Delivery Man (2013) (Indie Comedy) - 3/8/2014
Delivery Man is high concept, and like most high concept comedy, it weighs heavily on it’s aspirations as a film vs. it’s actual value as a concept. Like The Invention of Lying, it kind of doesn’t work. But like the classic Liar, Liar, it’s capable of a solidly fun ride through a totally unbelievable premise, producing both decent gags and a moment or two of real dramatic insight.
The concept for Delivery Man is pretty simple (I guess): around a decade ago, a slacker manchild (typecast as Vince Vaughn) donated enough sperm to eventually become the notorious father of 533 children (for which he is nicknamed “Starbuck,” presumably because his seed has been spread as far and wide as the coffeehouse chain Starbucks), a portion of which have joined a class action lawsuit to force the fertility clinic to reveal his identity.
There isn’t much to say about this film, other than that it’s a lot better than you might expect. It’s very far from perfect, but easily the best Vince Vaughn vehicle since Wedding Crashers. This is a morality tale that digs a little deeper into the true meaning of human kindness and selflessness than you would expect from a movie of it’s kind. Towards the end, it becomes a little generically sentimental, but it doesn’t take away from the fairly fulfilling journey that comes before it.
Cinematography: 8/10 (The director frames his shots in interesting ways)
This film is actually a remake of a 2011 French-Canadian film called Starbuck, to which critics were generally kinder to. I was going to review Starbuck, but I couldn’t find it online. Then, I learned that Delivery Man was written and directed by the same person as the original, so I figured it was a good compromise to review this one.
I recommend giving this film a watch if you’re feeling down in the dumps. It’s the kind of movie that might pick you up and make you feel a little bit better about what the people in the world are capable of.
Oh, and Chris Pratt plays Vince Vaughn’s lawyer. It’s so great.
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