I attended a media screening for the purposes of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’m not going to beat around the bush… I had my doubts about this movie. I loved Vince Vaughn from his Swingers and Old School days, and thought he was hilarious in the bit Anchorman but really, not much has impressed me beyond that. All the movies have been OK… but nothing like Swingers (it was money baby!). So I went in a bit cautiously to see Disney/DreamWorks latest comedy, The Delivery Man (now open nationwide), and well… it won me over.
The film is a remake of a remake (but really the exact remake of the original…confused? Yea… just leave it at remake) of the French-Canadian film “Starbuck” (also directed by the same director, Ken Scott). Vince plays David Wozniak, the irresponsible but charming man who, through a mishap at the fertility clinic he donated sperm to over a decade ago, fathered 533 children. Now 300 of those children want to know who their daddy is and are suing to find him. On top of this, his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) has just found out she is pregnant and needs him to prove to her why she should not only keep him in her life, but allow him to be a father to their child. Armed with his lawyer best buddie, Brett (Chris Pratt), he battles for his anonymity, his choices and, overall, his life choices- to be a father.
Vince Vaughn’s comedic timing is to be expected, but the charm he has as David is what won me over. I felt for him… I cheered him on, even when I thought “Emma could do better!” You just wanted him to have that happy ending. I also felt for Emma, in a way, almost remembering all those cautious barriers I had when I was young and taking chances on love. But who really won me over? The stories of these kids all searching for a piece of themselves that they couldn’t find anywhere but with their “dad.”
It’s a movie about finding out who you are and accepting yourself, the good and the bad, and asking others to accept you too. Grab your parents and go check it out while you’re in that turkey day coma.
The Delivery Man is now open in theaters everywhere.