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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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Ken Scott
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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 ... Porte parole
Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse ... Julie
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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$340,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,662,911
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Production Co:

Caramel Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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 »

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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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A Life-Changing Discovery: 533x Over!
8 December 2012 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I saw this French Canadian film on a KLM flight. I have not heard of it, and the title was not catchy, however when I read in the information that there will be an American version to be done, I became curious so I went on to watch it. I did not regret it.

For a movie that began with the uncomfortable scene of a guy donating sperm in a sperm bank. From such an inauspicious beginning, what unfolds is actually a heartwarming story of David Wozniak (Patrick Huard), a middle-aged man whose life of non-commitment changes radically when he discovers that he had actually fathered more than 500 kids via his multiple sperm donations done when he was a young man. When 143 of these kids file a class suit against the anonymous donor "Starbuck," will David reveal his secret identity? If he does, how will he face all of these newly-arisen paternal responsibilities?

Of course, there are scenes which may look cheesy for some, but viewed with the proper attitude without cynicism, these scenes are actually quite nice and even touching. Since David's kids are all young adults already with individual personalities and problems, his approach to each one would have to be different based on the situation each kid is in. The public controversy and discussion that arose when the news of the "Starbuck" case hit the tabloids is also very thought-provoking.

This film was an unexpected delight. It was good to know afterward that this movie actually received multiple nominations and even won awards at the Genie and various film festivals. I am glad I caught it before the American version. It would be interesting to compare the treatment of the story.


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