Conclusion: 'Delivery Man' bills itself as a feel-good comedy, and although it gets the feel-good part right, this run-of-the-mill vehicle for Vince Vaughn trades laughs for sentiment, and as a result, gives the audience a raw deal. Lacking bite and a strong emotional hook, writer-director Ken Scott's remake of his own French-Canadian film is pleasant enough, but decidedly mediocre, and even a more-likable-than-usual Vaughn can't salvage it.
Summary: A tired retread of director Ken Scott's own French-Canadian indie, Starbuck (2011), Delivery Man wanes, waffles and ultimately fails in its bid to make an unlikable man-child likable. Vince Vaughn's David Wozniak shows heart, and plenty of it, but this is as sugary and sentimental as arrested development comedies get, and a far cry from the delicately balanced late onset maturation dramedy Scott clearly believes he's delivering.
Summary: As I mentioned earlier, this is a comedy; however, it is not the comedic portions that make this a worthwhile movie theater experience in my opinion, it is the human aspect. It is the idea of simply finding your purpose and being there for someone without expecting something in return, and that is what is displayed on center stage in this film.
Excerpt: The need to procreate is perhaps the most basic human instinct. In fact, humans and dolphins are the only two species on the face of the planet that have sex purely for the pleasure of it. For everything else, it’s purely for reproduction. Food for thought, eh? Now I’ll be dead honest here, having a biological child of my own is probably my biggest fear.
Conclusion: I can't say I was expecting much from Delivery Man , but this ill-conceived, schmaltzy Vince Vaughn dramedy still fell short. Though the average moviegoer might not hate the film (as evidenced by its currently far too high 6.4 IMDb rating), it's a really poor attempt at feel-good entertainment which makes one feel very bad about the current state of Vince Vaughn's career.
Excerpt: "It is impossible to be the father of 533 children." Writer/director Ken Scott ’s “Delivery Man” is an English-language remake of his original French-Canadian film “Starbuck” (2011). The Hollywood version is a lesser endeavor when directly compared to its superior, subtitled predecessor. Although perhaps not a fair one, the comparison is necessary simply for the fact that “Man” is a scene-for-scene––and sometimes even shot-for-shot––redo, with little deviation from form.
Excerpt: Chris Pratt walks off with most of what's memorable about Delivery Man , Ken Scott's Hollywood remake of his modest Canadian hit Starbuck . The Parks & Recreation staple plays Brett, the schlubby lawyer and best friend of David Wozniak (Vince Vaughn), a dull New Yorker who, because of some 600 sperm donations he made years ago, turns out to be the father of 533 children.
Excerpt: Funny as he can be, Vince Vaughn has stagnated over the last few years, starring in a string of underwhelming studio comedies and playing the same guy again and again. It turns out all he needed to cure the bad streak was to try something a little bit more serious. In writer/director Ken Scott’s Delivery Man , Vaughn gets the chance to branch out of his comfort zone, and while the movie as a whole has its problems it also features the star’s best performance in a long...