Vince Vaughn’s latest venture is like an episode of the Maury Show on fertility hormones.
Delivery Man is an American retelling of the French film, Starbuck. David Wozniak is a delivery guy who works for his family’s meatpacking business. He owes $100,000 to some loan sharks and has a rocky relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. It seems that life can’t get any more chaotic, until he discovers that he fathered 533 children in an artificial insemination gone awry. The children (now in their late teens and early twenties) want to learn the identity of the man known simply as “Starbuck.” Luckily, Dave’s best friend is a lawyer because he has to go against the courts to maintain his anonymity. Curious, Dave finds creative ways to get involved in his children’s lives while keeping his identity as “Starbuck,” a secret.
Delivery Man captures Vince Vaughn being… Vince Vaughn. Throughout his lengthy career, the Wedding Crashers star hasn’t ventured far out of his romantic comedy comfort zone. The shtick pretty much remains the same: the likeable slacker schlubbing it through life.
However, the film was fresh and fun. Dave’s rant towards a moody barista was hilarious. One of the most heart-warming moments was when he connected with one of his children, who had severe cerebral palsy. I also loved the bond between the “Starbuck” children, as they took part in a bonding weekend in Central Park. The dynamic cast includes Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live) and Under the Dome’s Britt Robertson (You read it here first-- this girl is going places!).
Besides being a feel-good movie, perfect for the holiday season, Delivery Man gives life to a newer conversation about artificial insemination and the children who exist because of it. It makes you question, “What constitutes a family?” Delivery Man is surprisingly touching and thought provoking for a Vince Vaughn movie.
Want to see a real life Delivery Man scenario? Check out MTV’s latest docu-series Generation Cryro. Real teens, born through artificial insemination, search for their biological father. Generation Cryo debuts Monday, Nov. 25, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.