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Delivery Man (2013)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 22 November 2013 (USA)
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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.

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David Wozniak is a man who is irresponsible and unreliable which doesn't exactly endear him to his family and his girlfriend. And when she tells him that she's pregnant, she tells him, she plans to do it on her own because she can't count on him. One day a lawyer shows up and talks to him about the fact that twenty years ago he was a sperm donor for about a year and his sperm was used to father over 500 children. And now over 100 of them want to know who he is but because he signed a confidentiality agreement, they can't be told who he is. So they are going to court to try to get the confidentiality set aside. His lawyer tells him that they can win this. But when the lawyer who saw him gives him info on the ones who want to see him, he takes a peek at one and decides to go see him and not tell him he's the father. He then goes out and checks out some of his other children and doesn't tell them who he is and connects with them. His lawyer tells him it could jeopardize their case, ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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You're never quite ready for what life delivers.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language | See all certifications »

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22 November 2013 (USA)  »

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$26,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,944,977 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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$30,659,817 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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Remake of the 2011 Quebec film, Starbuck, where a slacker character, played by Patrick Huard, discovers years later his donation fathered 500 children. This movie is also written and directed by Ken Scott. See more »

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Ryan is one of the 142 children of David, who applied a request to disclose the identity of their biological father. However, Ryan is severely disabled, how did he made the request? See more »

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David: Emma... Will you marry me?
Emma: Won't you wanna wait and see if I get my figure back?
David: If you stay flabby, I promise I'll get flabby as well.
Emma: Wonder if that's the first time the word "flabby" has been used in a marriage proposal.
[she kisses him]
David: Emma... I'm Starbuck.
Emma: [whispers angrily] Why are you always scamming? God, how could you think that a marriage proposal would excuse the fact that you're the father of 533 children? David! God! No, this... this is no longer your child!
David: I wanna be very clear on...
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Letter of Complaint: Dead on Arrival
1 April 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

"Yo no soy David Wozniak"

I went in expecting a comedy but got a serious drama with a bit of humor to make it funny. Watching Vince Vaughn fumble around in his role as a meat delivery man can seem kinda humorous but its almost annoying.

When David (Vince Vaughn) finds out he's the father to 533 children through donations he made to a fertility clinic 20 years ago, he learns that a fraction of them want to meet him. Against the advice of her lawyer best friend Brett (Chris Pratt), and while trying to mend the relationship he has with his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders), David decides to set out and see how his children turned out. Along the way he starts to find himself waist deep in the situation.

Delivery Man has a hard time finding its tone and at times suffers from not knowing what it wants to be, but it does have some heartfelt moments. I wasn't familiar with the original Canadian film so I can't be the one to judge if this remake holds up to the original. Cobie Smulders didn't have much to work with, and the same thing could be said about the teens playing Starbuck's children. I still ended up enjoying this a lot more than I expected to so I was pleasantly surprised with Delivery Man.

This is, I think, a fairly original concept, which could be pursued as a drama just as easily as a comedy, as is the case here. It isn't the tidiest job of scripting in the world - the debt subplot is largely unnecessary, there are other plot lines which aren't necessarily resolved satisfactorily (or at all) and, for a comedy, it is not especially loaded with laughs.

Despite it's many lows, it also has some highs that make this worth a watch. It really comes down to a 50/50 and whether you like Vince Vaughn or not. For these reasons Delivery Man gets a 5/10.


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