Starring: Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt, Britt Robertson
Directed by: Ken Scott
Rated: PG-13 Run Time: 103 mins Genre: Comedy
Opens November 22nd
By Lisa Minzey of The Reel Critic.com
Hey Phoenix Film Fans! Opening this week is the remake of the comedy “Starbuck” directed by Ken Scott, which was in limited release earlier this year. Didn't get a chance to see it or curious to see how this version with Vince Vaughn as the lead stacks up to the original? Read on to find out.
Everyone makes dumb mistakes in his or her twenties. Noone knows this better than David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn). For extra scratch, he would go to the local sperm bank to make “deposits”. Out of all those visits, it had resulted in fathering 533 children. Unbeknownst to him, 143 of those children have filed a lawsuit for the identity of their father to be revealed. David seeks counsel from his friend Brett (Chris Pratt), who vehemently advises him to stay away from the kids. David can’t help himself as his girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with his child, and he is curious about his other “children”.
Unable to stay away from the now adult children of his donation days, David keeps his identity a secret by trying to help some of the kids out. Will David be able to keep his secret or will his actions of his past ruin his future with Emma?
It helps, during a remake of an original film, to have the same writer/ director in the same roles as the first film. Although some of the situations have been slightly tweaked, some of the risque scenes cut to make it a more friendly rating of PG-13, the essence and tone of the story does not get lost in translation. "Starbuck" was French film subtitled for English, but "Delivery Man" holds up through translation into English splendidly. Vince Vaughn shows a softer side to his normal, fast-talking, rambling antics to reveal compassionate depths previously unseen. It's not to say that Vaughn didn't spin the Starbuck character into his own image, but it holds the integrity that actor Patrick Huard originally created. It's easy to see why a story such as this would be made and then re-made into a bigger budget Hollywood film. Two words: Unique Story; such a rarity in Hollywood. Be sure to catch "Delivery Man" When it opens in theaters nationwide starting Friday November 22, 2013.