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Reason for the Rating: Thematic elements, sexual content, some drug material, brief violence and language.
Plot Summary: A lifelong slacker and delivery man finds out that he is the biological father to 533 children.
PopFam Recommends: Delivery Man is a funny, heartwarming movie that most teens and parents will enjoy.
David Wozniak has 533 children…He just doesn’t know it yet.
Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) works as a delivery driver for his father’s meat company, and he’s got problems. He’s not good at his job. At one point in his life, he had to (repeatedly) donate sperm to a sperm bank to raise a significant amount of money. Those days are long past, but now he’s $80,000 in debt to the mob , and his relationship with girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) is failing. Then comes “the big fight” with Emma. He’s stunned to discover that she’s pregnant with his child—and that she plans to raise the baby without his help.
Suffice it to say that David’s life has not turned out the way he’d planned. Still, he’s a man with a generous heart, he’s got good friends, and maintains a hope for better things.
What he doesn’t know is that Emma’s baby will actually be his 534th child!
Through a mix-up at the sperm bank, David’s anonymous “contributions” were accidentally distributed to hundreds of women, resulting in 533 successful pregnancies. Of that number, 142 of the children, now grown, have filed a lawsuit to find out who their biological dad—known to them only by the donor alias, “Starbuck”—is.
David’s life couldn’t seem to get any worse. But the good Mr. Wozniak isn’t counted out yet.
He enlists his best friend Brett (Chris Pratt) as his lawyer and the two plan to not only keep David anonymous, but also to countersue the clinic where David donated. If they win this, David’s debt to the mob will be a thing of the past! But what should be a simple money-grab gets difficult when David starts to anonymously meet—and unexpectedly love—some of his biological children.
So what will David do? Will he stay the course and win money to pay off his debts and (hopefully) get his girl and their baby back? Or will he give it all up and reveal his identity to the 533 children he is secretly growing to love? Watching David Wozniak work through this dilemma is what makes this film worthwhile.
Delivery Man fits neatly into the typical Vince Vaughn movie. He once again succeeds at playing the loveable slacker who works to overcome his shortcomings. Along the way, there are of course quite a few laughs and funny circumstances. But unlike most Vaughn movies, there is actually some drama and heart thrown in. Pleasantly, those moments didn’t seem out of place, and added an unexpected layer of depth to the performance of the guy who pioneered lightweight comedy as star of films like Wedding Crashers and Dodgeball.
The story (based on director Ken Scott’s 2011 French film, Starbuck) was well-paced and nicely thought-out. Something interesting was always happening onscreen, some new twist or jolt that made you want to see more. While there is a large ensemble cast, there are just a few core characters, and they all did good jobs at portraying the roles they were in.
Parents should be aware there are a few profanities used in the film, as well as intermittent sexual references, so I wouldn’t recommend this movie for younger children. Also, parents of early teens may want to watch Delivery Man first to make sure it’s appropriate for your kids specifically.
Bonus features on this Blu-ray aren’t anything spectacular. There’s a gag reel that was only OK, and a solitary deleted scene. There’s also a short and lifeless little blurb about Vince Vaughn’s improv skills and a “making of” segment. None of the extras really caught my attention or had anything great to add to the movie.
Overall though, while Delivery Man won’t be winning any Academy Awards, it easily achieved what it set out to do: Entertain. This is a fun movie that most of your family, teens and up, should enjoy.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• How has having kids changed your perspective on life and your priorities?
• How have you been a guardian angel for your kids without them knowing about it?
• Any thoughts on how you would parent 533 kids?
• In what ways might an active faith in God change David Wozniak’s perspective? How does it change yours?
• What advice would you give to first time parents? To your parents?
Tags: Delivery Man, Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders, David Wozniak, Ken Scott, Starbuck
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