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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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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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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

3 May 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Benim 533 Çocuğum 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Caramel Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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

Remade as Fonzy (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Atelier
Written by David Giguère
Performed by David Giguère
Published by Éditions Sénior Inc
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Starbuck: A wonderful surprise
28 October 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Remember Vince Vaughns enjoyable comedy Delivery Man (2013)? Well this is where it all began, a French Canadian movie that got remade multiple times including the aforementioned title.

It tells the story of a lovable loser who donates heavily to the sperm bank. One day he discovers he has fathered over 500 children and that over 100 of them are fighting through legal means to have his identity revealed.

A powerful, moral, thought provoking tale I actually enjoyed the Vince Vaughn effort but certainly didn't expect the original to be this much better. I know generally US remakes are inferior but it was loyal to this, the original however is just a complete tour-de-force.

I was just talking recently about how many movies have made folks cry and that my number was just 4. Not too bad considering I've now seen over 8000 films! Starbuck almost made it a 5th, it crushed me and choked me up!

No Vaughn here, no Chris Pratt but it does have the same director as the Hollywood remake. No familiar faces helped the film no end as I saw characters instead of actors.

This is the best film I've seen in a longtime and heartily recommend it. Even if you don't like subtitles or sappy movies, but your bias aside and give Starbuck a chance. I'd be very surprised if you regret it.

Outstanding stuff.

The Good:

Great soundtrack

Heartfelt

Thought provoking

The Bad:

Nothing springs to mind

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

Some people really do read the articles in porn magazines

Threat of drowning isn't taken into consideration on a bank loan application

I too cannot look at a child for more than 10 seconds without wanting to smack it

Sperm donation is prostitution


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