In Ken Scott’s Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn plays irresponsible delivery truck driver David Wozniak – the naive, risk-taking, black sheep of his family. After a pyramid scheme leaves him with over $100,000 in debt, David discovers that, not only is his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) pregnant, he’s at the center of a high-profile privacy lawsuit. Twenty years back, David had regularly donated (in exchange for cash) to a fertility clinic under the pseudonym “Starbuck” – which in turn disproportionately distributed his “super” sperm to hundreds of women. As a result, David learns that his trips to the sperm bank resulted in the birth of 533 children that share his DNA – of which 142 have joined a class action lawsuit to unearth Starbuck’s true identity.
This is Vaughn at his most vulnerable. You will definitely see this wisecracking actor at a different point in this heart-tugging new comedy about fatherhood and family, is warm as well as wry.
I love how writer-director Ken Scott builds a series of emotional arcs designed to force the quintessential Vaughn man-child to grow up.
When David (Vaughn) gets curious about some of the kids and when he starts showing up in a few of the kids’ lives — still anonymous — so does a sense of responsibility. They come in all colors. Some are gay. One is disabled. All have issues. Stereotypes abound. He also finds a bond with the diverse batch of young people, reveling in their talents as well as attempting to aid in their challenges. However, as the lawsuit becomes a trending topic on cable news channels, David must decide whether or not to reveal himself and take an active role in the lives of the “Starbuck Kids” – or focus entirely on his “real” family.
I wasn’t sure how I would like Vaughn in a non-funny movie role but I quickly realized that this was a film I was falling in love with as the time went by. I did have quite a few laughs like I hoped but I also cried.
‘Delivery Man’ out 11/22/2013
MPAA rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language
Running time: 1 hour, 43 minutes
Playing: In general release
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