Delivery Man / by Krista Boivie

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:

Perpetual screw-up David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn) is living a life of frivolous irresponsibility when he finds out that the sperm bank where he made frequent deposits in his early 20's has put him in a difficult position. Due to a clerical error, David's samples were given to hundreds of women resulting in the birth of 533 kids fathered by him. Those children have now banded together and are suing the clinic to find out the identity of their biological father. David turns to his best friend Brett (Chris Pratt), an unemployed lawyer, to help fight the lawsuit and protect his anonymity, but as he starts looking through his kid's files, he falls prey to his curiosity and can't help but get involved in their lives. Seeing himself in his many children, combined with the news that his girlfriend (CobieSmulders) is now pregnant forces David to re-evaluate his life and decide what type of man he truly wants to be.

Scott's Review:

Vaughn is very, very funny and this film puts him in the perfect type of scenario to play up his rascal's charisma. Pair that with the always-brilliant Chris Pratt and you get a lot of laughs from a movie that could have been a disaster in the wrong hands. The other facet of the movie that really appealed to me was how much warmth there is. So much humor in movies and TV these days is harsh and mean-spirited, but Delivery Man managed to elicit both laughter and emotion.

I only wish that David hadn't spent so much of the movie keeping his family at arms length. He has multiple opportunities to be honest with them, but he never takes it until it is impossible to hide his situation any longer. The scenes where David is with his father ( Andrzej Blumenfeld) and brothers (Bobby Moynihan and Simon Delaney) are the ones that really allow us to care about David, so it would have been nice if they beefed those scenes up instead of giving us more of the scenes where you see David as a floundering mess. If they had sacrificed a few of the cheap laughs in exchange for adding some more depth Delivery Man could have truly delivered. B