Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) has been an underachiever his whole life and there are no signs of things getting better. He works for the family meat business but is given a job with the least amount of responsibility – delivery man. Wozniak isn’t very trustworthy neither, so his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) breaks up with him after revealing to him that she is pregnant. She only wants to take care of one child, not two.
But the underachieving delivery man is also a very caring one. He took his parents and all his brothers to Italy as his mother’s dying wish twenty years ago. But how did he manage to afford a trip itinerary like that? David decided to anonymously donate his sperm at a fertility clinic until he was able to afford to pay for the trip. David at the time had his mind in the right place, he wanted to do something amazing for his mother but now he has a problem – 533 of them. The fertility clinic had accidentally used his sperm more than they should have and resulted in 533 children with David being the biological father of all of them.
142 of them decided to file a lawsuit demanding to know who their real father is. Brett (Chris Pratt), David’s best friend and lawyer, takes on the case hoping this can land him his first victory in court because he’s an underachiever in his career. Brett, who had information on all 142 offspring, gives David the file but warns him not to look through it. Obviously this is easier said then done, David eventually looks through the file and decides to use this as an opportunity to take on some responsibilities.
Because David doesn’t want to give away his identity he decides to be their guardian angel from a far – helping each one of them from a distance while keeping his name a secret. As time comes closer to the court date David’s feelings about keeping his identity changes when he decides that he wants to reveal who he really is but that is short lived. Other than being wanted by 142 of his children, David is also wanted by a 143rd person and this one isn’t his child – it’s a man whom he owes $80,000 to. Brett comes up with an idea to counter sue which would result in enough money to pay back his debt. But will David Wozniak’s heart allow him to go through with the counter suit and forever hide his identity from children who truly just need a father in their lives?
Delivery Man is a remake of the 2011 French-Canadian film Starbuck which received a 65% from critics on RottenTomatoes and 7.2/10 on IMDb. Delivery Man on the other hand I fear will receive lower ratings. Simply because the film was not as funny as it should of been. The duo of Chris Pratt, a favorite on Parks & Recreation, and Vince Vaughn’s laugh out loud moments came short of expectations.
On the other hand, this film does have a heart felt message to it about family, adulthood and what it means to have a father in your life. All of those messages are clearly received but no thanks to Vince Vaughn. Delivery Man has some of the 142 children and David’s father (Andrzej Blumenfeld) to thank for that.
Overall, I would wait until this film hits Netflix to see this film and if you are interested in seeing it then I recommend seeing the original, Ken Scott also directed and wrote Starbuck.
What The Delio?!: 6.5/10