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Review of "DELIVERY MAN"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2013. First Published 18th November 2013.
REVIEW: "DELIVERY MAN" by Jayne Waterford

Ken Scott's "DELIVERY MAN" (2013) is an adaptation of, "the 2011 hit French-Canadian film comedy, "STARBUCK", which was also directed and written (with Martin Petit) by Ken Scott." And it is the wettest film of 2013.

Vince Vaughan acts in a strange way through this tale as if minimising his presence in the story in a way, allowing us the grace to imagine how nice he is while the plot constructs his character around him. It is not an enjoyable performance. However, the story is funny.

David (Vince Vaughan) has racked up 80 thousand dollars-worth of debt and is trying everything to escape being beaten up and drowned by the thugs he owes the money to. The plot takes us through a dope growing scene that feels more like an appendage that can be discarded with no harm done to the story.

In the middle of all this a lawyer appears on behalf of the fertility clinic and announces to camera David had fathered 533 children 120 of which wanted to know who he was. This was the first I'd ever heard of it. So it was a lovely surprise. (he he)

Our story is desperate to curry our good will and bends over to encourage us to empathise with the lead. His debt was wracked up out of kindness to his family, his family is lovely, his girlfriend is pregnant, he wants to be a father, he is doing his best to change but I found it difficult to enter the story.

One prop that works well is David's nose. At one point he sits next to half a dozen of his sons all of whom has large and oddly shaped noses while his modified job really is too petite.

"DELIVERY MAN" is an earnest examination of identity and the essential need for parents in a person's life as well as the radically different effects the lack of a father can have on different people. In the end this story moved me as the subject matter is bound to do but I didn't like it. And now I've found out it's just a remake. 2/10

Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2013.


Ken Scott's "DELIVERY MAN" (2013)
Release Date 5th December 2013
Category Comedy
Format 2D
Running Time 104 minutes (1 hour, 44 minutes)
Rating M
Origin USA
Format 2D
Director Ken Scott
Studio DREAMWORKS
Stars Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
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Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australia
Official Blurb "David lives the life of an irresponsible adolescent who coasts through life with minimal effort and maintains a complicated relationship with Valerie, a young policewoman. Just as she tells him she's pregnant, David's past resurfaces. Twenty years earlier, he began providing sperm to a fertility clinic in exchange for money. He discovers he's the father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class action lawsuit to determine the identity of their biological father, known only by the pseudonym Starbuck.

DreamWorks Pictures’ "DELIVERY MAN" stars Vince Vaughn as affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years earlier resulted in 533 children.

David must now embark on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but also the father that he could become.

Filmmaking Facts

• "DELIVERY MAN" is based on the 2011 hit French-Canadian film comedy, "STARBUCK", which was also directed and written (with Martin Petit) by Ken Scott.

• "DELIVERY MAN" was shot entirely on locations in

New York.

• The weekend camp scene was filmed in several different locations, including Staten Island and in a park more than an hour away from the city.

• New York City was selected over New Orleans and Atlanta as filming locations specifically to avoid any possibility of interruptions from a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy promptly hit the production!

• In real life, British biologist Bertold Wiesner, who operated a fertility clinic in the 1940’s, is believed to have fathered approximately 600 children!

• The name Starbuck, David’s alias when making donations at the fertility clinic, came from a famous Canadian bull who, during the 1980’s and 1990’s generated $24 million in fertilization cells and sired 25 percent of all the cows in North America.

• During a real Knicks NBA game at Madison Square Garden, production was given only six minutes during half time to shoot their staged plays.

• Two real butcher stores in Queens were used as the

set for the Wozniak family’s meat business.

• Costume designer Melissa Toth was responsible for dressing and redressing anywhere from 110 to 500 kids on any given day.

• The "DELIVERY MAN" hospital location was shot at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City." - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Australia PR

Cobie Smulders as Emma and Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak star in DreamWorks Pictures' heartfelt comedy, "DELIVERY MAN".

Jessica Miglio

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Cobie Smulders as Emma and Vince Vaughn as David Wozniak star in DreamWorks Pictures' heartfelt comedy, "DELIVERY MAN".

Jessica Miglio

©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Affable underachiever, David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn, right) seeks advice from his friend and attorney, Brett (Chris Pratt) when he discovers that his anonymous donations to a fertility clinic twenty years earlier resulted in 533 children in DreamWorks Pictures' "Delivery Man".
Photograph: Jessica Miglio
© DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jessica Miglio

© DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Affable underachiever, David Wozniak's (Vince Vaughn) mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out he fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic twenty years earlier in DreamWorks Pictures' "DELIVERY MAN".

Jessica Miglio

© DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Affable underachiever David Wozniak (Vince Vaughan) hides his true identity from a group of 142 young men and women who have gathered to discuss a pending lawsuit to discover the identity of their biological father, in DreamWorks Pictures' heartfelt comedy "DELIVERY MAN".

Jessica Miglio

©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.

David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn, center) is surrounded by 142 of his 533 children in DreamWorks Pictures' heartfelt comedy, "DELIVERY MAN".

Jessica Miglio

©DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC. All Rights Reserved.