WRITTEN BY: Ken Scott
DIRECTED BY: Ken Scott
STARRING: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt
RATING: 2.5 stars
Delivery Man is a remake of the French-Canadian film Starbuck, which was only made in 2011, albeit with subtitles, which apparently many Americans simply refuse to watch. Writer/director Ken Scott is at the helm again for the remake and has not changed the film much from the original. Delivery Man has an interesting concept and raises some valid questions about parenthood, but it is neither poignant or funny enough to fit into any particular genre.
David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is a lazy underachiever and owes $80,000 to loan sharks. Somehow, he still manages to have friends and family who love him. His girlfriend Emma (Smulders) is pregnant but has a hard time believing David can grow up in time to be a good father. But things take an odd turn for David when he learns he has fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier. At first, his curiosity gets the better of him and he starts looking into each child and trying to find a way to help them in their lives without them knowing that he is their father. But soon, many of the half siblings get together and decide to file a lawsuit to make the anonymous donor, known as Starbuck, reveal his identity.
I don't know who ever thought Vaughn should be a leading man because he does not have the charm or appeal to make it work. While he has his funny moments, I cannot help but think Delivery Man would have been far better with a stronger lead. Chris Pratt plays David's best friend and lawyer, Brett. He probably generates some of the biggest laughs but even he is not given enough opportunity to be funny. Smulders is also completely underused and her character could have been played by anyone, which is a shame because she has great comedic timing.
Delivery Man had so many interesting avenues it could have explored in its story. Instead, it merely scraped the surface.