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Plot: An affable underachiever finds out he's fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them file a lawsuit to reveal his identity. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 21 Nov 2013
Vaughn Shows Plenty of Heart and Talent (by aharmas)
Vince Vaughn is delightful in this film. I was pleasantly surprised his achievements in this story of a man who finds a way to redeem himself in the eyes of others, and most importantly himself.Vince plays David, a man who made quite a bit of donations to a fertility clinic. A couple of decades later the past comes back to haunt him, as mismanagement in the clinic results in his having fathered way too many children, and some of these young men and women are very interested in locating him. Of course, the situation presents to have Vaughn make a few other questionable choices, but here is <more>
where the film surprises you. Instead of going for a cheap farce, with overuse of foul language and silly situations, Vaughn's character searches for a way to find out how his actions affected the lives of so many.He begins to shadow his "children", acting in his own words like a guardian angel. This immature man and apparently irresponsible man is now finding ways to compensate for not being around the lives of people who are biologically related to him but have no emotional ties to him. It's in the early sections of the movie where the tone is set, and we discover that he is a complex and caring individual, and Vaughn shines by using his acting talents in ways we have never seen before. He has always portrayed the irresponsible fool with a smart mouth. Here we see him as a sweet, lost, and misguided individual who suddenly discovers he has a focus, but he is not able to achieve what he wants and needs right away. With the help of his lawyer friend, he begins to develop a strategy which might misfire at any moment. It all looks like this will reach epic and tragic results, yet it ends up being a very satisfying narrative, in an old fashioned way that we rarely see anymore.Vaughn continues to lead us in his quest to find a solution that will be satisfying to David, his immediate family, his now flourishing relationship with his girlfriend, and a few hundred of his children. It could all end up in a big disaster, a badly developed ending, something that didn't feel honest and touching. What we get is a lovely ending, which will have more than a few people in the audience reach for their hankies because here is a film that will appeal to the needs we have to love and be loved. It's interesting that it took an actor who never appeared to have any commonalities to people like Tom Hanks, a man who has made an art of showing us how love and compassion can be portrayed in so many ways. Vaughn's eyes are amazing, and so is the way he has discovered the use of his voice to relay the various emotions he encounters along the way.It is a shame that this year there 's plenty of dramatic entries because he deserves to be noted and celebrated for doing a fantastic job with a film that many never have the opportunity to enjoy. This is my second viewing, and both times it made me feel that it is wonderful to be alive and that the world is not such a bad place after all.
Funny man Vince Vaughn has made a career out of playing obnoxious, motor-mouthed, louts in raucous comedies like "The Wedding Crashers," "Couples Retreat," "The Internship," "Old School," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," and "The Watch." In his latest laffer "Delivery Man," he doesn't portray another obnoxious, motor-mouthed, lout. Instead, he plays a sympathetic, soft-spoken, slacker. Subdued as he is in writer & director Ken Scott's remake of his own French-Canadian film "Starbuck" 2011 , Vaughn <more>
is cast as a middle-aged, ne'er-do-well, oddball who scraped together a pile of dough during his youth from providing sperm donations for a fertility clinic. The premise of "Delivery Man" is singular in its novelty. No other comedy that I can recall has ever employed this plot. In an administrative blunder of nightmarish proportions, the fertility clinic relied almost predominantly on our protagonist's sperm, and the 693 deposits that he banked with them bred 533 children! Two decades later, the progeny insist on meeting their papa, and they challenge our humble hero in court to divulge his identity. As rude, crude, and lewd as "Delivery Man" must sound, this sentimental, feel-good, PG-13, pleasantry is not cut from the same cloth as most of Vaughn's characteristic, lowest common denominator, slapstick farces. Incredibly enough, in a season celebrating super-heroic exploits like "Thor: The Dark World" and feats of empowered femininity like the incendiary "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," "Delivery Man" focuses on down-to-earth, flesh-and-blood characters who live quiet lives and blend into the background. A conspicuous loser in virtually every facet of his life, our sperm donor extraordinaire has no idea that he has sired so many offspring. David Wozniak Vince Vaughn of "Four Christmases" drives a meat delivery truck for Wozniak & Sons, his immigrant father's business in New York City. Without a doubt, David is the slowest delivery man on his papa's payroll. Not only is he a magnet for uniformed NYPD cops writing parking citations, but also he has landed on the wrong side of ruthless loan sharks. He is over his head in debt to these hooligans for $80-thousand. Nevertheless, everybody loves David, including his cute girlfriend, Emma Cobie Smulders of "Safe Haven" , who happens to be one of New York City's finest. Before our ill-fated protagonist learns about his woes from the fertility clinic, he discovers that Emma is pregnant. She adores David, but isn't entirely sure that he would make an adequate breadwinner. She agrees to give David a chance but warns him that he will remain on probation until she decides otherwise.Sadly, David has struggled over the years with various get-rich-quick schemes. Those pie-in-the-sky ideas have yielded little in the way of consequence. As the action unfolds, David has just scrapped his latest inspiration—cultivating marijuana hydroponically—when he learns about Emma's pregnancy. Emma has always wondered why David has never invited her to his cramped man cave where he tries to grow pot. While David is worrying about his woes with Emma, he finds out that 142 offspring from the fertility clinic have embarked on a class-action lawsuit to smoke him out into the open. When our hero submitted his sperm to the clinic back in the day, he signed a confidentially contract. David's best friend and sometime attorney Brett Chris Pratt of "Moneyball" advises him to lay low. Brett has four children of his own and advises David to steer clear of his children. David has never distinguished himself with his brilliance. He takes a packet from Brett that contains profiles of the 142 children. Mind you, every one of David's biologically sired children is grown-up. Despite Brett's warnings to not peruse the profiles, David does and hatches a bizarre scheme to act as their guardian angels. Like a guardian angel, he helps out his offspring without letting them know that he has a stake in their lives. Initially, he attends a basketball game where one son is playing and behaves like a one-man cheerleading squad. In another instance, he stands in for a barista so the guy can attend a casting call for actors. Predictably, inept as David is, he all but destroys the coffee shop as he tries to perform a good deed. Later, he rescues a daughter as she is about to plunge herself into the nightmare of heroin addiction. Several lesser examples occur with David berating wolves whistling at a sexy daughter, assisting a drunken son with a cab, and urging bystanders to ante up contributions for a sidewalk musician. Meanwhile, Brett tries to concoct a strategy that will serve them well in court. Brett is a woebegone underdog himself. Indeed, his own mother assured him long ago that he is no Perry Mason. When Brett tries out his courtroom defense approach on his four children, they question his competence as an attorney!Scott and Québec-born, co-scenarist Martin Petit never miss a chance to be multi-culturally correct. As it turns out, the women who availed themselves of David's prolific sperm donations were not exclusively white. David begat a few African-Americans, too. Furthermore, some of his grown-up brood preferred to explore alternate lifestyles. At least one of them is handicapped both mentally and physically. The awkward scenes between David and his crippled son are the stuff of tearjerkers. A lesser movie would have depicted a breakthrough with the handicapped guy acknowledging his biological father. Of course, contrived as it is, "Delivery Man" doesn't let our hero get off the hook. Just when it appears like David's anonymity will remain intact, everything comes crashing down. Cynically, with the Thanksgiving holidays at hand, you could say that Touchstone Pictures, a division of Disney Studios, couldn't have chosen a better time to release this art-house gem. Scott's comedy celebrates fatherhood in general and presents a rainbow of situations in particular where parental love triumphs over adversity. "Delivery Man" qualifies as a refreshing change-of-pace for Vince Vaughn.
This is the probably one of the greatest movies I have watched in recent months. Surprisingly well scripted and well acted movie. Funny but makes us think about life. Despite of many critical comments Delivery Man shines as Vince Vaughn shines in this movie.When David Vaughn found out about kids from his sperm donation he sets out to find out how they live their life. As he interacts with them David becomes more mature and found the meaning of life in different perspective. Performance of supporting actors including Chris Pratt was very good and enjoyable. However because of the time limit <more>
the interaction of the kids were shortened to demonstrate any importance. But performance of David's family created many funny moments with warmth. I recommend this movie to anyone.
Wow not what i expected! (by chris_rowe-881-168820)
Firstly I will start by saying I am a huge comedy fan!, I have seen pretty much every major and a lot of indie comedies in the last decade. I have seen a lot of Vince Vaughn films and have to say I am not a big fan of his, he sometimes shines like in the Internship, but mainly is a stiff, one dimensional actor who delivers wooden performances.His last film as I said was totally enjoyable, so I was open to seeing this as I thought maybe he has turned a corner and hell was I right!. He shows comedy timing brilliance and shows the one thing I have rarely seen from Vaughn... Emotion.This film is <more>
as funny as it is deep! it is a joy to watch and is also just strangely gripping in a way most comedies do not succeed. He is an endearing character chasing his 500 odd children and most bring flashes of hilarity whilst the rest bring a nice emotional warmth.You will definitely enjoy this film, after poor comedy outings such as this is the end, bad grandpa and the diabolical grown ups 2 this will restore faith that there will be some genuinely funny films that don't rely to much on swearing, sex and unnecessary shock humour such as casual racism and sexism.Enjoy and prepare to laugh and say awwww until the film leaves you feeling like you've finally after a few months seen a truly great comedy film again.If this is the standard Vaughn is now setting then I cant wait for the next one!!!!!
A man discovers he is the biological father of over 500 children (by mikeatdt)
I am dumbfounded at the critics' lackluster to bad reviews of this great movie, which is funny and poignant, as well as thought provoking. Vince Vaughn gives a wonderful performance, and is evolving, in my opinion, into his generation's Bill Murray, a very funny comic actor with a gift for the dramatic. Don't let the odd premise or the off the mark reviews keep you from watching this touching film. Good supporting performances from Chris Pratt and Andrzej Blumenfeld round things out. No spoiler here, but a scene late in the film between Vince's character and his father is so <more>
understated, yet hilarious, that I had to pause it several times until I stopped laughing. What I really loved about this film was how the humor came out of truthful situations even though the main premise of the film is preposterous.
More than Dick Van Patten ever had to deal with. Touching and funny, there is a lot here. (by face-819-933726)
A Vince Vaughn movie is not supposed to get you like this one does, at least they never have before. This is a great story with some incredibly believable acting the pulls no punches as a sensitive touching movie, but that has no problem being completely off colour and hilarious one beat later. So very good is the character that Vaughn plays in the opening acts he is a complete and total loser who can do nothing right, and who has all of the wrong people after him. Then though as the story opens up we see that he has not always been this way, he has slipped, and the sudden changes in his <more>
life could not have come at a better time, or been more of the exact wake-up call that he needed. This is really an Enjoyable movie for everyone, from the cranky old folks you have to feed pureed food to, all the way down to the young'ns who just like to laugh. The content, and main plot may be more than you want your kids watching, but, There are some moment in this movie that you will actually want to share with them. I recommend you give it a try, I dare you not to be touched behind the bleachers by this one.
Coming into this movie I expected a hard core comedy full of Chris Pratt puns and Vince Vaughn One liners, but after watching this movie I saw it as something else. Vince Vaughn just blows it out the waters with an actually heart felt performance, This isn't just a sly comedy but a heart felt family drama where one ordinary man has to come to terms with an unordinary situation and Vaughn does it well and with great help from his co-stars. Definitely worth at least one watch, if not for Vince Vaughn then definitely watch it for Chris Pratt because even if this movie isn't just a <more>
straight odd ball comedy it's definitely got it's funny moments and all mostly revolving around Chris Pratt and his Attorney at Law bit.
a Remake of a 2011 French film called "Starbuck"... (by janniejaye)
Hate it when Hollywood takes a great foreign film, remakes it and ruins it! The original French film is called "Starbuck" it is so much better than this "Delivery Man"! Why do they do this? Is there such a shortage of writers in the USA that an original work cannot be written or a novel made that hasn't been done yet? I find it embarrassing the USA feels the need to remake a foreign film in the first place, copy cats! Is it because they think they can make it better, that the original work wasn't good enough? Seems an insult to the country that originally made it! <more>
Hollywood also remakes films from here too, as I recently read "Point Break" is going to be remade with Gerard Butler. The original is a classic, great film, Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves were both awesome in it, this does not need remade either, STOP it Hollywood, stop with the remakes!
A loving ode to Polish sausage . . . (by cricket30)
. . . which Dad called "kielbasa" when it was served weekly at our table of yesteryear. No matter what it's called, this tubular meat clearly fills much of Vince Vaughn's truck as he plays DELIVERY MAN for "Wozniak Meats" in New York City. Though only 142 of his now 20-something-year-old artificial insemination offspring are shown, it's safe to assume most of his other 391 kids are camera-shy BECAUSE THEY ARE MARRIED TO EACH OTHER! After all, birds of a feather clump together like peas in a pod. In real life, the American media have reported on instances of <more>
fertility doctors besting fictional meat man Wozniak's procreational totals, apparently because the tightwad docs wanted to save on freezer storage bills. AKC-registered dogs are far more carefully pedigreed than U.S. citizens. As DELIVERY MAN proves, Americans--especially in big cities where fertility clinics have been around for decades--will be running a great risk of inadvertent in-breeding, until mandatory DNA registration be made a preliminary step to EVERY "love connection," whether a prospective marriage or a spur-of-the-moment drunken "hook-up."