Friday, November 22 2013, 11:07 AM MST
Movie Review: Delivery Man
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt, Cobie Smulders
Recommended To: Vince Vaughn’s friends and immediate family, those that refuse to read subtitles and desperate moviegoers that can’t get into Catching Fire.
Synopsis: David (Vince Vaughn) is a dysfunctional meat delivery man who learns that his frequent visits to a fertility clinic 20 years ago has made him the father of 533 children. 142 of those children are now suing to learn his identity. Will David come forward or fight to keep his identity a secret.
Review: Based on the French Canadian film Starbuck, Delivery Man gets its English language adaptation courtesy of Ken Scott, the co-writer and director of the original film. Starbuck was surprisingly charming, primarily due to Patrick Huard’s performance as David. It was the sort of film I had no interest in seeing, but left the theater glad I had. It is a film filled with heart and well-conceived comedy. The instant I learned that Vince Vaughn would be playing David in the English language remake I was worried. When it comes to actors with emotional range Vaughn doesn’t come to mind. I was confident that Vaughn could play the less endearing aspects of the character, but would he be able to really take the audience along on his redemptive journey? I had my doubts.
To his credit Vaughn is better than I expected, but he still isn’t able to elevate Delivery Man from being a pleasant, but unnecessary and easily forgotten experience. His version of David is fairly static and the distance between who he is at the beginning of the film doesn’t feel all that different from the person he is at its end. I initially hated Huard’s version of David and grew to love him, much like he learns to love those around him. Had Delivery Man been able to replicate that experience it would have been a much stronger film.
-Ryan Michael Painter