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With: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, Andrzej Blumenfeld, Simon Delaney, Bobby Moynihan, Dave Patten, Adam Chanler-Berat, Britt Robertson, Jack Reynor, Amos VanderPoel, Matthew Daddario
Written by: Ken Scott, based on a screenplay ("Starbuck") by Ken Scott, Martin Petit
Directed by: Ken Scott
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language
Running Time: 103
Date: 11/22/2013

Delivery Man (2013)

2 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Canadian Ken Scott directs the American remake of his own R-rated French-language film Starbuck, which opened in this country just a few months back. Delivery Man has been awarded a PG-13 rating, indicating that it has been at least a little neutered. Vince Vaughn stars as David Wozniak, who, in the early 1990s, donated sperm over 600 times, resulting in 533 children, 142 of whom have initiated a lawsuit to find the identity of their biological dad.

The flat, scrubbed-looking film barely does anything with this premise. The children are all "types" from a casting call, and they all wind up in a huge "kumbaya" love-fest ("we're all brothers and sisters"). To make up for it, Scott and co-writer Martin Petit are forced to cook up a stupid, unexplained subplot about David owing a grand to lethal loan sharks, as well as a new pregnancy. However, Chris Pratt, in the "best friend" role, provides the movie's slyest line readings -- and its only laughs.

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