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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.

Director:

Ken Scott
11 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Huard ... David Wozniak / Starbuck
Julie LeBreton ... Valérie
Antoine Bertrand ... Avocat
Dominic Philie ... Frère sombre
Marc Bélanger Marc Bélanger ... Frère sympathique
Igor Ovadis ... Père de David
David Michael David Michael ... Antoine (as David Michaël)
Patrick Martin Patrick Martin ... Étienne
David Giguère David Giguère ... Porte parole
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ... Julie
Pierre Mailloux Pierre Mailloux ... Proprie café fe quartier
Patrick Labbé ... Maître Chamberland
Marie-France Lambert ... Infirmétre intervante
Pascal Contamine Pascal Contamine ... Équipier #2
Félix Brassard Félix Brassard ... Julien
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

3 May 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim 533 Çocugum Var See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,530, 24 March 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$335,034, 19 May 2013
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Production Co:

Caramel Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This and Delivery Man (2013), which is a remake of this movie, are both directed by Ken Scott. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown on colorful narrow strips, as if created by a classic label maker. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.33 (2013) See more »

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Runaway
Written by Matt Berninger (as 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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Should Starbuck spill the beans?
18 April 2012 | by LaakbaarSee all my reviews

In this feel-good movie the viewer is transported to the world of David Wozniak, a French-speaking Polish-Canadian who lives in Montreal, where he works in a family business as a meat deliveryman. He's an average Joe without much ambition or money. He is amiable and has a good heart, but his girlfriend Valérie is ready to dump him because of his aimlessness.

It turns out that he has a secret. Because of a screw-up at a fertility clinic, he is actually the biological father of hundreds of children. There are so many of them they have organised to find out the identity of "Starbuck", their common father. This diverse, interesting group of young people have formed a rather large club that socialises together. After all, they have the same father.

The plot of the movie has two threads based on David's attempts to cope with this situation: David getting caught up (secretly) in the world of these children; but at the same time David trying to hide his identity from them, Valérie and the world. I was drawn into this scenario and was curious to see where it would go.

The movie had a lot of fast dialogue in French, but it was easy to follow because of the English subtitles. The film is filled with gentle humour. The interesting world of the Wozniak family was portrayed realistically. Montreal life is the quiet backdrop to this movie. However, you have to wonder where the snow was!

One thing that wasn't really explained was how these sperm-donor children all found each other. Clearly there was a massive problem with the clinic, but this aspect is not dwelt on in the film.

Final word: a good movie.


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