Written by Yue Jie
Directed by: Ken Scott
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Running Time: 105 minutes
Classification: PG13 – Some Sexual References
Release date: 1 Jan 2014
At first glance, Delivery Man looks to be an oddball comedy. With the concept of a sperm bank gone wrong and a donor having fathered hundreds of children, this seems sure to have its originality at all the right places. By Canadian director Ken Scott, Delivery Man is his second film and also a remake of his own debut French-Canadian movie Starbuck (2011), a term that is infused as a plot point in Delivery Man.
Actor-comedian Vince Vaughn plays David Wozniak, a deliveryman (not to be mistaken for the title) at his family’s butcher shop. His girlfriend Emma (Colbie Smulders) is pregnant with his child, and he returns home one day to be told by a lawyer that he is the father of over 500 children. While any other person will go berserk at such news, David takes it calmly and tries to feign ignorance of the news and of the lawyer, much to our amusement. A novelty at first, this method of pretense recurs in another scene that doesn’t conjure up as much humour as it is intended.
Off David goes to consult a lawyer friend Brett (Chris Pratt) whom has never won a case and decide to uncover the profiles of all his teenage children and track them down without Brett’s acknowledgement. As all other characters have only a first name without a last name, there is little or no development for most of the supporting cast in the movie and they merely serve to accumulate the indicated numbers of David’s children.
With a pregnant girlfriend and a family that doesn’t care about him, David discovers he can be of help instead of being torn down by his meat factory. He tries to make himself a better father by finding as many of the children as he can and do something for each one that will make them happy.
Halfway through the movie, the pace isn’t as energetic as when it began, and it gets even harder when the plot of Delivery Man is one that’s hard to believe and hence difficult to sympathize with. Perhaps aware of this, Scott comes up with humorous contradictory and even ironic scenes to amuse his audience as best as he can.
When David eventually reveals himself to his children, the tonality, though heartwarming, ends up being anti-climatic. With its unrealistic scenario and the characters’ laidback, nonchalant attitude, Delivery Man is better off as a family movie to watch on DVD. Nevertheless, it is still a senseless, light-hearted comedy movie to kick off the New Year with.
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