Movie Review: Delivery Man

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Despite its “Hollywood-ness”, ‘Delivery Man’ can be a decent comedy for those who hasn’t seen the original film

This is a Hollywood remake of a 2011 French-Canadian movie entitled Starbuck, about a man named David Wozniak who’s donated his sperm hundreds of times within a period of time under the alias “Starbuck”, and found out years later than he is the father of 533 children and 142 of them have partied up for a lawsuit to hopefully get his identity revealed. Delivery Man is actually a 2013 film released in the US and elsewhere in November, probably got delayed here in Malaysia due to a scene that required censoring.

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I haven’t seen the original film it’s based on yet, so I won’t be doing much comparison here. While the humour and cinematography of this remake are very typically the boring Hollywood rom-com style, the situation that Wozniak is in does make it quite an amusingly interesting, lighthearted easy-pill movie to swallow, particularly with Vince Vaughn’s (The Internship) performance that somehow managed to make Wozniak likable despite the character’s irresponsible and unreliable nature to his loved ones.

The film, however, suffers from a few things here and there. First, it’s the lack of the emotional play, which left me emotionally unattached throughout the movie. Director Ken Scott seemed to have chose to not properly develop the relationship between Wozniak and his family and girlfriend, Emma (played by Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother). And then there seems to be some plot holes and inconsistency in the story as well.

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According to some people who’ve seen the original, Delivery Man has missed out on one very essential thing and that is to mention that most of Wozniak’s kids have real parents and they love them but they just have the need to know who their biological father is when they’ve come of age. The film also failed to really convince me to want to have babies. I see glimpses of beauty of it through the story, but not enough to make people like myself to have a change of mindset.

What I would’ve named the film: “The Awesomeness of Fathering 533 Kids”

The name Starbuck… is apparently the name of a legendary Holstein bull that had almost 700,000 doses of its sperm sold in 45 countries which produced over 200,000 of its daughters in the 80s to 90s (source here) before it was cloned in the year 2000. Pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who I thought it’s meant to be a joke by the character in the movie signing off as the overpriced coffee brand every time he jerked off at the sperm bank.

If I was the writer

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Censorship in Malaysia: Only a scene was noticeably cut, it’s either involving a stripper or a guy kissing another guy, but more likely the latter.

Second opinion: Before I told my girlfriend that it’s a remake of another film, she said it’s not bad and that she couldn’t understand why it’s certified rotten on Rotten Tomatoes.

Verdict: A decent comedy with an interesting plot, a good popcorn movie with a date.

Rating: 3 / 5

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: P13
Genre: Comedy Drama
Running Time: 105 minutes
Director: Ken Scott
Writers: Ken Scott, Martin Petit
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders

Synopsis: From DreamWorks Pictures comes “Delivery Man”, the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.

Malaysia Release Date: January 2nd 2014
Local Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Malaysia
Studio(s): Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, Reliance Entertainment

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