Review

Canadian director Ken Scott’s remakes his 2011 French-language hit comedy Starbuck. Scott has virtually remade his original film, replacing Patrick Huard with Vince Vaughn and now calling it "Delivery Man".

If you haven't seen the original, and I would imagine that the vast majority going to see this won't have, Vince Vaughn stars as David Wozniak, a good-natured slacker who drives a meat truck for the family’s butcher shop. He owes money to some loan-sharks, and his pregnant policewoman girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) has told him that she doesn’t trust him to be a suitable father for their child and that she intends to raise their child herself.

Wozniak then gets news from a sperm-donor clinic that his numerous deposits two decades ago were overused and have resulted in him fathering 533 children, 142 of whom have now filed a class-action lawsuit challenging the legality of the signed confidentiality forms and aimed at discovering the identity of their biological dad.

When his lawyer and friend, played by Chris Pratt, obtains files on the 142 kids suing him, David’s fatherly instinct kicks in and he decides to look in on some of his young-adult children without identifying himself, interacting with them individually in secret and seeing himself as a guardian angel who might be able to contribute something useful or even critical to each of their lives.

"Delivery Man" is pretty inoffensive stuff and is carried by the charisma of Vaughn. It is without doubt overly sentimental and so sugary sweet that you might find your teeth falling out as you watch it. However if you leave your cynicism at the door and just sit back and take it for what it is you might just find that you will come out of the cinema with a smile on your face, and you can't ask for much more than that.



Delivery Man (12A)

1h 45m

Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders


UK Release: Friday 10th January 2014






Delivery Man - "Yo No Soy" Clip

Delivery Man - "Thanks Kids" Clip