Melissa Howland reviewed Delivery Man here at We Are Movie Geeks, she wrote: “Delivery Man offers audiences a lot of laughs, and a lot of heart…..this is Vince Vaughn’s best role yet” (read all of Melissa’s review Here).
Since I had just seen the French version, I skipped Delivery Man when it played theatrically. »
- Tom Stockman
Another sappy movie about a lovable man-child who finds out he's fathered 533 kids via sperm donations? Oh, but this time it's French
Stop me if you've heard this one before: a feckless yet lovable man-child (José Garcia) finds out he's fathered 533 kids via sperm donations he made 20 years ago. Although he's fighting in court to maintain his anonymity, he can't resist surreptitiously meeting some of the children he sired, thereby discovering hitherto unsuspected wells of paternal feeling. Yes, it's the same sappy-sweet plot as director Ken Scott's 2011 French-Canadian movie Starbuck, which was recently remade (by Scott himself) into Vince Vaughn vehicle Delivery Man, using a story probably inspired by the 2010 documentary Donor Unknown (still the most interesting take on the raw material). The only major difference with Fonzy, which cleaves slavishly to Scott's template, is that it's set in France. Watch all of them back to back and it's »
- Leslie Felperin
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: March 25, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $32.99
The comedy movie follows underachiever David Wozniak (Vaughn), who learns that, thanks to selling his sperm 20 years earlier, he has fathered 533 children — and now they all want to know who he is.
Chris Pratt (TV’s Parks and Recreation) and Cobie Smulders (Safe Haven) also star in the PG-13 film, which was written and directed by Ken Scott, the director and one of the writers of the original Starbuck.
Which is interesting, because 2011′s Starbuck got much better reviews than Delivery Man, even though (judging by the trailer), the new movie almost looks like a step by step carbon copy of the original but with different faces. Starbuck, however, was rated R, so maybe »
Delivery Man, 2013
Directed by Ken Scott.
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.
Marketing can be a funny thing. If you've seen the posters, trailers and the rest of the marketing material for Delivery Man, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this was 2014's 'Vince Vaughn wacky knock-about comedy'. His mere presence would suggest that the movie carries a light and comedic tone, but Ken Scott's Delivery Man is not that film at all. For starters, it's not even a comedy.
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One cannot help but approach the first Vince Vaughn film of the new year with a somewhat heavy heart. Yet director Ken Scott's remake of his 2011 French-Canadian fertility romp Starbuck sticks closely enough to the original to all but negate any significant input from its usually slappable leading man. The story is virtually unchanged: a feckless middle-aged wastrel who once earned money donating sperm finds himself on the wrong end of a paternity suit brought by 142 fatherless offspring at the precise moment that his girlfriend declares herself to be pregnant. Is the perennial man-child ready to take on the responsibilities of fatherhood or will he remain just an irritating wanker?
There's something queasy about the way the film affords its leading man quasi-heroic speeches about how only »
- Mark Kermode
In 2011, Canadian director Ken Scott made his debut with Starbuck, and French language film about a man who finds out, due to an error at a sperm bank, he is the father of 533 children. Fast forward to now, and Scott is making his Hollywood debut with Delivery Man, an English language remake with Vince Vaughn in the lead role. Vaughn plays David Wozniak. A waste of space really, in constant debt and a burden to his family's butcher shop where he works, his life is turned upside down when he discovers 142 of his children filed a lawsuit for him to reveal his identity. Against the advice of his friend, and lawyer, Brett (Chris Pratt), David makes contact with each child anonymously, bestowing on them random acts of kindness, and cleaning up his act in the process. After a string of comedies which took advantage of Vaughn's brash, fast talking persona, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Film critics, we’re often told, don’t vote for the Oscars — but if they did, here’s what at least three of their nomination ballots might look like. We listed our top five choices for best director, actor/actress, supporting actor/actress, original/adapted screenplay and cinematography. For best picture, we allowed ourselves 10 choices, based on the unlikely but theoretically possible outcome of 10 nominees in that category.
“12 Years a Slave”
Joachim Lafosse, “Our Children”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Tahar Rahim, “The Past”
- Variety Staff
What is supposed to be funny and heartwarming is instead creepy and stalkerish. There’s no charm or emotional plausibility in a tale that cannot work without it. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the Canadian original
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s meant to be hilarious,it would seem. Brooklynite David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn: The Internship) unknowingly fathered 533 children by anonymous artificial insemination decades back, and now 142 of his young-adult biological offspring have filed a class-action lawsuit to learn his identity. Comedy ensues, until David learns the true meaning of fatherhood and the basic expectations that come with being an adult human being, which he’s never had to bother with before, because his boyish doofiness has been tolerated by all around him. All the charm of Starbuck, the Canadian film this is a near scene-by-scene, beat-by-beat remake of, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Vince Vaughn comedies usually have him shooting his mouth off, but this time he's in trouble for having scattered too much of his seed at a New York fertility clinic with the result that, years later, 142 of his 533 biological children club together, contesting their right to know his identity. The concept is high, the execution is hit and miss.
Canadian writer/director Ken Scott revisits the story, having already enjoyed success with his 2011 French-language version Starbuck. Of course Vaughn brings some of his own sensibility to it, but thankfully, without going over the top. His restraint in the quipping department is a big plus point, though he still cracks a few wise ones when the situation requires it.
As David Wozniak he is constantly getting himself into sticky situations (no »
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
Director: Ken Scott
Running Time: 105 minutes
Synopsis: David is the black sheep of the family, and works as the delivery man at his family business. He’s dating a woman way out of his league and is chased by men due to an unpaid debt As these problems don’t seem enough his girlfriend falls pregnant at the same time as he’s being sued by children spring from a sperm donation he made 20 years ago.
It’s a strange sight to see Vince Vaughn without a comic lead by his side that he can serve as a side kick for. He’s always needed Jon Favreau, Jennifer Aniston or Owen Wilson before. In this film Cobie Smoulders who plays his girlfriend is too smoldering to serve as a part of a comedy duo, and Chris Pratt outshines Vaughn instead of complimenting his performance. »
- Isra Al kassi
★★☆☆☆ The death throes of the Vince Vaughn comedy vehicle must surely be imminent. The Internship (2013) certainly represented the sharpening of the reaper's scythe, but Delivery Man (2013) may give it a brief stay of execution. Canadian director Ken Scott here remakes his successful French language indie Starbuck (2011), smoothing some of the rougher edges and injecting some star wattage. It's a weak but well-intentioned picture that favours warm, gentle humour over the aggressive nastiness of the Hangover films, which plods along rather innocuously were it not for Scott's clumsy lunges for emotional resonance.
- CineVue UK
Ken Scott’s French-Canadian film Starback (2011) tells the story of David Wozniak, a forty-something, meat delivery man who in his twenties received a generous second income from his contribution to a local sperm bank. When the hundreds of kids that he has brought into the world come a-calling, David must decide if he should be involved in their lives or not.
Just two years later Scott is back with the Us adaptation of his own film, The Delivery Man. Vince Vaughan fleshes out David as a soft round the edges, inoffensive middle aged man living in a trendy loft space, heavily indebted and attached to a dubious girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) Just as with its predecessor, David’s troubles catch up with him as the sperm bank that he had been contributing to under the alias ‘Starbuck’ has received legal notice from the 533 children that he has co-created, that they want »
- Beth Webb
20 items from 2014
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